Stats and information for the Steelers Thursday Night Football clash with the Panthers

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Team Records

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1) vs. Carolina Panthers (6-2)

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Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin

  • Overall regular-season record: 121-62-1 (.660)/12th season
  • Regular-season record with Pittsburgh: 121-62-1 (.660)/12th season
  • Playoff Record/Years: 8-7 (.533)/eight years

Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera

  • Overall regular-season record: 70-49-1 (.588)/eighth season
  • Regular-season record with Carolina: 70-49-1 (.588)/eighth season
  • Playoff Record/Years: 3-4 (.429)/four years

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Steelers – Panthers History

  • Series History: Series began in 1996
  • Overall Regular Season: Steelers lead, 5-1
  • In Pittsburgh: Steelers lead, 3-0
  • At Baltimore: Steelers lead, 2-1
  • Neutral Sites: n/a
  • Streak: Steelers won previous fi ve meetings
  • Last Regular-Season Meeting: Sept. 21, 2014, at Carolina
    Pittsburgh 37, Carolina 19
  • Postseason Series: n/a
  • Last Postseason Meeting: n/a
  • (preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)

This week’s game will mark the seventh regular-season meeting between Pittsburgh and Carolina… the Steelers own a four-game advantage in the regular-season series against the Panthers (5-1)… Thursday night’s game will be the fourth time the two teams will meet in Pittsburgh where the Steelers have won each of the previous three games in the regular season series.

Gameday Information

  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
  • Kickoff: 8:20 p.m. ET
  • Site: Heinz Field (68,400) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Playing Surface: Natural Grass
  • TV Coverage: FOX/NFL Network/Amazon (locally WPGH-TV, channel 53)
  • Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst) | Evan Washburn (sideline)
  • Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network
    WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
  • Announcers: Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analyst) | Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink (sideline)
  • Amazon Prime Announcers: Hannah Storm (play-by-play) | Andrea Kremer (analyst)
  • National Radio: Westwood One
  • Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play) | Tony Boselli (analyst)
  • Satellite Radio: SIRIUS: 81 (Car), 83 (Pit) | XM: 226 (Car), 225 (Pit)
  • Referee: Walt Coleman

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Game Capsule

Steelers Panthers
Last Week W 23-16 at Baltimore W 42-28 vs. Tampa Bay
Coach vs. Opp. Mike Tomlin: 2-0 Ron Rivera: 0-1
Pts. For/Against 28.4/23.5 27.5/22.5
Offense 415.3 371.6
Passing Ben Roethlisberger: 222-344-2560-16-7-93.9 Cam Newton: 177-263-1893-15-4-100.8
Rushing James Conner: 151-706-4.7-9 Christian McCaffrey: 109-502-4.6-3
Receiving JuJu Smith-Schuster: 53-672-12.7-2 Christian McCaffrey (RB): 49-378-7.7-2
Defense 347.9 344.8
Sacks T.J. Watt: 7 Mario Addison: 7.5
INTs Many tied: 1 Donte Jackson (R): 4
Take/Give -3 (9/12) +8 (15/7)
Punting (Net) Jordan Berry: 43.0 (38.8) Michael Palardy: 46.1 (41.0)
Kicking Chris Boswell: 43 (22/26 PAT; 7/10 FG) Graham Gano: 54 (21/23 PAT; 11/11 FG)


QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 270 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & rushed for TD last week. Threw 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.6 rating in last meeting. In last home meeting, had 320 pass yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 111.5 rating & rush TD. Has 99+ rating in 7 of his past 9 at home. In his past 2 on Thursday, has 520 pass yards (260 per game) with 7 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.7 rating.

RB JAMES CONNER had 163 scrimmage yards (107 rush, 56 rec.) & TD catch last week. Has 4 games with 100+ rush yards, 50+ rec. yards & TD in 2018, most in single season in NFL history. Is only player in franchise history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards (1,085) & 10+ TDs (10) in team’s 1st 8 games of season. Has 397 scrimmage yards (198.5 per game) with 4 rush TDs in his past 2 at home. In his past 2 vs. NFC, has 280 scrimmage yards (140 per game) & 2 rush TDs.

WR ANTONIO BROWN had TD catch last week. Had 10 catches for 90 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Since 2016, has 1,036 rec. yards & 10 TD catches in 10 games vs. NFC. Has 8 TD catches in his past 6. Has 3 TD catches in each of his past 2 on Thursday. WR JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER has 20 catches for 343 yards (114.3 per game) with 2 rec. TDs in his past 3 vs. NFC.

