Steelers at Panthers 8/27/21 - NFL Picks & Predictions

Game: Carolina Panthers vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Date & Time: 8/27/2021, 11:30 PM UTC
Location: Bank Of America Stadium
Address: Charlotte, NC
Latest Odds: PIT -3.5 ; O/U 35

The Pittsburgh Steelers conclude their 2021 NFL preseason on Friday when visiting the Carolina Panthers. Pittsburgh is 3-0 in the preseason following its 26-20 victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday. Ben Roethlisberger played for the first time this season and led Pittsburgh's first team to two touchdowns. Roethlisberger passed for 137 yards and two touchdowns which both touchdown passes to tight end Pat Freiermuth.

Pittsburgh is likely to use both its first teams on both sides of the ball Friday in the final game of the preseason versus Carolina. Expect to see plenty of rookie Najee Harris in the Steelers offensive backfield after the former Alabama star had six touches for 63 yards in his debut against the Lions. This was the first game that Roethlisberger has played for new offensive coordinator Matt Canada who was promoted from quarterbacks coach.

Carolina is 0-2 following its 20-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. Sam Darnold appeared for the first time at quarterback for the Panthers but only played one series of seven plays but is expected to see plenty of action on Friday against the Steelers. Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey did not play but will play on Friday versus Pittsburgh.

Will Grier, who is battling with PJ Walker for the backup job behind Darnold, passed for 144 yards while Walker completed just one of eight passes for eight yards. The Panthers will look to work on their red zone offense on Friday against Pittsburgh if they get the opportunity as the Panthers have scored only one touchdown on seven trips to the red zone. Terrace Marshall Jr. continues to play well for Carolina as the rookie caught a 34-yard pass and finished with 50 yards receiving.

Odds Table

Betting Trends

  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6
  • The OVER has cashed in 6 of the Steelers last 7
  • Carolina is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 at home
  • The UNDER has cashed in 4 of the Panthers last 5
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The first teams for both offense and defense are expected to see plenty of action in this matchup and that gives the Pittsburgh Steelers the distinct advantage. Pittsburgh was led to a pair of touchdowns by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in his debut last weekend while the Carolina defense had a hard time stopping the second-team offense of the Baltimore Ravens and wil find it even harder against Pittsburgh's first team. Carolina has failed to cover the number in six of its last seven at home and that trend will continue on Friday. Final Score Prediction, Pittsburgh Steelers win and cover ATS 27-13.


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