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NFL Thursday Night Football; Who will extend their win streak, Carolina vs Pittsburgh

My favorite part about this game is that one, it is actually a solid Thursday night game, the last four weeks have been absolutely terrible. But the predictions and story lines leading into this game are always so awesome. Today on ESPN First Take (I believe) Stephen A Smith and the crew were talking about what team has the best chance to make it the Super Bowl? Like what a terrible story line jeez? That is what you come up with for this game? And these guys have been reporters for years now, we wonder why sports journalism is not the greatest. This story line sucks because neither of them are getting there and the reporters know it but they know people will watch that story line.

A REAL Storyline; Who will extend their streak? Christian McCaffrey vs James Conner?

This is going to be a great game, and a game that has a lot on the line. The Panthers are heading into Pittsburgh who are on a four-game win streak, and coming off a big win on the road vs Baltimore last week. As the Panthers are chasing the Saints tail playing every game like it is do or die, on a three-game win streak and have a big test in front of them.

Panthers vs Steelers in the air…

  • Cam Newton this season has thrown for 1,893 yards averaging 236.6 yards per game with 15 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He has a QB rating of 100.8 a completion percentage of 67.3 and is 177/268 through eight games this season.
  • Big Ben has throw for 2,560 yards, averaging 320 yards a game, 16 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, he has a QB rating of 93.9 and a completion percentage of 64.5. On the year Big Ben has attempted 344 passes completing 222.

Panthers wide receivers;

The Panthers do not rank up nearly as well as Pittsburgh with deep threats JuJu Smith Schuster and Antonio Brown it will be a mess covering the field with those two out there. Brown is a clear top receiver in the league, just him alone will keep the Panthers secondary’s hands full. Looking at the Panthers top receivers, they do not have the numbers like Brown and Smith-Schuster. Although the Panthers seem to spread the ball out more evenly, Smith-Schuster and Brown still out perform the Panthers top four receivers.

  • Devin Funchess who has 36 receptions for 445 yards and 3 touchdowns
  • D.J. Moore has 19 receptions for 297 yards
  • Greg Olsen has 18 receptions for 218 yards and 3 touchdowns
  • Torrey Smith has 16 receptions for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns (OUT)
  • Christian McCaffrey has 49 receptions for 378 yards and 2 touchdowns

Steelers wide receivers;

  • Antonio Brown 51 receptions 594 yards, 11.65 yards a catch and 9 touchdowns
  • JuJu Smith Schuster 53 receptions 672 yards, 12.68 yards a catch and 2 touchdowns
  • Vance McDonald 26 receptions, 346 yards, 13.31 yards a catch and 1 touchdown
  • Ryan Switzer 16 receptions, 88 yards, 5.5 yards a catch and 1 touchdown
  • Total: 146 receptions, 1,700 yards, 13 touchdowns

Panthers vs Steelers on the ground;

This may an area where Carolina has the edge, although James Conner and Christian McCaffrey are honestly very similar players, looking at McCaffrey’s numbers to Conner’s. Conner does edge out McCaffrey in total yards but McCaffrey has the edge in the receiving department and also compared to Conner’s 151 carries to McCaffrey’s 109, Conner has 702 yards vs McCaffrey’s 502, they both average around 4.6 yards a game but Conner blows McCaffrey out of the water with 9 rushing touchdown to his three. This will Conner’s first really big test going up against another prominent running back, has made a name for himself now, big stage. A Panthers rush offense that ranks 2nd, their offense in general does a job managing the clock. Either way this is a big game for Conner.

  • Christian McCaffrey 109 carries, 502 yards, 4.61 yards per carry, 3 rushing touchdowns
  • CJ Anderson 22 carries, 105 yards, 4.7 yards per carry
  • Steelers; James Conner 151 carries, 702 yards, 4.7 yards per carry, 9 rushing touchdowns
  • Stevan Ridley 10 carries, 30 yards, 3 yards a carry

Who comes out on top?

This may shock some but I think Carolina pulls one of their a** here and takes on in Pittsburgh, they seem to be gelling on offense lately, while their defense has not been all that great, they have the offensive fire power to keep up with the Steelers. Both these defenses are not great and it will be interesting to see this shootout tonight. I don’t know clearly the Steelers are the better team and at home, but Panthers I feel come in and make a statement here.

