The NFC South Carolina Panthers (6-2), led by quarterback Cam Newton, met the AFC North Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1), led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, in an NFL Week 10 soccer recreation on Thursday, November 8, 2018 (11/8/18) at Heinz Area in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger’s first go went for a landing. His final did the identical. And in between the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and his red-hot group put collectively systematic 52-21 dismantling of Carolina on Thursday evening that left little doubt about their depth and their expertise no matter whether or not Le’Veon Bell ever exhibits up for work or not.
Ten totally different Steelers touched the ball on offense. Six of them scored. None of them had been named Bell. Whereas the three-time Professional Bowl working again tweeted his ideas from house whereas ready — and ready — to signal his one-year franchise tender, Pittsburgh ripped off its fifth straight victory with gorgeous ease.
“Actually large efficiency towards a very good group on a brief week so there’s a lot to be happy with,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin mentioned. “However we’re most likely not that good.”
Perhaps not, however Pittsburgh (6-2-1) appeared each bit the a part of professional contender within the AFC, maybe for the primary time this season.
Roethlisberger accomplished 22 of 25 passes for 328 yards and 5 touchdowns whereas posting an ideal quarterback ranking of 158.3. James Conner, who has crammed in capably throughout Bell’s self-imposed sabbatical, ran for 65 yards and a rating earlier than being evaluated for a concussion late.
Antonio Brown added eight receptions for 96 yards — together with a 53-yard landing within the second quarter — to cap an eventful day that started with the star broad receiver being cited for reckless driving after police clocked Brown’s Porsche driving over 100 mph down a busy freeway within the northern metropolis suburbs.
“That is what we anticipated,” Roethlisberger mentioned. “We knew we had been going to need to put up numerous factors. We did that. The protection, they had been enjoying like their hair was on fireplace.”
Bell has till subsequent Tuesday to signal a contract if he needs to play this season. His teammates have lengthy since bored with speaking about Bell’s standing and at this level.
“I am not going to touch upon somebody who’s not within the locker room proper now,” Roethlisberger mentioned.
And why trouble? For 3 hours on Thursday evening Pittsburgh appeared each bit as potent with out Bell because it did with him. If he returns, they insist they will welcome him with open arms. If he would not, they’re intent on retaining the prepare rolling.
The Panthers (6-3) noticed their three-game profitable streak come to an abrupt halt in a metropolis the place they’ve by no means received. Carolina fell to 0-Four all-time in Pittsburgh and was by no means actually in it after the Steelers scored 21 factors within the recreation’s first 11 minutes.
Cam Newton accomplished 23 of 29 for 193 yards and a pair of flips to Christian McCaffrey that the second-year working again changed into scores, however Newton’s showdown with Roethlisberger by no means materialized. The Steelers sacked Newton 5 instances and barely let him get comfy. McCaffrey completed with 138 yards complete offense (77 yards dashing, 61 yards receiving) and accounted for all three Panther touchdowns but it surely wasn’t practically sufficient.
“We had numerous our noses bleeding early on,” Newton mentioned. “We have got to cease it and preserve issues stepping into our favor. We simply acquired outplayed right now.”
Newton did not assist issues when he threw off his again foot out of the Carolina finish zone whereas attempting to keep away from getting sacked within the first quarter. Pittsburgh linebacker Vince Williams raced beneath the floater and returned it 17 yards for a landing to offer the Steelers a 14-7 lead they by no means got here near relinquishing.
Roethlisberger’s rainbow to Brown put Pittsburgh up 31-14 on the half and when Roethlisberger discovered Vance McDonald within the again on the tip zone on the Steelers’ first drive of the second half, the aggressive portion of the night was over. Pittsburgh’s 52 factors matched essentially the most ever surrendered by the Panthers in franchise historical past. Carolina allowed the identical complete in a 52-9 loss to Oakland on Dec. 24, 2000.
“They did some good issues towards us,” Panthers head coach Ron Rivera mentioned. “We made too many errors early on to offer ourselves a chance to win a soccer recreation.”
REID TARGETS ROETHLISBERGER
Carolina security Eric Reid was ejected within the third quarter after being known as for focusing on when he dived at Roethlisberger’s head because the Pittsburgh quarterback was sliding on the finish of an 18-yard scramble.
A number of Steelers, most of them offensive linemen, took exception with the hit and a quick scrum ensued. Pittsburgh middle Maurkice Pouncey mentioned Roethlisberger provided to pay any fines the linemen could accrue for sticking up for him.
Reed, signed by Carolina in September, walked over to Roethlisberger and apologized earlier than being escorted to the locker room.
