The Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers will clash this Thursday night at Heinz Field in what will feel like a playoff game in Steel City. Both teams enter Thursday’s matchup with active winning streaks on the line and first place in their divisions in mind. It’ll be the first and only time Carolina and Pittsburgh meet this regular season, and just the second time Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton have faced each other. Newton will look to even up the all-time series this week.

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Since starting the 2018 season 1-2-1 in a sea of controversy due to the hold-out of their Pro Bowl running back, the Pittsburgh Steelers have run the table, winning four straight games. While it has been a team effort, the Steelers’ new starting RB, James Conner, has proven that the Steelers can win without Le’Veon Bell. Conner ranks third in the NFL in rushing yards (599) and has eclipsed the 100-yard plateau in each of his last four games.

The Panthers have surrendered the eighth-fewest rushing yards in the league this season and will be called upon often to stop Conner. Pro Bowler Luke Kuechly and the Carolina defense may be the difference maker on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 PM ET.

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