 

 

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NFL WEEK 8 Takeaways: Bengals hold on, another day for Mahomes, Redskins run all over Giants, Panthers are back

A lot of action in the 1 o’clock games sheesh! There were 5 games that combined for 42 points or more, which is usually most overs on many sites. Therefore many overs probably hit today, anyways there was a ton of action. As the NFL year winds down and we are already heading into week 9, these games are crucial for a lot of playoff/wildcard teams. Speaking off…

Bears get back in the win column

The Bears do their job on home turf and walk over the Jets. Mitchell Trubisky meant business from the moment he walked into the stadium today dressed as Bears legend Mike Ditka. Trubisky threw for 220 yards for 2 touchdowns while Jordan Howard had 22 carries for 81 yards and 1 touchdown. The Bears defense held all Jets receivers to 61 yards or less while the Jets running backs combined for 14 carries and 153 yards. The Jets Sam Darnold did not throw an interception which is a good sign but only 1 touchdown pass for 153 yards today. The Bears now improve to 4-3 and 3-1 at home. The Bears clearly have what it takes to play deep into the January but it is now staying consistent and winning the games they are suppose to win. The Bears now sit waiting for the Vikings and Packers to play and if both teams lose they will be tied for first place with Minnesota.

Bengals hold on after 4th quarter blunder

Bengals almost let the game slip form their hands. As the Buccaneers had their backs against the wall heading into the third quarter down 34-16 they went back to Ryan Fitzmagic and he connected right away on his first drive. The Buccaneers put up 18 points in the third to come back and tie the game up but the Bengals hit a late quarter filed goal to see the deal and give them the win 37-34. The Bengals scored just 3 points in the third. The Buccaneers are a tough to team to read with clear QB issues, they started out hot and now have simmered down moving to 4th in the NFC South with only hopes set on a wild card spot at the moment. The Bengal’s nail biting win gives them some separation from the Ravens as they are tied for first with Pittsburgh now.

Mahomes and the Chiefs improve to 7-1

Broncos certainly made it interesting and surprised a lot of fans today only losing to Kansas City by 10, but Patrick Mahomes had another day and another 4 touchdown pass evening. Mahomes although throwing for 4 TD’s and 303 yards has thrown now 4 interceptions over his last 4 games. There is a sign of some coming down to the earth for the young QB but definitely nothing to worry about as he continues to throw the ball downfield and be successful at it. This loss for Denver puts them now 3-5 on the year, in third in the AFC West and 1-2 in divisional play for them. The Broncos saw some more success from their running back Pat Lindsay rushing for 85 yards and a touchdown as well as Case Keenum throwing for 262 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 INT. The Broncos seem like they will be looking on from the outside come playoff time.

Redskins cover spread with easy win over Giants

Redskins cover the spread easily and improve to 5-2 on the year on a 3-game win streak heading back to home field vs Atlanta a team that is struggling greatly. It seems the Redskins run games was in full command today as Adrian Peterson broke for a 64-yard touchdown and had 149 yards on the day. Alex Smith had just 1 touchdown and 178 yards the Redskins for sure managed the clock well today and made it simple. The Giants are well definitely not doing anything exciting this season. For all the fans who believe Eli Manning is not the issue you are delusional the one interception he had thrown literally directly to a double covered receiver and into the safety’s hands is a prime example of how immobile and done Eli is. I hope you took this spread from my 1PM NFL week 8 picks article because this was a give me.

Panthers are BACK!

Panthers are back! Cam Newton did his signature showboat after a 14-yard touchdown run as he signed the ball for a fan. That is example one as to why the Panthers are back and ready to roll. The Panthers held the Ravens to 192 yards and all Ravens receivers to 54 yards or less on the day. While Newton threw for 219 yards 2 touchdowns and a rushing one. Christian McCaffery had a rushing and receiving touchdown as DJ Moore had 90 yards receiving the ball was spread out well against a good Baltimore defense another example as to why the Panthers are back. The Panthers stay in Carolina and welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a week 9 tilt. The Panthers now improve to 5-2 on the year one game behind the Saints who play in Sunday primetime vs Minnesota.