Thursday Night Football – Panthers at Steelers

And so Week 10 kicks off tonight with a heavyweight clash between Carolina and Pittsburgh at Heinz Field. Both teams are entering the business part of the season on a good run of form, as they look to progress in their respective divisions. Cam Newton has led the Panthers impressively in their 3 consecutive wins, whilst James Conner is more than filling in for LeVeon Bell in helping to propel the Steelers to 4 wins on the bounce. The Steelers are favorites for the game on home soil, even though they are only 2-2 at home so far on the season, a record they will be looking to improve upon tonight. The Panthers meanwhile are one game behind the Saints in the NFC South and have shown flashes of brilliant offensive play in recent weeks.

As their season records show, the teams are pretty evenly balanced on paper. The stats back this viewpoint up, showing that both teams average 6 yards per play and are scoring 27-28 points per game, whilst giving up 22-23 points per game. Both offensive co-ordinators will be looking for matchups that they can exploit – and we see a definite mismatch when looking at Antonio Brown going up against a Panthers secondary which has struggled. The Steelers offensive line will continue to look to take hold up front and create running lanes for the explosive James Conner to burst through as he has done all season. Christian McCaffrey had a huge game last time out against Tampa Bay and will hope to build off his 2 touchdown game, whilst Cam Newton continues to show his progression as a quarterback and improvement in his decision making.

In what is bound to be an exciting end to end game, we are going with Steelers to overpower the Panthers and grind out a result. William Hill has the Steelers win at 1.54 and the Steelers spread of -2 at 1.70, whilst a nice looking bet is for Steelers to win the second half priced at 1.67. Both running backs have a good chance for a touchdown, but with over 700 yards and 9 touchdowns so far we look at James Conner anytime TD scorer priced at 1.57 with William Hill, or at 6.5 for the same player as the first touchdown scorer.

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