September 18, 2014

PITTSBURGH (1-1) at CAROLINA (2-0)

Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE - Panthers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Pittsburgh 1-1, Carolina 2-0

SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead series 4-1

LAST MEETING - Steelers beat Panthers 27-3 on Dec. 23, 2010.

LAST WEEK - Steelers lost to Ravens 26-6; Panthers beat Lions 24-7

AP PRO32 RANKING - Steelers No. 20, Panthers No. 5

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (19), PASS (5).

STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (29), PASS (7).

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (25), PASS (15).

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (6), PASS (12).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Steelers allowed Ravens to rush for 157 yards last week. ... Ben Roethlisberger 2-0 as starter against Carolina with 445 yards passing and two TDs. ... Roethlisberger needs 313 yards passing to reach 35,000 for career. ... Steelers have only one TD in five trips inside opponent's 20. ... RB LeVeon Bell has AFC-high 304 yards from scrimmage. ... WR Antonio Brown has at least five catches and 50 yards in 18 straight games. ... Rookie LB Ryan Shazier had 11 tackles vs. Ravens. ... LB Jason Worlds has five sacks in past six games. ... Previous time Panthers started 3-0 was 2003 when they went to Super Bowl. ... Panthers have won eight straight at home. ... Panthers have six takeaways and no turnovers in two games. ... QB Cam Newton threw for 281 yards last week against Detroit in first game back from fractured ribs. ... RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh) missed last week after gaining 72 yards rushing in Week 1. RB Jonathan Stewart will start if Williams doesn't play. ... WR Kelvin Benjamin leads NFC receivers with 138 yards. ... TE Greg Olsen averaging 17.3 yards per catch. ... WR Jerricho Cotchery led Steelers with 10 TD catches in 2013. ... LB Luke Kuechly has NFL-best 340 tackles since 2012. ... CB Antoine Cason had 10 tackles, two forced fumbles and recovery in win over Detroit. ... DE Mario Addison had 2 1/2 sacks against Lions with DE Greg Hardy deactivated. Hardy will not play against Steelers.

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