Following a sluggish start Carolina has emerged as one of the top NFL betting choices on the board recently. To be exact the Panthers have won and covered three straight games to come within one game of New Orleans in the NFC South. In the same way Pittsburgh has the hot hand in the AFC North. The Steelers are in fine form with four consecutive wins and payouts. In view of their winning just one of their first four games it’s an impressive turnaround. In fact, the holdout of running back Le’Veon Bell is becoming less of a problem.
Carolina Panthers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Date and Time: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NFL Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Panthers||+3½ (EV)||52½ (-110)|
|Steelers||-3½ (-120)||51 (-101)|
Panthers vs. Steelers TV Coverage: FOX
Pittsburgh is 5-2-1 straight up and 5-3 vs. the odds with five of their games clearing the number. Last week the Steelers scored an impressive 23-16 payout at Baltimore. Pittsburgh now ranks fourth in the NFL for total offense and 12th for defense. Previously the defense ranked near the bottom of the NFL. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger flashes a sharp 93.9 rating with 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Running back James Conner is averaging 4.7 yards per carry in Bell’s absence. As a consequence of their recent success the Steelers lead the AFC North.
Carolina is 6-2 straight up and 5-3 against the spread with five of their games going over the total. Last Sunday the Panthers bombed Tampa Bay 42-28 as six-point home chalks. Carolina boasts the second-best rushing attack in the NFL. Christian McCaffrey leads with 502 yards and 4.6 yards per carry. Additionally, McCaffrey has 49 catches to lead the team. Quarterback Cam Newton has a sharp 100.8 rating with 15 TD’s and just four interceptions. By reason of McCaffrey do the Panthers have the versatility to keep defenses honest. He is among the most versatile backs in the game.
Stats to Consider
Despite their strong play this season Carolina continues to struggle as a road dog. For example, the Panthers have failed to pay in three of their last five as NFL betting away pups. Five of their last eight in that situation went under the total. Balanced against that is Pittsburgh’s recent struggles as a home favorite. To show the Steelers have covered just two of their last eight as a chalk at Heinz Field. Nine of their last then in that situation have gone over the total.
Team vs. Team
Pittsburgh has owned their offshore betting series with Carolina. Encompassing that is the Steelers six consecutive payouts over the Panthers. Four of the last five between these teams have gone over the total. Further, at Heinz Field Pittsburgh is 3-0 both straight up and against the spread over Carolina. Two of those three games cleared the number.
Matchup to Watch
This is the rare Thursday night NFL betting matchup that is appointment viewing. Owing to the good form of both teams, value becomes paramount. Extending the value quotient is Pittsburgh’s poor marks as a home chalk. Carolina has the complete team that can get the money.
Panthers vs. Steelers NFL Betting Odds Pick
In conclusion the dog makes the most sense here with all else even.
Panthers vs. Steelers NFL Betting Online Pick: Carolina Panthers
Panthers vs. Steelers NFL Betting Online Score Prediction: Panthers 21, Steelers 20