Experts are struggling to decide if the Steelers will lose this game on Sunday or not with both teams holding bad records.
The Steelers post season hopes were dashed to their very core last week after losing at home against the Baltimore Ravens. The post season is gone from sight, but their play during the remainder of the schedule could determine jobs next year. Experts are struggling to pick this contest as both clubs enter the game with bad records.
Sporting News has the Steelers sneaking out of Carolina with a win
Who will be the starting quarterback for the Steelers in this game? The jury is still out on that as Kenny Pickett seems like he will be out of the game because of a concussion. Mitch Trubisky seems like he could start, but the story right now is Mason Rudolph gunning to get the nod on Sunday. That could change the perception of the experts when it is all said and done.
Prediction: Steelers 21, Panthers 18
According to this expert, this one could go either way and a coin flip might be the best way to predict this one. Sam Darnold is trying for his third straight victory in this game, which has been backed behind a strong rushing attack. The Steelers question mark at quarterback is going to cause issues, but it will come down to a game winning field goal.
CBS Sports has the Panthers rushing attack as the difference
CBS Sports returns to the fold as they have been a reliable source for this series. One thing that is the difference between these two teams right now is the status of their divisions. The Panthers are still in the playoff hunt because there is a chance that they win the NFC South division if they can win the rest of their games.
Prediction: Panthers 23, Steelers 16
Carolina is playing better football when you evaluate the current situation for both clubs. The Panthers defense and rushing offense are playing better and that is going to cause a lot of headaches for the black and gold. The Steelers are struggling to stop the run again and that could give their already weak offense fewer chances to go onto the field.
Bleacher Report is split down the middle for the winner in this one
Steve Wilks is the Interim Head Coach for the Panthers, and he has done a fantastic job thus far. He has been able to simplify Carolina’s game and get this team from the shadowy depths and into playoff potential again. There is still a lot of football left to be played, but Wilks has been able to get this season back into contention for his club.
Prediction: Panthers 20, Steelers 17
Things are not adding up for the Steelers to come out of this game with a win. The Panthers have played really well against passing offenses, and their run game has been able to find a consistent stride. There are too many factors working against Pittsburgh in this one, even though Bleacher Report is split in their predictions overall for this matchup.
Final prediction has the Steelers not being able to do enough on offense
No matter if Mason Rudolph or Mitch Trubisky start, this offense is going to be stale on Sunday. The Panthers should be able to defend whatever kind of misguided passes that they are likely to see come their way. Turnovers are going to be huge in this one, plus the Steelers ability to stop the run will be a difference maker as well.
Prediction: Panthers 21, Steelers 13
Carolina is playing better heading into this contest, and that momentum should be able to carry them into a narrow win. The Steelers are missing a lot of pieces and that already puts them behind the eight ball. The Panthers run game will do just enough to tire the Pittsburgh defense out and get into the end zone each time they get there.
The Steelers and Panthers are neck and neck for predictors this week. Both are not powerhouses heading into this game, but Carolina has much more to play for right now.