Steelers-Panthers Odds & Spread Picks
Sunday Night Football in Week 3 will head to Bank of America Stadium, where the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to hope to put their best foot forward against the Carolina Panthers. The defending NFC South champs are -3.5 at home against a team that has to be reeling after getting smacked last Thursday against the Baltimore Ravens. The ‘total’ is set at 41.5.
STEELERS – PANTHERS SUNDAY NIGHT WEEK 3 LINE:
1. Why the PANTHERS will cover the spread: The Panthers are going to be in great shape in this game because they have all of the factors that the Steelers just can’t stop. Pittsburgh still has one of the worst offensive lines in the game, and that’s really going to show against LB Luke Kuechly and one of the best defensive front sevens in all of football.
On top of that, Pittsburgh doesn’t have the weapons in its front seven to be able to slow down QB Cam Newton. Newton is healthy, and he is ready to take the Panthers back to the postseason this year. Yes, we’re a little worried that RB Jonathan Stewart might end up being the only healthy running back on this roster with both RB Michael Tolbert and RB DeAngelo Williams hurting, but we still think there is more than enough here for Carolina to win this game.
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2. Why the STEELERS will cover the spread: The Steelers could be in a lot of trouble in this game, but the one thing that we have to remember is that Carolina really hasn’t played anyone yet this year. Sure, the argument could still be made that the Panthers haven’t played anyone including this week, as the Steelers really might not be all that good either.
What Pittsburgh does bring to the table though, is RB LeVeon Bell, who will be the best and most dynamic back that Carolina has seen so far on the young season. It’s tough to find running room against this Panthers front seven, but if it’s doable, Bell will figure out how to do it.
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3. Take the Over or Under?: ‘Under’ has been the word for the most part for these two teams this year. Only Pittsburgh’s 30-27 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 made it past the ‘total’, and all three games aside from that that these two teams have played have seen between 31 and 34 points scored.
That’s obviously not even good enough to make it to a teased ‘total’, something that has been tough to do this year (blindly teasing either side of the ‘total’ by seven-points would have yielded a 52-12 record so far through two weeks in the NFL). The ‘under’ is 11-1 in Carolina’s last 12 games overall.
4. Betting Trends for STEELERS/PANTHERS: These two teams have only met each other five times, and the Steelers have won and covered each of the last four, winning all four by at least 10 points. They also covered the first meeting ever back in 1996, losing 18-14 here in Charlotte. Pittsburgh is just 3-7 ATS in its last 10 following a loss either SU or ATS, and it is 5-16 ATS in its last 21 games played in September.
Panthers 20 – Steelers 13