CAROLINA (6-2) at PITTSBURGH (5-2-1)
Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Fox/NFL Network
OPENING LINE — Steelers by 7 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Carolina 4-2-1, Pittsburgh 5-3
SERIES RECORD — Steelers lead 5-1
LAST MEETING — Steelers beat Panthers 37-19, Sept. 21, 2014
LAST WEEK — Panthers beat Buccaneers 42-28; Steelers beat Ravens 23-16
AP PRO32 RANKING — Panthers No. 5, Steelers No. 7
PANTHERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (2), PASS (22).
PANTHERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (8), PASS (19).
STEELERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (6), PASS (4).
STEELERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (12), RUSH (11), PASS (21).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Pittsburgh has won each of last five meetings. .. Steelers are 3-0 against Carolina all-time at Heinz Field. ... Panthers new owner David Tepper is Pittsburgh native and former minority owner of Steelers. ... Panthers scored franchise-record 35 first-half points vs. Tampa Bay last week. ... Panthers have scored 99 points in last nine quarters. ... Carolina has allowed 12 sacks, second fewest through eight games in franchise history. ... QB Cam Newton needs one TD rushing for eighth straight season with at least five TDs rushing. ... Newton has thrown at least two TDs in seven straight games. ... RB Christian McCaffrey has four TDs in last two weeks and had 157 yards from scrimmage last week. ... TE Greg Olsen needs 145 yards receiving to pass Jackie Smith (7,918) for seventh all-time among tight ends. Olsen has TD catch in three straight games... LB Luke Kuechly had 14 tackles in last meeting. ... DE Mario Addison had three sacks last week vs. Bucs. ... Pittsburgh has won four straight since 1-2-1 start to take lead in AFC North. ... Steelers WR Antonio Brown had TD reception in six straight games, tied for second-longest streak in team history. ... Brown's nine TD receptions franchise record for most in first eight games of season. ... Pittsburgh 17-5 at home against NFC under Mike Tomlin. ... Steelers have won six straight games in November. ... Pittsburgh has won four consecutive Thursday night games. ... Steelers RB James Conner first player in team history with 1,000 total yards, 10 TDs in first eight games. ... Pittsburgh LB T.J. Watt's seven sacks rank fourth in NFL. ... Steelers' defense allowing 275.3 yards per game. Team allowed 420.5 yards per contest during first four games. ... Pittsburgh third in league in fewest sacks allowed (11) and has surrendered just two over last four weeks. ... Fantasy tip: Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is thriving as secondary option behind Brown. Smith-Schuster already with 53 receptions this season, needs six to surpass season total from rookie year in 2017.
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