Thursday Night Football : NFL game features two teams with identical 4-3 records: Carolina Panthers vs Pittsburgh Steelers.
Match : Carolina Panthers vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Date : Thursday. November 9.
Start Time : 8.20 p.m ET
Tonight’s game is being played in Houston at NRG Stadium, and the betting odds say that J.J. Watt and the Texans are 7.5-point favorites to win at home against the Dolphins.
The Carolina Panthers vs Pittsburgh Steelers kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET, and fans have multiple options to watch “Thursday Night Football” for free — online, or on TV. Here’s how to catch the game no matter if you’re sitting on your couch in front of a TV or you’re hoping to live stream the Dolphins vs. Texans on your favorite device.
This week’s edition of ‘Thursday Night Football’ should be a damn good one. The 5-2-1 Pittsburgh Steelers are rolling and once again look like one of the best teams in the AFC, and on Thursday night they play host to the 6-2 Carolina Panthers, who look like one of the best teams in the NFC.
Pittsburgh leads the AFC North and surely wants to avoid a loss that could knock them backward if the Bengals manage to get a win on Sunday. The Panthers, meanwhile, are still a game behind the 7-1 Saints, and need a win in order to keep pace in the NFC South and potentially get a home game or two in the playoffs.
Luckily for football fans, we’ll get to see a ton of stars on both sides of the ball do battle, in particular some of the best quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton), running backs (James Conner, Christian McCaffrey), and wide receivers (Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster) in the NFL. That’s a whole lot of offensive talent on the field, going back and forth trying to score against a couple strong defenses playing well of late.
The Panthers bring a three-game winning streak into a tough matchup tonight on the road against the Steelers. Here’s everything you need to know about how to follow the game.
It’s been a good two weeks here with my picks. I went 22-5 straight up the past two weeks and 19-8 against the spread.Let’s just say I am hot right now and plan to keep it going.Last week’s schedule featured a lot of high-profile games, but this week there aren’t as many.
In fact, there might be two. The first is Thursday’s game matching the Carolina Panthers at the Pittsburgh Steelers. The New Orleans Saints at the Cincinnati Bengals is another intriguing game, although putting Bengals in the intrigue category could draw the ire of some.Despite the number of marquee games, I intend to keep my good streak going. Let’s ride the wave.
This is an enticing Thursday night game. Both teams are playing well and come in on winning streaks. It’s always tough for the visitor on a Thursday, but I think Cam Newton will keep the Panthers in this one. Steelers win, but it’s close.
This is a tough turnaround for the Saints, coming off a big home victory over the Rams and now facing a good team coming off the bye on the road. The Bengals are banged up with A.J. Green likely out, which will help the Saints secondary. But I think the Bengals hang around in this one. Saints win it, but it’s tight.
The Falcons are playing consecutive road games outside, which is a challenge. But the offense has come alive behind Matt Ryan. The Chiefs carved up the Browns defense last week, and this week it will be Ryan. The Browns won’t keep up.
THE SERIES: Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 5-1, including five straight victories. Carolina’s only win came in 1996 and that 18-14 win in Charlotte clinched the NFC West title that season. Pittsburgh is 2-1 in Charlotte and 3-0 in Pittsburgh in the series.
RANKINGS AMONG NFL (Through 2018 week 9): Carolina offense – 13th overall, 2nd rushing, 22nd passing. Carolina defense – 11th overall, 8th rushing, 19th passing. Pittsburgh offense – 4th overall, 22nd rushing, 4th passing. Pittsburgh defense – 12th overall, 6th rushing, 21st passing.
BY THE NUMBERS: 3 – This marks the third straight time the teams have met for NFL Thursday Night Football. Pittsburgh won at home by a 27-3 score in 2010 and won 37-19 in Charlotte in 2014.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Steelers running game vs. Panthers defense – Much of the drama in Pittsburgh has been about running back Le’Veon Bell refusing to report after the Steelers put the franchise tag on himi for a second straight year, this time for a $14.5 million contract. Bell has refused to sign the franchise tag, has not attended any team activities since contract negotiations stalled in July and has missed the first eight regular season games. James Conner has replaced Bell and has 796 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns in eight games but the Steelers rushing attack currently ranks 22nd in the 32-team NFL.
NOTABLE: This marks the first regular season meeting between the Steelers and Panthers since former Steelers minority owner David Tepper bought controlling interest in the Panthers; Tepper was a minority owner for Pittsburgh from 2009 to 2018….
The Panthers and Steelers met in the 2018 preseason in Pittsburgh with the Steelers winning 39-24. Carolina and Pittsburgh have met in the preseason 20 times, including once every year since 2003….
Carolina is 2-5 all-time on Thursday, winning in 2015 in Dallas and in 2016 at home against New Orleans…The Panthers enter Thursday’s game with a 198-194-1 all-time record including postseason play…
Despite having an offensive line that has been reshuffled several times since training camp, the Panthers have allowed the third-least quarterback pressures in the NFL this season at 55 in eight games. New Orleans (43) and the Los Angeles Rams (53) are ranked first and second, respectively.