“I perceive the NFL is attempting to guard quarterbacks however once they’re working the ball they’re working backs,” Reid mentioned. “I am not pondering that ‘It is Ben, do not deal with him.’ There is a man working with the ball, so I am doing my job.”
Roethlisberger and Newton each wore cleats through the pregame that paid tribute to the 11 members of the Tree of Life synagogue that had been killed in a mass taking pictures final month. Roethlisberger’s cleats featured the names of all 11 victims whereas Newton’s cleats learn “Hatred Cannot Weaken a Metropolis of Metal.”
Panthers: Journey to Detroit on Nov. 18 to tackle the Lions. Carolina is 6-2 all-time towards Detroit.
Steelers: Go to Jacksonville on Nov. 18. The Jaguars beat Pittsburgh twice on the highway final season, together with a 45-42 upset within the divisional spherical of the playoffs.
This is what it’s essential to know:
What: NFL, Week 10
When: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
The place: Heinz Area, Pittsburgh
Time: 8:20 p.m. Jap
Line: Steelers -4
Panthers notes: QB CAM NEWTON goals for his 4th in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ ranking. Handed for 250 yards with 1 TD vs. Zero INTs for 98.5 ranking in solely assembly. In his previous 5 vs. AFC, has 16 TDs (11 go, 5 rush). Goals for his third in row vs. AFC with 2+ go TD, rush TD & 100+ ranking. Has 879 go yards (293 per recreation) with 7 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 100.2 ranking in his previous Three on highway. * RN CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY had 157 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 78 rec.) & 2 rush TDs final week. Goals for third in row with 2+ TDs. Has 285 scrimmage yards (95 per recreation) in his previous Three on highway. Has 397 scrimmage yards (99.Three per recreation) & Four TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in his previous Four vs. AFC. Since coming into league in 2017, ranks 2nd amongst NFL RBs with 129 receptions. * TE GREG OLSEN had TD catch in Week 9. Had 69 rec. yards & TD in final assembly. Since 2011, is 1 of three NFL TEs (JIMMY GRAHAM & ROB GRONKOWSKI) with 450+ receptions (463) & 5,500+ rec. yards (5,793). WR CURTIS SAMUEL had 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) final week, his 1st profession multi-TD recreation. * LB LUKE KUECHLY had team-best 14 tackles in final assembly. Has 2 INTs & FR in his previous Four vs. AFC. In his previous Four on Thursday, has 35 tackles & 2 INTs, incl. 32-yard INT-TD. DE MARIO ADDISON had career-high Three sacks & FF final week. Had sack in final assembly. Has 2 sacks in his previous Three vs. AFC. Rookie CB DONTE JACKSON had INT in Week 9. Ties for NFL lead & ranks 1st amongst rookies with Four INTs.
Steelers notes: QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER handed for 270 yards with 2 TDs vs. Zero INTs & rushed for TD final week. Threw 2 TDs vs. Zero INTs for 112.6 ranking in final assembly. In final house assembly, had 320 go yards with 1 TD vs. Zero INTs for 111.5 ranking & rush TD. Has 99+ ranking in 7 of his previous 9 at house. In his previous 2 on Thursday, has 520 go yards (260 per recreation) with 7 TDs vs. Zero INTs for 127.7 ranking. * RB JAMES CONNER had 163 scrimmage yards (107 rush, 56 rec.) & TD catch final week. Has Four video games with 100+ rush yards, 50+ rec. yards & TD in 2018, most in single season in NFL historical past. Is simply participant in franchise historical past with 1,000+ scrimmage yards (1,085) & 10+ TDs (10) in group’s 1st Eight video games of season. Has 397 scrimmage yards (198.5 per recreation) with Four rush TDs in his previous 2 at house. In his previous 2 vs. NFC, has 280 scrimmage yards (140 per recreation) & 2 rush TDs. * WR ANTONIO BROWN had TD catch final week. Had 10 catches for 90 yards & 2 TDs in final assembly. Since 2016, has 1,036 rec. yards & 10 TD catches in 10 video games vs. NFC. Has Eight TD catches in his previous 6. Has Three TD catches in every of his previous 2 on Thursday. WR JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER has 20 catches for 343 yards (114.Three per recreation) with 2 rec. TDs in his previous Three vs. NFC. * LB BUD DUPREE goals for his third in row vs. NFC with TFL. LB T.J. WATT has 5 TFL & Four sacks in his previous 4. CB JOE HADEN had INT in his solely profession recreation vs. Automobile. (11/28/10 with Cle.). DE STEPHON TUITT had sack final week. — NFL Communications
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