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Big Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers will look to get past Cam Newton and the visiting Carolina Panthers when the two Super Bowl hopefuls square off in a highly intriguing NFL Week 10 Inter-Conference clash on Thursday Night Football.

If you’re wondering whether Pittsburgh is the pick to win and cash in or whether Newton and company look like a great road dog upset pick, let’s get to my expert NFL pick so we can find out right now.

Thursday Night Football: Carolina Panthers Vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Thursday Night Football: Carolina Panthers Vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Carolina Panthers (6-2)

The Panthers are looking good right about now, having won three straight games, including their 42-28 smackdown of beleaguered Tampa Bay last weekend. Cam Newton tossed two TD passes and running back Christian McCaffrey added 157 yards of total offense and two rushing scores in the win. Second-year wide receiver Curtis Samuel added an electrifying 33-yard touchdown run on a double reverse in the commanding win.

“The talent level we have on this team is extremely scary,” Newton said.

Veteran Tight end Greg Olsen also commented on his team’s newfound speed, youth and exuberance with young stars like McCaffrey, Samuel and wide receiver D.J. Moore.

“We have guys who are so explosive, so dynamic and so good in the open space,” Olsen said. “We can give them balls on handoffs, throw it to them all — they’re very unique in that regard. I don’t know what we have had these many guys who are that dynamic with the ball in their hands.”

Thursday Night Football: Carolina Panthers Vs Pittsburgh Steelers_Cam-Newton

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1)

The Steelers have won four straight including their hard-fought 23-16 win over Baltimore on Sunday. Ben Roethlisberger tossed two TD passes in the win and ran for another to lead the way to victory against the league’s top-ranked defense.

“We feel that we can do what we want to do,” Roethlisberger said. “We’ve got roadblocks, which are great defenses on other teams, trying to stop us, but we’ve always said — and no disrespect to other teams — they don’t stop us, we stop ourselves.”

Running back James Conner rushed for 107 yards in the win and added a TD reception for good measure. The Steelers held Baltimore to just one touchdown while handing their division rivals their third straight loss.

“To hold those guys to field goals in the first half when they were down there was significant,” head coach Mike Tomlin said.

Thursday Night Football: Carolina Panthers Vs Pittsburgh Steelers_Ben-Roethlisberger

Expert Pick and Prediction

While the Steelers are playing well and playing at home in this contest, I’m going to advise you to back Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers to cover the chalk as 5-point road underdogs. While Pittsburgh averages approximately one point per game more than Carolina does offensively, the Panthers limit the opposition to one fewer point per game than Pittsburgh does defensively. The Panthers are also playing their best football of the season, having won three straight while scoring 36 points or more in each of their last two games.

I know the Steelers have gone a robust 18-7 SU over their last 25 home games, but Pittsburgh is an uninspiring 2-7 ATS in their last nine home games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record. I know Carolina is 2-4 ATS in their last six road games and 0-5 ATS in their last five games against Pittsburgh, but the Panthers are also 5-0 ATS in their last five games in the month of November, 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games against a team with a winning home record. Basically, the spread for this game should not be more than a field goal at most. I like Carolina to cover, while pushing the Steelers for the outright win.

Predicted Score: Pittsburgh Steelers 24 | Carolina Panthers 23

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