Thursday night we have an exciting game in Pittsburgh where the 5-2-1 Steelers host the 6-2 Carolina Panthers. Pittsburgh is a 4 point home favorite. Both teams are 5-3 against the spread this year. Carolina has only played 3 road games this year out of 8 total; they are 1-2 in those road games while Pittsburgh is 2-2 at home.
This is expected to be a pretty high scoring game as the over/under is 52 points. I think this game will go over that total. Both teams are pretty even as far as points scored - 27.5 to 28.4 Pittsburgh advantage- and points allowed 22.5 to 23.5 advantage Carolina. Defensively their numbers are almost identical, but on the offensive side of the ball, Pittsburgh has the passing advantage while Carolina has the rushing advantage.
The Steelers have a 66% chance to win this game based on ESPN's Match-up Predictor. Pittsburgh Steelers have won 4 straight, but the Panthers seem to do well against AFC North opponents, having already beaten the Bengals and and Ravens handedly. Pittsburgh is 4-0 against the spread during this 4 game win streak, and it's worth noting they are 6-0 against the spread against Carolina over the past 6 games.
If I had to pick which streak lives on, I would go with Pittsburgh's since they are at home and have some pretty big playmakers in RB Conner and WRs Brown and Schuster, not to mention QB Big Ben. Kick off is 5:20 PM PT Thursday night.