Pittsburgh Steelers vs Carolina Panthers : A tremendous Thursday night game that features two potential playoff teams. The Carolina Panthers come into this game under the radar, quietly one of the best teams in the NFL at 6-2. The Pittsburgh Steelers almost never go under the radar, especially with the daily Le’Veon Bell drama taking place.
This might be the Steelers’ last week without the superstar running back; Bell needs to report by next week to be eligible to play this season. The Steelers have managed just fine without him, winning their past four games to improve to 5-2-1, which is good for first place in the AFC North.
How to Watch Panthers vs. Steelers: Week 10
Where: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Start: Thursday, Nov. 8, 8:20 p.m. ET
Radio: WFNZ (Panthers)
Stream Online: Watch live with fuboTV
It’s been the Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey show for the Panthers, who currently slot as the top NFC Wild Card team — because they happen to be in the same division as the surging New Orleans Saints. Both of the Panthers’ losses came by one possession and three of their wins have been by double digits. The Panthers have won three straight games and five of their past six, but now the schedule gets tough: They still need to play the Steelers, Falcons, and Saints (twice). Greg Olsen has showed no signs of rust after coming back from his foot injury. He’s a machine in the red zone. His one-handed TD grab last week was sensational. Newton may not have Pro Bowl receivers to throw to, but he’s been able to spread the ball around and run it himself. The Panthere are putting up 27.5 points per game.
The Steelers tied the Browns in Week 1, lost to the Chiefs, almost lost to the Bucs, and then lost 26-14 to the Ravens. Since that 1-2-1 start, it’s been smooth sailing. James Conner has been phenomenal in Bell’s place. Conner is the only player in franchise history with 1,000-plus scrimmage yards and 10-plus TDs in the first eight games. Antonio Brown has been in sync with Ben Roethlisberger, and JuJu Smith-Schuster leads the team with 672 receiving yards. The Panthers will have a difficult time trying to stop the Steelers’ high-powered attack. T.J. Watt continues to anchor the Steelers defense. The key will be stopping Newton from using his feet. He has 342 rushing yards and four rushing TDs, leading all NFL quarterbacks.