The quarterback fans love to hate will get the start when Mitch Trubisky and the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Carolina Panthers at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. PHN readers can cash in on the DraftKings promo exclusive and Steelers bets, too.
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Trubisky will replace Kenny Pickett, who has yet to clear concussion protocol after being injured last Sunday in a 16-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The loss came after the Steelers (5-8) won back-to-back games for the first time all season. The Panthers (5-8) have won consecutive games and are only one game behind the first-place Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the weak NFC South.
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Spread: Steelers +3 (-105), Panthers -3 (-115)
Moneyline: Steelers +130, Panthers -150
Over/Under: 37.5 O (-110), U (-110)
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Trubisky completed 22 of 30 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. However, he was intercepted three times, and all three picks came inside Baltimore’s territory.
Trubisky began the season as the starter after being signed as a free agent in the offseason. However, he yielded the job to Pickett at halftime of the fourth game of the season.
In all, Trubisky has completed 63.3% of his 158 passes for 1,073 yards and four touchdowns with five interceptions. The Steelers have gone 4-5 since Trubisky was benched.
The Panthers’ back-to-back wins have come after they went back to Sam Darnold as their starting quarterback.
Darnold started 11 games last season and the Panthers went 4-7 after acquiring him from the New York Jets in an offseason trade. In part because of an ankle injury, Darnold did not start any of the first 11 games this year.
Darnold has passed for just 282 yards and two touchdowns in the two starts. However, the Panthers haven’t had a turnover since Darnold took over for Baker Mayfield, who was released.
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Carolina has been relying more on its running game in recent weeks. The Panthers rolled up 223 yards last Sunday while beating the Seattle Seahawks 30-24. Chuba Hubbard and D’Onta Foreman each had 74 yards.
The Steelers have allowed at least 110 rushing yards in each of their last three games.
The Panthers also have a hot kicker in Eddy Pineiro. He has made 12 of 13 field goal attempts in the last five games since missing an extra point at the end of regulation and a field goal in overtime in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Until this year, the Steelers and Panthers long played in the final game of the preseason. The teams rarely meet in the regular season, though, as interconference foes. However, the Steelers have dominated the Panthers when they do get together.
The Steelers routed the Panthers 52-21 when the teams last played in 2018 and have won six straight games in the series. The aggregate score in those games is 213-80 and the margin of victory has been at least 10 points in each.
Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Prediction
History suggests the Steelers should win this game easily. However, it’s hard to have much faith in Trubisky, even against a ho-hum foe like the Panthers.
Look for the Panthers to eke out a win and ensure Steelers coach Mike Tomlin of his first losing season in his 16th year on the job.
Panthers 18, Steelers 17
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