By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Carolina Panthers play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. The game will be on FOX at 8:20 pm EST at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The Panthers come into the contest with a 6-2 record. Carolina is just 1-2 on the road this season.
The Steelers are 5-2-1. They are 2-2 at home this season.
This is the first-time since 2010 that both teams come into a Thursday Night Football game with three or more win streak.
According to Covers.com, the Panthers have a 57% chance to win this game. Their expert poll suggest Carolina has a 59% chance to win the contest.
This is the first meeting between these two teams since September 21st, 2014. The Steelers won that game 37-19 over the Panthers in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Steelers have won the last five games in the series.
Carolina has not won in this series in 22-years. The Panthers won 18-14 against the Steelers on December 22nd, 1996.
The Panthers have won three straight games. They have not lost since a 23-17 loss to the Washington Redskins on October 14th, 2018.
The Steelers also come into contest with a four game win streak. They have not lost a game since losing to the Baltimore Ravens, 26-14, on September 30th, 2018.
“We are growing every day,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. “Guys are getting better. Technically, they are growing in terms of knowledge, they are growing in terms of situational understanding and when you do those things you make plays, and you minimize negativity and those two things happen at the same time. Hopefully we’ve made a few plays and hopefully we’ve prevented a few plays with that approach.”
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has gone 177 of 263 for 1,893 yards. He also had 15 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Christian McCaffrey has had 109 carries for 502 yards and three touchdowns. Devin Funchess has also had 36 receptions for 445 yards and three touchdowns.
The Carolina offense has been different this season since head coach Ron Rivera hired Norv Turner as offensive coordinator in the off-season.
“We don’t necessarily call them trick plays because we work on them so much, and the way we execute them is like any other play,” he said.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has gone 222 of 344 for 2,560 yards. He also has 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
James Conner has had 151 carries for 706 yards and nine touchdowns. JuJu Smith-Schuster leads the receivers with 53 receptions for 672 yards and two touchdowns.