Boise State vs Fresno State

Boise State vs Fresno State : Over the last two decades, we’ve seen dozens of big-time college football games held on the blue turf at Albertsons Stadium while Boise State has established itself as one of the premier Group of Five programs. On Friday night, they host No. 16 Fresno State in a highly-anticipated Mountain West game.

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With Boise State at 4-1 in the MWC, Fresno State at 5-0, and both teams still in control of their own destinies, this could be a preview of the conference championship. The Bulldogs are 2.5-point favorites in the latest Fresno State vs. Boise State odds, the same as where the line opened. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 53.5, down a half-point from where it opened. Before you make any Fresno State vs. Boise State picks and predictions, you’ll want to check out what the advanced computer model at SportsLine has to say.

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The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated point-spread picks.

And in Week 10, it absolutely nailed the biggest game of the season, recommending the Crimson Tide against the spread (-14), on the money line (-588) and hitting the under in Alabama’s 29-0 blowout of LSU. It also nailed its top-rated selection of Auburn (-3.5) over Texas A&M, helping the model finish the weekend on a strong 7-3 run on all top-rated picks. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has run its simulations and crunched the numbers for Fresno State vs. Boise State and the results are in. We can tell you the model is leaning over, but it has also locked in a strong point-spread selection that hits in well over 60 percent of simulations. You can only see that pick at SportsLine.

The model knows Fresno State is on a roll with wins and covers in its past seven games. In fact, its 8-1 record against the spread and has made it one of the most attractive plays of the 2018 college football season.

One big reason why the Bulldogs have been so dominant this season is quarterback Marcus McMaryion. The Oregon State transfer is now a two-year starter for Jeff Tedford and has been sensational. McMaryion has completed nearly 71 percent of his passes for 2,416 yards and 20 touchdowns against just three interceptions this season. He’s also rushed for 157 yards and seven more scores.

Last year in Fresno State’s regular-season matchup against Boise State, McMaryion put together one of his most memorable performances by throwing for 336 yards and two touchdowns with no picks. That included an absolute dime on an 81-yard fourth-quarter touchdown to KeeShawn Johnson to seal the game.

However, it has been a while since Fresno State has been challenged by an opponent of Boise State’s caliber, so a cover on the road is no guarantee.

Boise State has built itself to compete in games where it looks like it might be out-manned. Quarterback Brett Rypien has played in plenty of marquee games as a four-year starter and is having his best statistical season to date. Rypien has six games under his belt this season where he has thrown for over 300 yards, at least two touchdowns and no interceptions. In those games, Boise State is 5-1.

He’s also 17-4 now in his career on the blue turf in Boise, so he might find a little extra motivation in being a home underdog for the first time in his career.

Syracuse vs Louisville

Syracuse vs Louisville : The Louisville Cardinals never had a chance against Clemson last week, but they have an opportunity to right the ship against the Syracuse Orange on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.

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The Cards are 0-6 in the ACC, while Syracuse is 7-2 overall and just two wins away from their best season since 2001. The Orange are 21-point home favorites in the recently updated Louisville vs. Syracuse odds after the spread bounced between 20.5 and 21.5 this week. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 69. Before making your own Syracuse vs. Louisville picks, you’ll want to see what the SportsLine advanced computer model is saying about Friday’s matchup.

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The advanced computer simulates every FBS game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors.

In Week 10, it absolutely nailed the biggest game of the season, recommending the Crimson Tide against the spread (-14), on the money line (-588) and hitting the under in Alabama’s 29-0 blowout of LSU. It also nailed its top-rated selection of Auburn (-3.5) over Texas A&M, helping the model finish the weekend on a strong 7-3 run on all top-rated picks. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now it has simulated Syracuse vs. Louisville 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that model has a slight lean to the under, but its strongest pick is against the spread, saying one side hits more than 60 percent of the time. You can only see that pick at SportsLine.

The model knows the Orange have won three straight led by an offense that’s pouring on 43.3 points per game, seventh-most in the country as they head into Senior Night at the Carrier Dome.

Senior quarterback Eric Dungey (628 yards) and running back Moe Neal (557 yards) have combined for 1,185 yards on 4.9 yards per carry. Dungey has also thrown for 2,001 yards and has 23 touchdowns this season.

