Free Preseason Week 3 Prediction: Steelers vs Panthers NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping: Preseason Week 3
(3-0) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Carolina Panthers (0-2)
Date: Friday, August 27th
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
NFL Preseason Week 2 ATS Betting Lines: Panthers -3.5
NFL Preseason Week 2 Moneyline Odds: Steelers +125/ Carolina -180
NFL Preseason Week 2 NFL Betting Total: 35
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The Pittsburgh Steelers wrap up their extended preseason, looking for a 4-0 record. Mike Tomlin’s squad has the extra game this exhibition due to playing in the Hall of Fame game, so may go extremely light with who plays in Carolina.
The Panthers aren’t doing so well in their first preseason under Matt Rhule, as the 2nd year coach had last year’s exhibition canceled due to COVID. Carolina is still a -3.5 favorite in this matchup, does that mean we see a little more from Sam Darnold prior to the series opener?
Not that it means a whole lot, but the Steelers have been one of the higher scoring offenses of the preseason putting up 50 points the last two weeks. That could have something to do with Pittsburgh having the extra contest playing in the Hall of Fame game, but it could also be due to great QB depth.
There’s no reason for Ben Roethlisberger to take snaps in the preseason finale as he tries to stay healthy going into his 18th NFL season. That being said the veteran did play last weekend and looked sharp, going 8 of 10 for 137 yards and 2 TD.
What the Steelers really do need to establish vs. the Panthers is who wins the backup job to Big Ben. Dwayne Haskins went 16/22 for 181 yards and a TD in the preseason ‘opener’ against the Eagles, but Mason Rudolph got a bulk of the throws last week with a 13/18 day. Rudolph is 27 of 36 this preseason (75%).
Carolina’s first year Darnold is iffy to take any snaps on Friday night, as offensive coordinator Joe Brady isn’t concerned because the Panthers have held extensive joint practices with the Colts and Ravens this season. Darnold did play a drive last week, going 1/2 for 18 yards.
The Panthers know that Darnold is their #1 guy, but like Pittsburgh they want to see what they have behind their starter. Neither P.J. Walker or Will Grier have separated themselves yet. Walker was 10/21 for 161 in the opener, while Grier was 11/14 for 144 last week.
Rhule should keep the playbook relatively open in this one, especially when he wants to get a couple of explosive rookies a few extra looks. RB Chuba Hubbard broke open a 59 yard scamper in the exhibition opener, while Terrace Marshall has 6 catches for 138 yards this preseason.
Carolina could very easily be 1-1 this preseason, letting one slip away late in a 21-18 loss to the Colts two weeks ago. The Panthers then fell prey 20-3 to the ‘preseason dynasty” that is the Ravens, who have won 19 straight exhibition games.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Steelers -3.5
Hard not to like the Steelers in this one. They’re playing for the undefeated (extended) preseason and have a couple of backup QBs with extensive starting experience in the league. Pittsburgh might play this one conservative, but that’s a wash against likely the equally reserved Panthers.
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