Thurs­day’s NFL Matchup


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KICK­OFF: 8:20 p.m., Fox/NFL Net­work

OPEN­ING LINE: Steel­ers by 71⁄2

RECORD VS. SPREAD: Carolina 4-2-1, Pitts­burgh 5-3 SE­RIES RECORD: Steel­ers lead 5-1

LAST MEET­ING: Steel­ers beat Pan­thers 37-19, Sept. 21, 2014 LAST WEEK: Pan­thers beat Buc­ca­neers 42-28; Steel­ers beat Ravens 23-16

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Pitts­burgh has won each of last five meet­ings. .. Steel­ers are 3-0 against Carolina all-time at Heinz Field. … Pan­thers new owner David Tep­per is Pitts­burgh na­tive and for­mer mi­nor­ity owner of Steel­ers. … Pan­thers scored fran­chise-record 35 first-half points vs. Tampa Bay last week. … Pan­thers have scored 99 points in last nine quar­ters. … Carolina has al­lowed 12 sacks, se­cond fewest through eight games in fran­chise his­tory. … QB Cam New­ton needs one TD rush­ing for eighth straight sea­son with at least five TDs rush­ing. … New­ton has thrown at least two TDs in seven straight games. … RB Chris­tian McCaf­frey has four TDs in last two weeks and had 157 yards from scrim­mage last week. … TE Greg Olsen needs 145 yards re­ceiv­ing to pass Jackie Smith (7,918) for sev­enth all-time among tight ends. Olsen has TD catch in three straight games… LB Luke Kuechly had 14 tack­les in last meet­ing. … DE Mario Ad­di­son had three sacks last week vs. Bucs. … Pitts­burgh has won four straight since 1-2-1 start to take lead in AFC North. … Steel­ers WR An­to­nio Brown had TD re­cep­tion in six straight games, tied for se­cond-long­est streak in team his­tory. … Brown’s nine TD re­cep­tions fran­chise record for most in first eight games of sea­son. … Pitts­burgh 17-5 at home against NFC un­der Mike Tom­lin. … Steel­ers have won six straight games in Novem­ber.

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