Syracuse’s defense is giving up 432 yards per game, but the unit has 27 sacks and 12 interceptions. Defensive ends Alton Robinson and Kendall Coleman offer pressure from the edge with seven sacks apiece.

But just because Syracuse can run the ball and play tough defense doesn’t mean it will cover a three-touchdown spread on Friday.

Defense has been the liability for Louisville, giving up 50-plus points four times, the low mark being last week’s 77-16 demolition at the hands of Clemson.

But the offense has put up points of its own. Quarterback Jawon Pass has been inconsistent, but he has passed for at least 299 yards three times and thrown multiple touchdowns three times. He should have opportunities against an Orange defense allowing 267 passing yards per game.

The Cards have scored in an impressive 85 percent of their red-zone opportunities. They also have the potential to make tide-turning special teams plays that could keep the game close. Punt returner Rodjay Burns leads the nation among those with at least 12 returns, averaging 16.4 yards per attempt, while kicker Blanton Crequehasn’t missed a field goal all season.

Fresno State vs. Boise State

Fresno State vs. Boise State : An important Mountain West showdown awaits Friday at 10:15 p.m. ET when the Fresno State Bulldogs visit the Boise State Broncos.

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The Bulldogs are three-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 54 in the latest Boise State vs. Fresno State odds. However, with these teams still vying for a spot in the Mountain West Championship Game, this could be a tough game to handicap without some help. So before you make your Boise State vs. Fresno State picks and predictions, be sure to check out the simulations from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.

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The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated point-spread picks.

And in Week 10, it absolutely nailed the biggest game of the season, recommending the Crimson Tide against the spread (-14), on the money line (-588) and hitting the under in Alabama’s 29-0 blowout of LSU. It also nailed its top-rated selection of Auburn (-3.5) over Texas A&M, helping the model finish the weekend on a strong 7-3 run on all top-rated picks. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has run its simulations and crunched the numbers for Fresno State vs. Boise State and the results are in. We can tell you the model is leaning over, but it has also locked in a strong point-spread selection that hits in well over 60 percent of simulations. You can only see that pick at SportsLine.

The model knows Fresno State is on a roll with wins and covers in its past seven games. In fact, its 8-1 record against the spread and has made it one of the most attractive plays of the 2018 college football season.

One big reason Fresno State has been so dominant: its defense. The Bulldogs are allowing just 307 yards per game and they’ve been stout against the run and the pass. They’ve held every opponent they’ve faced at or below their season averages in passing and rushing with the exception of Toledo, which averages 235 yards passing and managed 238 in a loss to Fresno State on Sept. 29. Combine that fact with the fact that they’ve forced a staggering 21 turnovers and it’s easy to see why they have the No. 2 scoring defense in college football.

However, it has been a while since Fresno State has been challenged by an opponent of Boise State’s caliber, so a cover on the road is no guarantee.

Boise State has built itself to compete in games where it looks like it might be out-manned. Quarterback Brett Rypien has played in plenty of marquee games as a four-year starter and is having his best statistical season to date. Rypien has six games under his belt this season where he has thrown for over 300 yards, at least two touchdowns and no interceptions. In those games, Boise State is 5-1.

He’s also 17-4 now in his career on the blue turf in Boise, so he might find a little extra motivation in being a home underdog for the first time in his career.

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Louisville vs. Syracuse

Louisville vs. Syracuse : Syracuse and Louisville enter Friday’s game at the Carrier Dome at polar opposites. The Orange (7-2, 4-2 ACC) are at their highest ranking (No. 13) in the AP Top 25 poll and since they were No. 11 in 1998, when Donovan McNabb was the starting quarterback.

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Syracuse is also 13 in the College Football Playoff poll.

Without Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is now in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, Louisville is winless in the ACC at 0-6 with a 2-7 overall record. Coach Bobby Petrino has lost four recruits who have de-committed in the last few weeks as rumors have swirled about his future at Louisville.

