Coming into the Carolina Panthers (6-3) week 10 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1) many speculated that this game would be nothing short of an evenly matched battle between two of the hottest teams in the league right now. It proved to be anything but, as Pittsburgh dominated winning 52-21 over the visiting Carolina Panthers in a game where the Steelers put up their most points ever at Heinz Field.
Despite Carolina riding in with a three-game winning streak, they failed to keep their momentum going as the Panthers defense struggled all night versus the Pittsburgh aerial assault. Pittsburgh’s first offensive play from scrimmage was a 75-yard JuJu Smith-Schuster touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The rest of the game included Big Ben putting up incredible numbers through the air, as the veteran signal caller ended the game with 328 yards passing, completing 22 of his 25 attempts with five touchdowns and no interceptions. For Carolina, running back Christian McCaffrey was the only thing that could get going as the dynamic rusher and receiver accounted for 138 total yards and all three of Carolina’s end zone visits.
A usually stout Carolina defense allowed not only the most points surrendered in a game this year but also tied the most points let up in franchise history. A defense that has been anything but their usual selves as of late, over the last two outings they have allowed a combined total of 80 points. For a team with playoff aspirations, Carolina must go back to the drawing board on both sides of the ball and attempt to get back on track as the regular season begins to wind down.