The 6-2 Carolina Panthers and the 5-2-1 Pittsburgh Steelers are both riding winning streaks, but only one of those feats is going to continue beyond this Thursday, when Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger lock horns at Heinz Field. Going into the Thursday night game, NFL Futures price the Panthers at +1200 to win the NFC Championship, while the Steelers enjoy +500 odds to win the AFC.
Betting Preview for the Carolina Panthers vs Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Week 10 Game on November 8, 2018
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
When: Sunday, November 8, 2018, 8:20 PM ET
Line: Carolina Panthers (+5) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (-5) – view all 2018 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Carolina Panthers (6-2)
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was visibly happy when it was his turn to speak during the postgame presser following Carolina’s 42-28 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Well, he should be. After all, the Panthers and their offense are rolling. Against the Bucs, Newton passed for 247 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions and also had 33 rushing yards on 11 carries. Newton is being surrounded by plenty of talented offensive pieces, including do-it-all running back Christian McCaffrey, wide receiver Curtis Samuel, and now healthy tight end Greg Olsen. McCaffrey paced the team against Tampa Bay in rushing yards (79 with two touchdowns on 17 carries) and in receiving yards (78 on five catches and six targets). Samuel had 53 total rushing and receiving yards with two touchdowns. Olsen, meanwhile, had 76 receiving yards on six receptions and six targets. Perhaps even more impressive was how Carolina’s defense held Bucs star receiver Mike Evans to just 16 yards and a catch, a strong message from the Panthers to Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown.
The Panthers are 2-2 ATS in their last four road games
Betting on the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1)
The Steelers successfully avenged their loss to the Baltimore Ravens back in Week 4 by taking down Joe Flacco and company in the rematch on Sunday, 23-16, and in the process extended their win streak to four games. Not many would’ve thought that the Steelers would be this good back when it was starting to look certain that Le’Veon Bell would have a prolonged holdout, but running back James Conner has been nothing less of an exceptional placeholder. In fact, Conner has at least 100 rushing yards in each of the Steelers’ last four games, including the win against Baltimore in which the second-year pro burned rubber for 107 rushing yards. He also caught seven passes for 56 receiving yards and a touchdown reception. It’s Conner’s presence and confidence which are going to keep Carolina from ganging up on Antonio Brown and the Steelers’ passing attack.
The Steelers, who are ninth in the league with 28.4 points per game and fourth with 313.6 passing yards per contest, are 2-0 ATS in their last two home games.
Pittsburgh wins, 31-28.
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