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Petrino has tried to keep a positive spin on his team, including after last week’s 77-16 loss at Clemson. Louisville lost its sixth straight game, its longest losing streak since dropping 10 in a row in the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

The Cardinals’ wins have come against Indiana State and Western Kentucky. They have lost to Alabama, Virginia, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Wake Forest and Clemson.

“I didn’t feel like anyone gave up or anybody quit out there,” Petrino said after the Clemson game. “They kept competing.”

The offense is not producing without Jackson. In the Clemson game, new Louisville quarterback Jawon Pass passed for only 110 yards and threw two interceptions. Colin Wilson rushing for only 26 yards. Jaylen Smith was the top Louisville receiver with 63 yards on five catches.

Louisville’s defense ranks last in the ACC and 115th nationally allowing 462.8 yards per game. The Cardinals have allowed at least 38 points in each of their last four games, including the 77 to Clemson.

On the flipside, Syracuse is thriving mostly because of an offense that ranks No. 15 nationally with 478.2 yards per game. Senior quarterback Eric Dungey has emerged as an all-conference quarterback passing for 2,001 yards and rushing for 628. He has accounted for 23 touchdowns, 13 via the pass and 10 by the run.

Dungey also has not turned the ball over in the last two games.

“That’s what big-time quarterbacks do,” Syracuse coach Dino Babers said. “That’s what the Mannings and all those quarterbacks do. They manage the game. I’m tickled pink about the way he’s playing.”

Senior receiver Jamal Custis is third in the ACC with 81.6 yards receiving per game. With 40 catches for 734 yards, Custis is averaging 18.4 yards per reception.

Of particular concern is Dungey being the Orange’s top rusher with junior Moe Neal the top running back gaining only 61.9 yards a game.

Overall, however, Babers likes how his team has prospered through their maturity in his three years as the head coach. The Orange had consecutive 4-8 seasons before the breakthrough they are experiencing this year with quality depth a major reason.

“I think that the young men, the senior class especially, are really taking care of their bodies,” Babers said during Monday’s press conference. “I see them at practice and they’re different.

“These guys are different — you can just tell they’re different. They understand what the word moderation means. Because of those things and what they want to achieve, I think that they’ve really taken care of themselves which has given them only a chance — only an opportunity to do something special. We’ll see. It doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. It just means they have a chance.”

With matchups ahead against No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 22 Boston College, Syracuse must guard against looking past Louisville. If the Orange run the table, they would be 10-2 and in position or a New Year’s Six bowl.

The Cardinals have defeated Syracuse four straight times, including a 56-10 rout last year at Louisville (albeit with Jackson).

On Sunday, Babers presented his team stats from Syracuse’s last two games against Louisville. Syracuse lost those two games by a combined score of 118-38, allowing 1,572 yards in the two losses.

“I told them that we play games one game at a time, and that we’re in third game of the second half of our season,” Babers said. “And they said OK.”

Wake Forest vs NC State

Wake Forest vs NC State : The Wolfpack have been hit hard over the last three games once the teams that could throw kicked in. Clemson throwing for 380 yards? Okay, fine. And Syracuse got into a firefight with the Wolfpack, throwing for 480 yards and three scores. But …

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Florida State? NC State won, but Seminole QB James Blackman stepped in and chucked for 421 yards and four scores.

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For all of the problems Wake Forest has, it’s been able to move the chains in a variety of ways, with the running game taking over at times.

The offense rumbled over Louisville for 368 yards and five scores a few weeks ago, and it’s been able to crank out big yards against Boston College and Notre Dame, too, when it’s been able to commit to the ground game.

NC State has a good run defense, but that’s partly because everyone has spent so much time throwing. The Demon Deacons will first try to get the air show going against the Pack secondary, but …

Wake Forest starting quarterback Sam Hartman is out for the year with a leg injury.

In a rough year for a team blasted by injuries, Hartman turned into a find. A baller, the freshman was able to keep the balanced offense going, but he’s done, and now it’ll be up to Jamie Newman to try keeping up the pace. He’s a big bomber – especially compared to Hartman – but he has only completed 7-of-15 passes for 75 yards an a pick so far. He can run, a little but, but he’s going to have to match up with what Ryan Finley and the State offense are doing.

