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

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 26, 2019

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We are previewing every Week 4 pre-season game here at Sports Interaction even though they are almost utterly meaningless because it’s still football and people will bet on them.

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August 29, 2019, 7:00 PM ET
Bank of America Stadium
Carolina
5-11
Pointspread -4.5 -110
Moneyline -214
Over / Under o +34
Pointspread +4.5 -110
Moneyline +178
Over / Under u +34

Pittsburgh and Carolina close out their pre-season schedule on Thursday night against one another from Charlotte and you won’t see any key players take the field. The Steelers look to cap an unbeaten exhibition slate.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

We are previewing every Week 4 pre-season game here at Sports Interaction even though they are almost utterly meaningless because it’s still football and people will bet on them. There’s always an edge to be found somewhere.

These teams have played one another in the pre-season every year since 2003 and always in the last week. Pittsburgh has won the past two, covering both. The Steelers prevailed 39-24 last year at home. Joshua Dobbs threw for 151 yards and a touchdown while rushing for a score, and Mason Rudolph threw for two scores. More on them below. Kyle Allen threw for 250 yards and a score for Carolina (more on him below).

Carolina also visited Pittsburgh on a Thursday night in Week 10 last year and it changed the Panthers’ season. They were 6-2 and on a three-game winning streak, but the Cats were destroyed 52-21 and Cam Newton was beaten to a pulp. His shoulder wouldn’t be right the rest of the way and neither would Carolina as it wouldn’t win again until a nothing-to-play-for Week 17 matchup in New Orleans. Ben Roethlisberger threw for five touchdowns in that one. One to some guy named Antonio Brown.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Zero chance that Mike Tomlin plays anyone of note here; he wouldn’t have anyways but especially because Pittsburgh is on a short week after winning 18-6 at Tennessee on Sunday night to improve to 3-0 this pre-season. Short weeks are when guys are more at risk of being hurt. The only drama on this roster is between Dobbs and Rudolph to be Big Ben’s backup. Rudolph reportedly is in the lead and was 6-for-9 for 75 yards and a 41-yard touchdown pass on Sunday. He did throw a pick. Dobbs took over in the third quarter and was 4-for-9 for 79 yards and an interception. JuJu Smith-Schuster caught four passes for 37 yards and a score. He’s in line for a potentially huge year with Brown gone.

Carolina Panthers

Want a reason why more and more coaches are choosing to not play their starting quarterbacks at all in the pre-season and why the NFL is going to shorten it eventually? Newton made his pre-season debut last Thursday in a 10-3 loss in New England and left with a foot injury. It appears the team avoided disaster with the former NFL MVP and it’s thought Newton will be ready for the regular season. It’s being called a mild left foot sprain. Starting to wonder if Newton is breaking down as he also had right shoulder surgery in January, his second such surgery on that shoulder in the past three years. Thus, there’s NO chance Ron Rivera risks anyone of note here (in addition, rookie offensive tackle Greg Little left with a concussion). Might not even play presumed No. 2 QB Allen to be safe. Most of the snaps should go to third-round rookie Will Grier.

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