Football Betting Sportsbooks Like Panthers over Steelers?
Posted by: Charlie Smith
The online NFL betting season is almost here. This means that this Thursday’s action will be the last opportunity bettors will have to bet on NFL preseason matches. Football betting sportsbook players may have mixed feelings about the end of preseason betting, but it’s safe to say that we’re all very much excited about the 2017 season finally beginning.
Fans looking to cash in on the final week of preseason betting should pay special heed to Thursday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Carolina Panthers. Let’s take a look at what football betting sportsbooks have to say about this matchup.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Carolina Panthers – Thursday, August 31st
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com
Online NFL Betting Odds:
Pittsburgh Steelers +4 (-115) 37 ½ (-110)
Carolina Panthers -4 (-105) 37 ½ (-110)
After making three straight postseason appearances, football betting sportsbooks felt pretty good about Pittsburgh’s chances in 2016. They turned out to be right as the Steelers delivered an impressive 11-5 record that allowed the franchise to win the AFC North for the second time in three years. Once in the playoffs, the Black and Gold made a respectable run, making it all the way to the AFC Championship match. To get there the Steelers first had to overcome the Miami Dolphins in the Wild Card round, and the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round. Unfortunately for Steeler fans, Pittsburgh would lose the AFC Championship game to New England 17-36. However, coming within one game of the Super Bowl is never a bad thing.
Moving forward, Pittsburgh will be looking to add another Vince Lombardi trophy to their already staggering collection. Looking over the Steelers’ roster, it’s clear that they have more than enough talent to get the job done. Roethlisberger still has plenty left in the tank, and Le’Veon Bell and Antonio are more than capable of lending a helping hand. Defensively, the Steelers always have a formidable defense – something James Harrison does his best to ensure. Lastly, the Steelers shouldn’t have much of a problem winning a division that includes the Browns, Bengals and Ravens.
After failing to bring home an NFL title, the Panthers felt confident that they could at least make the playoffs the following year. The opposite turned out to be true as Carolina fell to 6-10 and dead last in the NFC South. One of the biggest mistakes that the Panthers made was during the offseason, when they let key members of their secondary walk. The aftermath was that Carolina fell behind in most games during the season. So much so that their offense couldn’t bare that one-sided pressure.
Despite last season’s failures, the Panthers stand poised to make another playoff run. Cam Newton possesses enough talent and athleticism to piggyback this offense, all Newton needs is a defense that can keep his team in the game. Instead of one that has them down by three possessions in the fourth quarter.