On fire, Finley followed up his 473-yard day in the loss to Syracuse with a razor-sharp three touchdown performance against Florida State. Now he gets to bomb away against Wake Forest pass defense that’s been a disaster so far.

Unlike the NC State defense that gives up big passing yards but nothing on the ground, the Demon Deacons get hammered by decent running games, too.

The Wolfpack can score and move the ball any way they want to.

Newman and the Wake Forest offense will be fine, but it won’t be able to keep up after Finley and the Pack get rolling.

At home in the national spotlight, the big plays will come from the start. The NFL types know all about Finley, but this is a chance for the rest of the country to see what he can do, along with WR Kelvin Harmon.

It’ll be tight for a while as both offenses move up and down the field, and then the NC State pass rush will take over and overwhelm the Wake Forest backfield to pull away.

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Carolina Panthers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Carolina Panthers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers :This week’s edition of ‘Thursday Night Football’ should be a damn good one. The 5-2-1 Pittsburgh Steelers are rolling and once again look like one of the best teams in the AFC, and on Thursday night they play host to the 6-2 Carolina Panthers, who look like one of the best teams in the NFC.

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Pittsburgh leads the AFC North and surely wants to avoid a loss that could knock them backward if the Bengals manage to get a win on Sunday. The Panthers, meanwhile, are still a game behind the 7-1 Saints, and need a win in order to keep pace in the NFC South and potentially get a home game or two in the playoffs.

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Luckily for football fans, we’ll get to see a ton of stars on both sides of the ball do battle, in particular some of the best quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton), running backs (James Conner, Christian McCaffrey), and wide receivers (Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster) in the NFL. That’s a whole lot of offensive talent on the field, going back and forth trying to score against a couple strong defenses playing well of late.

Pittsburgh ranks fourth in the NFL in yards per game, ninth in points per game, and eighth in efficiency, per Football Outsiders’ DVOA. Last year, the Steelers ranked third, eighth, and third in the same measurements. Bell’s backup, James Conner, has been flat-out better this season than Bell himself was a year ago. In 2017, Bell averaged 27.1 touches per game, with averages of 4.8 yards per touch and 129.7 total yards per game. This season, Conner is averaging 23.6 touches per game, with averages of 5.7 yards per touch and 135.6 total yards per game. Conner has 10 total touchdowns in eight games, just one fewer than Bell had in 15 games last year. Conner has four separate games of 100-plus yards and two touchdowns on the ground, which is one more than Bell has in his entire career.

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Defenses may not be quite as “scared” of Conner as they are of Bell, but Conner has been more effective on the ground (4.7 yards per carry compared to Bell’s 4.0 last year) despite facing stacked boxes with eight-plus defenders far more often than Bell did a year ago. According to NFL.com’s NextGen Stats, 19.94 percent of Bell’s carries in 2017 came against an eight-man box or more, while 30.46 percent of Conner’s carries have come against eight-plus-man boxes.

Conner could be set up for a tough night against the Carolina defense this week, however. It’d be his first tough night in a while. The Panthers rank seventh in rush defense DVOA, per Football Outsiders, and have been one of the toughest defenses in terms of holding down running backs in the passing game. They’ve allowed 33 catches to running backs, sixth-fewest in the NFL, and just 217 receiving yards to the position, which ranks third-fewest. Then again, Conner just tore up a Baltimore defense that is one of the NFL’s best against running backs to the tune of 163 total yards and two touchdowns. That was four days ago. So, perhaps he’s just matchup-proof at this point.

The more interesting battle could come in the passing game. Ben Roethlisberger is one of the most well-protected quarterbacks in the, but the Panthers are among the NFL leaders in hurries (10th), hits (fourth), knockdowns (12th), and total pressures (fifth), according to Sports Info Solutions. Unpressured quarterbacks, though, have been able to find some success against the Carolina secondary. Overall, the Panthers have allowed opponents to complete better than 65 percent of their passes at an average of 7.2 yards per attempt. In particular, Panthers defensive backs have been picked on in man coverage, according to SIS.

