Carolina vs. Pittsburgh
PICK: guts @ PIT (-167)
DATE: November 8, 2018 - 8:20 PM
STAR RATING: 8.0
EXPERT: Jesse Schule
EVALUATION: Win (800)
This is an 8* play on Pittsburgh.
The Panthers are 2-1 on the road, but keep in mind that they trailed 17-0 in Philly, and pulled off a miracle comeback late in that game. They come into Pittsburgh off three straight wins, but they looked vulnerable in all three of those games. Starting with the win over the Eagles, they were dominated in that game and got lucky to win. Last week against the Bucs, they gave up 21 unanswered points allowing Tampa to pull within a TD after trailing 35-7. The Steelers on the other hand have improved defensively, and have held their last four opponents to an average of 18 points. They are particularly tough against the run, ranking 5th in the NFL allowing opponents to average just 90 yards per game. Carolina is a run first team, ranking 3rd in the league in rushing. This appears to be a tough matchup on the road for the Panthers. I expect Pittsburgh to hold Christian McCaffrey in check tonight, edging out the Panthers in Steel Town.