Sunday’s Week 15 game features the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8) visiting the Carolina Panthers (5-8) at Bank of America Stadium. Both teams come into this matchup with identical records and are fighting for a playoff spot. The Steelers collected their eighth loss last week as they fell to the Ravens 16-14, while the Panthers went to Seattle and took down the Seahawks 30-24. Let’s take a closer look at how these two teams stack up so you can go ahead and place your bets on the NFL Lines.
NFL Week 15 Betting Preview and Pick for Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina
Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Preview: Steelers Could Be Without QB Kenny Pickett in Carolina
The Pittsburgh Steelers had the chance to both make a statement against a strong division rival and maintain their small hopes of making the playoffs going into Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. It didn’t happen, as Pittsburgh gave the Ravens a 16-14 victory on a silver platter as a result of the offense’s missed opportunities and the defense’s lackluster performance.
Kenny Pickett left the game due to an injury and was replaced by Mitch Trubisky on Sunday, but the Steelers were unable to defeat the Baltimore Ravens. Trubisky threw three picks, and the offense scored only 14 points in the defeat. Keep an eye on the injury report for Pickett’s status; the offense as a whole has struggled averaging just 17.5 points per game.
On the defensive side of the ball, Pittsburgh recorded two sacks and limited the Ravens to 309 yards but couldn’t force any turnovers. Overall, the unit ranks in the middle of the pack conceding almost 360 yards and 22.5 points per game.
Carolina Panthers Betting Preview: Panthers Look to Continue Strong Play and Push for Playoff Spot
With a 30-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on the road, the Panthers continue to shock NFL fans as they remain in the fight for a playoff spot in the NFC. The Panthers are playing some of their best football despite some major adversity. This was their third victory in the previous four games, and they improved to 6-1 against the spread over their last seven games.
The offense has gotten a boost with Sam Darnold under center, as the former first-rounder has thrown two touchdowns and added a running touchdown with no turnovers in his first two starts. Additionally, the running game has gotten a jolt from D’onta Foreman, who has accumulated four 100+ yard rushing games over his last seven contests.
Additionally, the defense has played a major factor in holding off their opponents. Over their last four games, the defensive unit has held opponents to only 15.5 points per contest. In their latest win, the secondary picked off Geno Smith Smith twice.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Carolina Panthers Betting Odds and Lines
According to Mybookie, the Carolina Panthers are currently -2.5 point spread (-110) favorites for this matchup. In terms of the moneyline, the Panthers are -140 to get the win at home, while the Pittsburgh Steelers are +120 road underdogs to pick up the win. When it comes to the total, the Over/Under has been set at 38.5 points (-110).
Free Betting Pick
As we approach mid-December, teams are starting to make their playoff push down the stretch. Mike Tomlin has had a rough go of it as he could potentially finish under .500 for the first time in his NFL coaching career with a loss. Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers have defied the odds and have fought their way in the division title conversation entering Week 15.
The Steelers have too many injury concerns on both sides of the football. Pittsburgh couldn’t contain a Lamar Jackson-less Ravens squad, while the Panthers took down a solid Seahawks team on the road. Steve Wilks has done a tremendous job, guiding the team to a 6-1 ATS record over their last seven games. Carolina plays their best football at home where they have a record of 4-3. Back the Panthers to win and cover the spread.
NFL Betting Pick: Carolina Panthers -2.5 (-110)