Panthers vs Steelers: Ron Rivera’s Carolina Panthers aren’t scheduled to face another team with a winning record after the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1) until Week 15, when they face the New Orleans Saints. The 6-2 Panthers enter the matchup looking to extend a three-game winning streak having responded superbly to last month’s defeat to the Washington Redskins.
The game is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on FOX, NFLN in select areas (coverage map here). If the game is on in your market and you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services.
Carolina are confronted not only by an explosive and increasingly-balanced Steelers offense, but also an improving defensive unit.
The Steelers must contain the threat of Carolina’s ever-teasing and ever-elusive quarterback if they wish to vindicate praise of their progression on defense. Pittsburgh signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger was recently asked if he had any advice for his oppos number ahead of the contest,
“I don’t need to give him advice, he’s Superman,” he replied, per Andrew Siciliano of the NFL Network.
Newton is ranked 21st with 1,893 passing yards for 15 touchdowns and just four interceptions so far this season. It’s his figures on the ground, however, that the Steelers will be more preoccupied with foiling on Thursday night. The 29-year old has manoeuvred his 250-pound, 6-5 frame for a quarterback-high 342 rushing yards and four touchdowns off 73 carries. Whether it be designated runs or improvised scrambles, he lurks as a nightmare matchup.
Unfortunately, this week’s showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers has to take place after a short week of rest. You would hope a showdown of two of the best team’s in the NFL would mean we’d get both teams at their best but with so little time to prep let’s all hope for a game free of injuries. Regardless of the circumstances, you don’t want to miss this one, so here’s everything you need to know so you catch all the action.