LB BUD DUPREE aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with TFL. LB T.J. WATT has 5 TFL & 4 sacks in his past 4. CB JOE HADEN had INT in his only career game vs. Car. (11/28/10 with Cle.). DE STEPHON TUITT had sack last week.


QB CAM NEWTON aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Passed for 250 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for98.5 rating in only meeting. In his past 5 vs. AFC, has 16 TDs (11 pass, 5 rush). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC with 2+ pass TD, rush TD & 100+ rating. Has 879 pass yards (293 per game) with 7 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 100.2 rating in his past 3 on road.

RN CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY had 157 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 78 rec.) & 2 rush TDs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TDs. Has 285 scrimmage yards (95 per game) in his past 3 on road. Has 397 scrimmage yards (99.3 per game) & 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 4 vs. AFC. Since entering league in 2017, ranks 2nd among NFL RBs with 129 receptions.

TE GREG OLSEN had TD catch in Week 9. Had 69 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. Since 2011, is 1 of 3 NFL TEs (JIMMY GRAHAM & ROB GRONKOWSKI) with 450+ receptions (463) & 5,500+ rec. yards (5,793). WR CURTIS SAMUEL had 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) last week, his 1st- career multi-TD game.

LB LUKE KUECHLY had team-best 14 tackles in last meeting. Has 2 INTs & FR in his past 4 vs. AFC. In his past 4 on Thursday, has 35 tackles & 2 INTs, incl. 32-yard INT-TD. DE MARIO ADDISON had career-high 3 sacks & FF last week. Had sack in last meeting. Has 2 sacks in his past 3 vs. AFC. Rookie CB DONTE JACKSON had INT in Week 9. Ties for NFL lead & ranks 1st among rookies with 4 INTs.

League Rankings

Steelers Panthers
Home Record 2-2-0 5-0-0
Away Record 3-0-1 1-2-0
Record vs. Spread 5-3-0 5-3-0
Points Scored 227 (9th) 220 (11th)
Points Allowed 188 (15th) 180 (12th)
Takeaway Diff. -3 (21st) +8 (4th)
Pass Yds/Game 313 (4th) 227 (22nd)
Rush Yds/Game 101 (22nd) 143 (2nd)
Def. Pass Yds/Game 257 (21st) 250 (19th)
Def. Rush Yds/Game 90 (6th) 94 (8th)

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Steelers 2018 Draft Class

S Terrell Edmunds (6-1, 217)
Rd. 1 28th Overall

Played collegiate football at Virginia Tech where he appeared in 37 games, making 31 starts…he totaled 182 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for losses…Edmunds started all 10 games en route to recording 59 tackles during the 2017 season.

WR James Washington (5-11, 213)
Rd. 2 60th Overall

Set an Oklahoma State University school record with 4,472 career receiving yards, also the second-best receiving yardage total in Big 12 conference history…he became one of two players in school history with three seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards and three years with at least 10 touchdown catches.

QB Mason Rudolph (6-5, 235)
Rd. 3 76th Overall

Led Oklahoma State University to a 32-9 record as the quarterback to produce the winningest record by a signal caller in school history…he finished his career holding no fewer than 54 school records, including single-season and career marks for passing yards, passing touchdowns and pass efficiency…his 13,618 career passing yards rank him fourth in Big 12 conference history.

OL Chukwuma Okorafor (6-8, 320)
Rd. 3 92nd Overall

At Western Michigan University, started each of his final 39 games… he was a first-team All-American selection following the 2017 campaign by the Football Writers Association of America.

S Marcus Allen (6-2, 215)
Rd. 5 148th Overall

Became the sixth player in Penn State football history to reach the 300-tackle mark in a career…his 321 stops rank fifth in program history… he was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2017, starting 13 games and recording 72 tackles (46 solo).

RB Jaylen Samuels (6-0, 225)
Rd. 5 165th Overall

Established a North Carolina State University school record for receptions in a career, finishing with 202…his 47 total touchdowns place him second in program annals and he finished fourth in touchdown receptions (19) and sixth in touchdown runs (28).

DT Joshua Frazier (6-4, 315)
Rd. 7 246th Overall

Played in 40 career games at the University of Alabama…he recorded 28 tackles (11 solo), with 4.5 tackles for losses, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and three passes defensed.

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