The Steelers, of course, have two of the best receivers in football, and perhaps two of the receivers best-suited to work against this Carolina secondary. JuJu Smith-Schuster lines up in the slot on nearly 80 percent of his routes; the Panthers have been flamed by slot receivers all year — especially lately. Tyler Boyd (6-132-1), Adam Humphries (8-82-0), Sterling Shepard (4-75-0), and Cole Beasley (7-73-0) have all gone off against the Captain Munnerlyn-led slot coverage. Carolina has allowed 87 catches for 988 yards and seven scores to slot wideouts, per SIS. Antonio Brown, meanwhile, seems likely to see shadow coverage from underrated corner James Bradberry. Bradberry is one of the most-targeted cornerbacks in the league, as only the Chiefs’ Steven Nelson has been thrown at more often. He has been good if not necessarily great in coverage, allowing an 86.1 passer rating on throws in his direction. Bradberry does not often travel to the slot, so it’ll be interesting to see how coverage changes as Brown moves around the formation.

Tight ends Vance McDonald and Jesse James, meanwhile, could play sizable roles in the passing game as well. The Panthers have allowed more catches by tight ends this season than any team in football, and a 127.84 passer rating on throws to the position — fourth-highest in the league.

The Steelers’ ability to find great success in the absence of Le’Veon Bell has been one of the season’s biggest surprises, but the Panthers’ emergence as one of thefunnest offenses in the NFL is also on that list. The hiring of Norv Turner as offensive coordinator was panned in many circles given the stodgy nature of his offense in recent stops, but Turner has reinvented himself and has been one of the small handful of most creative play-callers in the league this season. Turner has figured out the best ways to use Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, Devin Funchess, and D.J. Moore, and did an excellent job reincorporation Greg Olsen on the fly after the star tight end returned from a recurrence of his foot injury that cropped up in the first game of the season and kept him out for several weeks after.

McCaffrey was in a full-on timeshare last season and occasionally went full games without making an impact. That has not been the case this year, as he’s largely been used as a true feature back, averaged 19.8 touches per game. He has not suffered a dip in efficiency even with the rising usage (12.3 touches per game last year), and is in fact averaging more yards per touch this season than he did a year ago (5.6 per touch to 5.5 per touch). Pittsburgh actually ranks first in DVOA against running backs in the passing game this season, per Football Outsiders, and has allowed only 32 completions for 195 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception on 45 throws to players at the position. The Panthers move McCaffrey all around the formation and manufacture touches for him on jet sweeps and screens so it’s possible he could still break a long-gainer if they figure out a way to use the Pittsburgh defense’s aggressiveness against it.

Conversely, the Steelers’ defense has struggled badly against tight ends, indicating that Greg Olsen, who has been heating up, could be in line for a big night. Olsen was quiet for a couple weeks after returning from injury but has gone for 4-56-1 and 6-76-1 over the past two weeks. His ability to stretch the field vertically up the same is as perfect a fit for Newton’s playing style as it has always been, and they have found a rhythm over the past two weeks. The Steelers, meanwhile, are 26th in DVOA against tight ends, and have allowed 53 catches for 584 yards and four touchdowns to the position. They’ve been torn up over the middle of the field, where Olsen tends to eat.

On the perimeter, there should be a one-on-one battle waged between Funchess and Joe Haden for most of the night. Funchess is having his best NFL season, averaging career-highs in receptions (4.5) and yards (55.6) per game, as well as catch rate (65.5 percent). His season-highs of seven catches and 77 yards don’t jump off the page but Newton has been able to count on him when he needs a first down or drive-extending play, as 28 of his 36 grabs have gone for first downs, per SIS. Among 146 players with 25-plus targets, that first-down rate of 77.8 percent ranks 15th in the league.

Beyond those three players, Newton does not have a particular target he seems to place a ton of trust in. Jarius Wright, Torrey Smith, rookie D.J. Moore, and second-year man Curtis Samuel have all had their moments, but none has carved out a regular place in the offense just yet. Turner has been able to design ways for Moore and Samuel in particular to get into open space, which is key for players with their skill sets. Leveraging the attention paid to McCaffrey and Olsen in order to get them an opportunity at a pop play would be a wise idea against the Steelers.

