Pittsburgh Steelers vs Carolina Panthers: Live Stream, Preview, Updates


bucs vs panthersThe Carolina Panthers have avoided all the distraction they comes with having someone named Greg Hardy on your team.

The Panthers are off to a 2-0 start after winning in week one at Tampa Bay and then trouncing Detroit last week 24-7 in the return of Cam Newton at quarterback.

Newton went 22 of 34 for 281 yards and a touchdown and will be back under center this week as Carolina looks to go 3-0 for the first time since winning their first five games in 2003.

“I think we are headed in that direction,” Rivera told the team’s official website. “We have a lot of guys that have been in the system for (several) seasons now. It’s starting to show. … We can be better, and we’ve still got a long ways to go.”

Defensively the Panthers are strong as anyone in the NFL even without Hardy. They’ve recorded seven sacks tie for fourth most in the NFL in two games.

Pittsburgh (1-1) is looking to clean things up following last Thursday’s 26-6 loss at Baltimore. Ben Roethlisberger was 22 of 37 for 217 yards and an interception, one of three Steelers turnovers.

The Steelers defense has allowed 712 yards of offense in his two games and has it been outscored 50-9 in just the last six quarters.

“It’s all something that needs to be addressed and quickly rectified,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “We’re two games into this one. Hopefully by the time we’re able to compare this year to last or any year for that matter over a 16-, 19-game schedule or 20-game schedule if you will (that) we’ll have a better showing than we have to this point.”

Le’Veon Bell has proved to be a rare bright spot for Pittsburgh with 5.3 yards per carry, but look for the Panthers to reduce those totals significantly.

Carolina has won 13 of its last 14 regular-season games and eight straight at home by 16.6 points per contest, and we look for the Panthers to continue that trend.

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