Panthers vs. Steelers Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 4 Odds, Prediction

Jeremy Perry | Updated Aug 28, 2018

Cameron Artis-Payne

The Carolina Panthers have been as impressive as any team in the pre-season. They’ve won all three of their games while scoring at least 25 points in each contest.

August 30, 2018, 7:30 PM ET
Heinz Field
Pointspread +2.5 -110
Moneyline +130
Over / Under o +36.5
Pointspread -2.5 -110
Moneyline -150
Over / Under u +36.5

On Thursday, they’ll wrap up their pre-season with a visit to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have had a rocky few exhibition games. While they’ve won two of three, they were also smoked 51-34 by the Green Bay Packers in Week 2.

With both teams likely to rest most of their starters, let’s take a closer look at this contest.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

This is a matchup of two head coaches that actually put some weight into their pre-season games. As mentioned, the Steelers are 2-1 this season and 5-2 over the last two years. Head coach Mike Tomlin is 27-22 overall. He’s also 7-4 in Week 4, which is his best record of any week.

As for Ron Rivera, he’s 18-13 overall in pre-season action. He’s 4-3 in Week 4 of the pre-season, so that doesn’t tell us a whole lot.

Carolina Panthers

What’s to like about the Panthers is that they’re in the midst of a number of key roster competitions. At quarterback, both Taylor Heinecke and Garrett Gilbert have played well in the pre-season behind Cam Newton. Both will see ample time as the team tries to decide what to do with their quarterbacks. The duo was 10-of-15 for 92 yards and a touchdown last week while also adding a rushing touchdown.

Speaking of rushing, the Panthers have had no problems churning out yards on the ground. They had 99 yards and a touchdown last week as guys like C.J. Anderson, Cameron Artis-Payne and Kenjon Barner vie for carries. This unit had 226 rushing yards the week before.

Pittsburgh Steelers

With Ben Roethlisberger expected to rest in this one, we’re likely to see a lot of Landry Jones, Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph. That’s been a mixed bag so far as they’ve been hot and cold. They’ve combined for three touchdowns and three interceptions so far in pre-season play. This should be a quality pre-season rotation but they haven’t performed as well as they should. That showed last week when they mustered just 16 points in total and seven of them came with Roethlisberger under center.

At running back, the Steelers do have weapons but it’s hard to say who we’ll see. James Conner has looked great in the pre-season but the Steelers might be wise to rest him as he’s a key backup. Le’Veon Bell has not showed up to training camp yet, so that makes Conner all the more valuable. Rookie Jaylen Samuels was the only other non-quarterback to have a carry last week, so he should see a lot of work.

All in all, it looks like the Panthers have a stronger rotation at quarterback and running back, so we’ll lean with them.

Panthers vs. Steelers Prediction