There is a lot on the line for both teams participating in the Thursday Night Football game in Week 10. When the host Pittsburgh Steelers(5-2-1) play the Carolina Panthers (6-2) at Heinz Field, both teams will desperately need a win for various reasons.
The Panthers are staring up at the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South standings, and any hopes they have of claiming the division crown won’t allow too many setbacks along the way.
The Steelers hold the top spot in the AFC North, but can really put some distance between them and the rest of the pack if they can beat the Panthers on Thursday night. A win would move them to 6-2-1 with the Bengals preparing to host the Saints on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. A Steelers win, combined with a Bengals loss, would put some serious distance between the two rivals with 6 weeks remaining on the schedule.
Scenarios aside, this Week 10 matchup will certainly carry some big names with it, and these two teams are more than similar. It is downright eerie how similar they are with one another. Picking a winner is no cake walk, so we turn to the NFL experts who release weekly picks to see who they are leaning towards in this prime time matchup.
Looking for a pro-Steelers site? Look no further than CBS Sports, where 7 of their 8 experts all like the home team in this matchup.
Want another pro-Steelers site? How about Bleacher Report? 3 of their 4 experts all like the Steelers to win tonight.
Perhaps you want a more neutral website? The haters here at SB Nation always provide for those looking for this. Of the 7 experts who make weekly picks, 4 of them like Pittsburgh with the other 3 obviously pulling for the visiting team.
These are just a few websites, with so many more on the internet. What about all those other sites? Who do those experts like? This is where NFL Pick Watch comes in. This site takes all expert picks across the internet, and puts them into one easy-to-read graph. At the time of this article being written, a whopping 84% of experts like the Steelers to hold serve at home.
Will the Panthers pull off the upset? Or will the Steelers take care of business and sit back and watch how the other teams in the AFC North do this weekend? Only time will tell, but the experts are clearly leaning in Pittsburgh’s favor.