2018 record: 27-17-1 (61 percent, pending Monday Night Football)
Carolina Panthers +5.5 @ Pittsburgh Steelers
I…do not understand.
Carolina’s defensive passer rating of 90.0 ranks 10th in the NFL. Pittsburgh’s defensive passer rating of 93.8 ranks 20th in the NFL. Carolina’s offensive passer rating of 101.0 ranks 10th in the NFL. Pittsburgh’s offensive passer rating of 94.1 ranks 18th in the NFL.
The look ahead line for this game months ago was -6.5 in Pittsburgh’s favor. Since then, the Steelers have disappointed and the Panthers have beaten expectations. This line should be closer to -3 than it is.
Remember, the only team with a good chance at making the playoffs that the Steelers have played all year is the Chiefs, who they lost to. The other teams they have played are a combined 22-34-2 (Browns and Ravens twice) this season. Now is our opportunity to cash in on the 6-2 Panthers off a three-game win streak as big-ish dogs. 2018 is weird.