Football gambling handicappers saw the Carolina Panthers get off the mat and score a win against Arizona last week but question their ability in their NFL gambling matchup at Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night with a telecast on the NFL Network set to start at 8:20 PM ET. Sports Gambling opened with Pittsburgh as a 13.5 point favorite and with a total of 37.
Carolina has a record of 2-12 straight up and 4-10 with the football betting odds. The Panthers have gone over the total just 6 times. Carolina is coming off a 19-12 home payout against an almost equally inept Arizona Cardinals team last week. Carolina ranks dead last in total offense, passing, and points scored which is not a good resume against the Pittsburgh defense.
Jimmy Clausen has an embarrassing QB rating of 59.1 with a 2/7 TD/INT ratio. Top running back DeAngelo Williams is on a lengthy injury list and will miss the rest of the year with a foot injury. Carolina is in last place in the NFC South and looking like the number one draft pick team for April 2011. They are 2-4 against the spread on the road.
Pittsburgh has a record of 10-4 straight up and 8-6 with the pro football betting lines. The Steelers are coming off a 22-17 home loss to the New York Jets as their rally at the end of the game fell just short of the end zone. The Steelers are now tied for first place with the Baltimore Ravens in the NFC North. Defense is the bedrock of the Steelers as they rank 3rd for total defense and 2nd for points allowed.
Rashard Mendenhall has rushed for 1173 yards and Ben Roethlisberger has a 92.6 QB rating with a 14/5 TD/INT ratio. Mike Wallace has 1048 yards receiving and a 19.8 yards per catch average with 8 touchdowns to complete a balanced attack. Pittsburgh has gone under the total 8 times and in 4 of their last 5 games.
Pittsburgh has gotten the money in their last 4 football gambling matchups against Carolina with the last 3 games between the teams going over the total.