Panthers vs Steelers

Panthers vs Steelers : When the Steelers and Panthers meet on Thursday Night Football, Carolina will be seeking its first-ever road win in Pittsburgh and first win over the Steelers since 1996. Carolina is 1-5 all-time against Pittsburgh and 0-3 on the road, but the Panthers have been dominant in recent weeks and come into this matchup with a 6-2 record. The Steelers are no slouch either with a 5-2-1 record that has them in first place in the AFC North.

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After the 49ers made last week’s Thursday night matchup against the Raiders much more exciting than you’d expect for a game featuring teams that had one win each, our expectations are higher for a game starring two teams with winning records.

Here are five things we’ll be watching for when the Steelers take on the Panthers on Thursday Night Football in NFL Week 10 (Fox/NFL Network, 8:20 p.m. ET).

The Panthers’ rookie second-round draft pick Donte Jackson has been having a terrific season. He is tied for first in the league with four interceptions, and recorded his fourth takeaway of the season against the Buccaneers last week. To go along with that, Jackson has 37 tackles, one sack, seven passes defensed, and a forced fumble. Look for him to make an impact tonight.

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Additionally, first-round rookie receiver D.J. Moore has 297 receiving yards and a touchdown along with 117 rushing yards. Last week, Moore set a Panthers franchise record for rushing yards by a wide receiver following a 32-yard run. Look for Moore’s former college teammate at Maryland and current Steelers safety Sean Davis to put a stop to the rookie receiver’s damage tonight.

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has shown considerable improvement from a relatively impressive rookie season in 2017 and will be a big part of Carolina’s game plan tonight. He’ll be playing in his 25th career game and needs 63 rushing yards to become the seventh player in league history with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in his first 25 career games.

As for the Steelers, they have an up-and-coming running back on their roster, too. James Connerhas 706 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns along with 379 receiving yards and one score through the air.

This game will be an interesting one for the second-year back as he’s been filling in for Le’Veon Bell while the star back has been home in Miami, watching football from the couch this season. Now, it seems like Bell is back in Pittsburgh and he might make his first appearance of the season at Heinz Field early next week. Could this be Conner’s last game as the Steelers’ starting running back?

Last week against the Ravens, Conner had 163 scrimmage yards and a touchdown catch. He enters this week boasting four games with 100-plus rushing yards, 50-plus receiving yards and at least one touchdown in 2018. He’s the only player in Steelers history with 1,000-plus scrimmage yards (1,085) and 10-plus touchdowns (10) in the team’s first eight games of a season. Expect him to make another splash tonight.

With that said, the Steelers defense is allowing the sixth least rushing yards per game (90.3) and the Panthers defense is allowing the eighth least (94.1).

Ben Roethlisberger started the season slow but he’s been heating up, as has his strong connection with Antonio Brown. Week 9 featured the 68th Big Ben to AB touchdown, nine of which have come this season.

With two touchdown passes from Roethlisberger to Brown tonight against Carolina, they would become the seventh quarterback-receiver duo in NFL history to connect on 70 career touchdown passes.

With both offenses being pretty prolific (Pittsburgh ranks ninth in points per game with 28.4 and Carolina is tied for 11th with 27.5), the game could come down to which defense steps up more. But, these are two pretty similar defenses.

Yards per game: Carolina (11th, 344.8), Pittsburgh (12th, 347.9)
Passing yards per game: Carolina (19th, 250.6), Pittsburgh (21st, 257.6)
Rushing yards per game: Carolina (8th, 94.1), Pittsburgh (6th, 90.3​)
Points per game: Carolina (t-12th, 22.5), Pittsburgh (15th, 23.5)
Forced fumbles: Carolina (t-12th, eight), Pittsburgh (t-15th, seven)

As far a differences, the Steelers are tied for fourth in the NFL with 26.0 sacks and the Panthers are tied for 19th with 21.0. The Carolina defense has among the most interceptions with 11 (fourth) while the Steelers have five (t-21st).

Steelers fans come into this game with a high level of confidence in their team. 82 percent of fans polled in SB Nation’s FanPulse survey are confident in the direction of the team. As for Panthers fans, 85 percent of the fanbase is confident in the direction of the team. Both teams’ fanbases believe they will win tonight. You’ll have to tune in to find out who’s right.

