Steelers vs. Panthers Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 3 Odds, Prediction

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Aug 25, 2021

The Panthers are still searching for their first win of the preseason as they host the 3-0 Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday.

August 27, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Bank of America Stadium
Pointspread +4 -110
Moneyline +157
Over / Under o +35.5
Pointspread -4 -110
Moneyline -188
Over / Under u +35.5

The Pittsburgh Steelers will look to be the only team to finish the preseason 4-0 when they head to Carolina to face the Panthers in the preseason finale on Friday night.  Pittsburgh is already 3-0 because of the added Hall of Fame Game against the Cowboys, while Carolina is 0-2 and is coming off a 20-3 blowout loss against the Ravens.

The Panthers are 2.5-point favourites to win on the NFL preseason odds, with a total of 36.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

These teams have ended their preseasons against each other in each of the last 10 years (excluding last year’s COVID cancelled preseason) and split the series evenly at five wins apiece.  They don’t meet in the regular season often and haven’t played a non-exhibition game against each other since Week 10 in 2018.  Pittsburgh pounded the Panthers 52-21, although neither team ended up in the playoffs that season.  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 328 yards and five touchdowns for the Steelers.  Cam Newton (now with New England) led the Panthers with 193 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Carolina’s rookie head coach, Matt Rhule, is 0-2 in his preseason career.  One of the more experienced current head coaches is Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, who has a 34-23 career preseason record.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Even though it’s exhibition, at 3-0, the Steelers look like they’re going to be a playoff team this year.  It’s tough to get an idea of what kind of roster they’ll play on Friday as Tomlin has been very non-committal about playing his starters.  Pittsburgh played a surprising amount of starters for an extended period in their 24-16 win in Philadelphia last week.  It was a little surprising to see veterans like JuJu Smith-Schuster and Eric Ebron playing in the second half, although neither player was used much.  Smith-Schuster had three receptions for 22 yards, while Ebron had a single five yard reception.  Dwayne Haskins (16-for-22, 161 yards, TD), Mason Rudolph (8-for-9, 77 yards) and Joshua Dobbs (5-for-6, 30 yards, INT) split quarterback duties.  With two weeks before the regular season starts, expect No. 1 QB Roethlisberger to get at least a few snaps.

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers have been much less coy about their roster for this game.  After their loss last week, Rhule said he is planning to have his starters play at least a full half against Pittsburgh.  That means you can expect to see quarterback Sam Darnold get a lot more minutes.  Darnold only played one series last week, completing one of his two pass attempts for 16 yards.  Will Grier (11-for-14, 144 yards) and Phillip Walker (1-for-8, eight yards) were also under centre.  Carolina’s offence was held to a lone 41 yard field goal from Joey Slye.  Canadian rookie running back Chuba Hubbard rushed for 24 yards on nine carries.  He also picked up 29 yards on two receptions.  Hubbard will serve as Christian McCaffrey‘s backup this season, so expect him to see a lot of the field on Friday.

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