Panthers vs Steelers NFL Week 10 Odds & Expert Pick

Posted by Derrick Harper on November 7, 2018 in

Thursday night football brings us a playoff-worthy schedule, as two hot teams meet in the Steel City. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers will visit Heinz Field to take on Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both teams are streaking right now, with Carolina having won their last 3 in a row, while Pittsburgh has won four straight, which is why they come in as the betting favorites. If the postseason started today, both would be in the field. The Panthers are 6-2, and second in the NFC South with the third best record in the NFC. The Steelers are 5-2-1, which is just ahead of the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North. Let’s take a closer look of Panthers vs Steelers on Thursday Night.

Panthers vs Steelers NFL Week 10 Odds & Expert Pick

Carolina Seeks to Run Wild

A key to this game will be how Carolina’s running game does against the Steelers rushing defense. The Panthers lead the NFL in yards per carry and rank second in both rushing yards per game and rushing touchdowns. Pittsburgh currently has a top 10 defense against the run. In their last six games, the Steelers have held their opponents to under 100 yards rushing. Christian McCaffery, along with the runs by Newton should be a good test for the Steeler defense.

Cam Newton is having another outstanding season. The quarterback is 107 yards shy of 2,000 and has thrown 15 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions. Devin Funchess is the top receiver for the Panthers with 445 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season. Carolina has struggled on the road; winning just 1 game; in Philadelphia. The two losses came in Atlanta and Washington. The Panthers are at Detroit next week, all while in the middle of four road games in five weeks.

Connor Huge Season Continues

Speaking of the running game, James Connor is having a great season. He currently has over 1000 yards from scrimmage. Connor has 706 rushing yards on the season and has four consecutive 100-yard rushing games. Of course, the former University of Pittsburgh is in the lineup because of the absence of Le’Veon Bell. He’ll be met by a Carolina defense that is 8th in the league against the run.

Panthers vs Steelers is going to be a great game.

Antonio Brown is still an elite receiver, but his numbers are down a little this season. JuJu Smith Schuster actually leads the Steelers in receptions with 53 and yards with 672. The Steelers have back to back road games following this game, in Jacksonville and Denver.

Final Prediction Panthers vs Steelers

If Cam Newton and the Panthers are to win this game, they’ll need big contributions from DJ Moore, Greg Olson, and Devin Funchess. The Pittsburgh passing defense is 21st in the league. Carolina will need to take advantage of the weak Steeler secondary. Pittsburgh has won five straight against the Panthers, and are 3-0 when playing in Pittsburgh.

Carolina will come in fired up, but they won’t have enough to stop the Steelers from going 4-0 against them in Pittsburgh. In an offensive fireworks display, Pittsburgh takes the game 31-24.