Behind the Steel Curtain FanPulse: Steelers will win by 5
Cat Scratch Reader FanPulse: Panthers will win by 2
Odds: Pittsburgh -4

Thursday Night Football

Thursday Night Football : Playoff contenders clash on Thursday Night Football when the Pittsburgh Steelershost the Carolina Panthers at 8:20 p.m. ET from Heinz Field. Both teams are coming in hot. Pittsburgh has rattled off four consecutive wins, while Carolina has been victorious in five of its last six. On Sunday, the Steelers held off the Ravens 23-16, while the Panthers steamrolled the Buccaneers 42-28. For Thursday, Pittsburgh is a four-point favorite, while the Over-Under, which opened at 50, is 51.5 in the latest Steelers vs. Panthers odds. Before you make any Steelers vs. Panthers picks, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has locked in.

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In a straight-up, pick’em format, their proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and 2017, performing better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on all A-rated picks last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

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The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering Week 10 on a strong 8-0 run. For the season, it is now 22-9 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a blistering 70-43. And when it comes to all straight-up picks, the model is 89-43 this season, again ranking in the top 10 on NFLPickWatch.com. Anybody who has been following it is way, way up.

Now, the model has simulated the Panthers vs. Steelers 10,000 times. We can tell you it’s leaning over, but it also has generated a spread pick that hits over 50 percent of the time. You can only see that one at SportsLine.

The model has factored in that the Steelers are averaging 31.3 points since their Week 4 loss to the Ravens, and at 36, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is enjoying an MVP-caliber season. He tossed two touchdown passes against the Ravens on Sunday, upping his season total to 16. He’s averaging an incredible 311 passing yards per game while completing 65 percent of his attempts. He’s also run in two more scores.

The emergence of running back James Conner has been key to Pittsburgh’s recent success. Le’Veon Bell’s replacement has racked up 1,085 yards from scrimmage, second in the league to Todd Gurley.

But just because the Steelers have been on a tear doesn’t mean they will cover against Carolina.

The model knows that Panthers quarterback Cam Newton can neutralize Pittsburgh’s front seven by getting the ball out quickly to his dangerous playmakers. Against Tampa Bay, Newton had one of his most accurate games of the season. He completed 76 percent of his attempts for 247 yards and two scores. He also picked up clutch first downs while scrambling for 33 yards.

Carolina asserts its will with an imposing ground attack that produces 143.9 yards per game. Second-year star Christian McCaffrey leads the Panthers with 502 rushing yards and 46 catches. He has also found the end zone five times. Wideout Devin Funchess is the primary deep threat with a team-high seven receptions of 20 yards or more.

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Steelers vs Panthers

Steelers vs Panthers : Following San Francisco’s romp over Oakland last week home teams are 7-2 straight up and 6-2-1 against the spread on Thursday nights this NFLseason. Might that NFL betting trend bode well for the Steelers heading into Thursday night’s inter-conference battle with the Panthers at Heinz Field?

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NFL point spread: The Steelers opened as 5.5-point favorites; the total was 50 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report) NFL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 29.2-20.1 Steelers (NFL picks on every game)

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Carolina is 3-0 both SU and ATS the last three weeks, after taking care of Tampa Bay last week 42-28 and covering as a six-point favorite. The Panthers punted on their first possession of the game, then scored touchdowns on their next five and led 35-7 in the second quarter. They allowed the Buccaneers to get within 35-28 in the fourth but re-applied the gas and drove 75 yards to a game-clinching score.

On the day, Carolina out-gained Tampa 407-301, out-rushed the Bucs 179-82 and won the turnover battle 2-0, resulting in a plus-7 points differential.

The Panthers have now out-gained each of their last four opponents and out-rushed their last three foes. At 6-2 overall Carolina trails division-leading New Orleans by one game in the NFC South, but also owns the No. 5 spot in the NFC playoff standings.

Pittsburgh is 4-0 both SU and ATS its last four times out, after beating the Ravens in Baltimore last week 23-16. The Steelers, who lost at home to the Ravens earlier this season, spotted Baltimore the first three points of the game but led 14-6 at the half. They then scored the first touchdown out of the locker room and held on from there for the outright victory as two-point dogs.

