The Carolina Panthers will try to keep mauling AFC North opponents when they visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on “Thursday Night Football” to kick off Week 10. It’s an 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff from Heinz Field. The 6-2 Panthers already have dismantled Baltimore and Cincinnati and now take aim at a surging Steelers team that has won four straight by an average of 13.3 points. Sportsbooks list Pittsburgh as a four-point favorite. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 51.5 in the latest Panthers vs. Steelers odds. Before you make any Panthers vs. Steelers picks, you need to see what SportsLine’s Adam Silverstein has to say.
Nobody knows the NFL in general, or the Steelers in particular, like Silverstein. CBS Sports’ deputy managing editor, Silverstein is a football guru who demonstrates his encyclopedic knowledge with every pick he makes.
Last week, Silverstein rode the Steelers as short underdogs at Baltimore. The result: Pittsburgh 23, Baltimore 16 — another easy cash. That made Silverstein 4-0 in his past four spread picks involving Pittsburgh, plus a stunning 32-12 in his past 44 NFL picks overall. Anyone who has followed him is way, way up.
“Not only is this a revenge game in an awesome rivalry for Pittsburgh, these teams are trending in opposite directions,” Silverstein told SportsLine members last Sunday. “Baltimore’s 27th-ranked offense is not going to be improved with its starting tackles out for the game and Big Ben is back throwing the rock at will. James Conner might struggle to get going early, but he should be able to wear the Ravens down.” It played out exactly as Silverstein predicted.
Now, Silverstein has locked in another strong against the spread pick involving the Steelers. He’s only sharing it over at SportsLine.
Silverstein knows Conner (AFC-best 706 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns), Antonio Brown (nine touchdowns) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (53 catches, 672 yards) have made life easy on 36-year-old Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben is averaging 311 passing yards and has accounted for nine touchdowns and two turnovers during his team’s winning streak.
The Steelers’ defense has come around too, giving up 18 points per game over the past four. Pittsburgh (5-2-1) covered each of those victories, plus the Steelers are 6-0 against the spread in their past six meetings with Carolina.
But just because the Steelers appear to have put it all together doesn’t mean they cover against the equally hot Panthers.
Carolina’s current three-game tear includes victories over the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles and a 36-21 demolition of the Ravens — the same team Pittsburgh beat by a touchdown last week. The Panthers’ 42-28 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday marked the seventh straight game that quarterback Cam Newton has thrown for at least two touchdowns. He has accounted for 19 TDs against four turnovers in a season reminiscent of his 2015 MVP campaign.
Christian McCaffrey (4.6 ypc, five scores) keys a ground attack that is gashing opponents for 143.9 yards per game, second best in the NFL.
We can tell you Silverstein is leaning under, but his stronger play is against the spread. He has identified a huge x-factor that has him all over one side. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.
Who wins Panthers vs. Steelers? And what huge x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Silverstein’s strong point-spread pick, all from the Steelers expert who has nailed four straight Pittsburgh picks as part of a 32-12 NFL heater.
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