The Carolina Panthers need solid play in the secondary to win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers face off annually in preseason action, playing each of the past 17 years, but have only met six times when it counts. After winning the initial matchup in 1996, Carolina has dropped the last five with three losses in the Steel City. On Thursday night these two franchises clash in front of a national television audience for only the sixth time during the regular season.
Panthers new owner David Tepper once owned a minority stake in the Steelers franchise and is a Pittsburgh native. He returned earlier in the year to wrap up preseason play back in August, but the first regular season game against his former team is sure to be filled with mixed emotions for Tepper.
Pittsburgh currently leads the AFC North division with a 5-2-1 record and if Carolina hopes to turn the tide against the Steelers, a near flawless effort is needed. In prime time, all eyes will be on these two teams which, despite quality records, are both flying under the radar to some extent this year.
Continue to see how the Panthers can keep their current streak alive with another win on Thursday night.