On the afternoon, Pittsburgh out-gained the Ravens 395-265, out-rushed Baltimore 113-61 and held a 36/24 advantage in time of possession.

The Steelers, with James Conner now the guy on offense instead of Le’Veon Bell, have out-gained and out-rushed each of their last four opponents. At 5-2-1 overall, Pittsburgh leads the AFC North by basically a half-game over second-placed Cincinnati.

These teams are close at the moment, both playing good ball as of late. This game could well come down to one play or a field goal at the end, and either team could win. That’s why the smart money takes whatever points are available for this contest. The total has gone over in four of the Panthers’ last five games vs the Steelers.

The Steelers are 0-5 ATS in their last five games at home vs teams with winning records. The Panthers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as road underdogs.

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Arsenal vs Sporting CP

Arsenal vs Sporting CP : Arsenal vs Sporting CP : Unai Emery’s men will be aiming to continue their unbeaten run and put themselves into the hat for the last 32 of the tournament…

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Arsenal can book their place in the knockout stage of the Europa League on Thursday by beating Sporting at the Emirates Stadium.

Since losing to Manchester City and Chelsea in August, the Gunners have not been beaten and are currently top of Group E having won all three of their games in the competition thus far.

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They come into the match having recently played out a tense 1-1 draw against Liverpoolin the Premier League, but they hold an edge over the Portuguese side having beaten them 1-0 in Lisbon in October.

A win for Sporting would place them level on points at the top of the group heading into the final two fixtures.

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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BT Sport 2 and it can be streamed online via the BT Sport app.

UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport app Squads & Team News Position Arsenal squad Goalkeepers Cech, Leno, Martinez Defenders Bellerin, Sokratis, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Jenkinson, Kolasinac, Medley, Pieguezuelo Midfielders Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Ozil, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Smith Rowe, Willock Forwards Lacazette, Aubameyang, Welbeck, Nketiah

Mohamed Elneny, Laurent Koscielny and Dinos Mavropanos will all sit out the game as they recover from injury, but Nacho Monreal and Sokratis will be assessed ahead of the game.

Potential Arsenal XI: Cech; Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Holding, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Iwobi, Welbeck; Aubameyang.

Position Sporting squad Goalkeepers Ribeiro, Salin, Maximiano Defenders Coates, Moreira, Pinto, Mathieu, Gaspar, Correira Midfielders B. Fernandes, Acuna, Petrovic, Gudelj, Luis Forwards Montero, Nani, Mane, Diaby, Dost, Cabral

Sporting have brought a 20-man squad to London for the game, with the likes of Nani, Bas Dost and Bruno Fernandes making the trip.

Stefano Sturaro, Raphinha, Rodrigo Battaglia Luc Castaignos and Stefan Ristovski are not included in the panel.

Potential Sporting XI: Ribeiro; Coates, Mathieu, Pinto, Gaspar; Gudelj, Fernandes, Petrovic, Nani, Diaby; Dost.

Arsenal already defeated Sporting in Portugal and are 3/10 favourites to repeat that feat in London, according to bet365. The visitors’ chances of winning are rated 10/1 and a draw is available at 5/1.

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A win for Arsenal over Sporting on Thursday would ensure their passage into the next stage of the Europa League and Emery has challenged his players to continue their impressive form by securing early qualification from the group.

“It’s one way [to win] a title and get into the Champions League next year,” the Gunners boss told reporters ahead of the game. “The second focus is on our work, to continue to improve and to continue with the players, taking responsibility and confidence.

“Above all, I want to continue at the Emirates [together] with our supporters with the same spirit as in the same matches as against Blackpool, Leicester, Liverpool. [The game] is a very good test for us for those two things I have spoken about.”

Recent results – namely score draws against Crystal Palace and Liverpool – may suggest that the Gunners have hit a wobbly patch, but they do not tell the full story. Emery’s men remain as formidable as ever and, having already recorded a narrow victory in Lisbon, they will be fully confident in their ability to defeat the Portuguese outfit.

Arsenal return to Premier League action three days later against a deceptively talented Wolves side before the international break and they will no doubt be keen to maintain their high standards heading into the busy winter period.