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Steelers Vs. Panthers: NFL Week 15 Previews

After losing a close, hard-fought game to the New York Jets last Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers play their second game in seven days tomorrow evening when they play host to the lowly Carolina Panthers. For obvious reasons, the Steelers and Panthers don't have a rich head-to-head history. On paper, the Steelers should have no problem winning, but I'm at least a tiny bit nervous about this one without Polamalu playing. I shouldn't be, I know. 

Here's a few facts, figures and trends about the two teams' series history, as well as up-to-date season stats for both squads.  

CAROLINA PANTHERS (2-12) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (10-4)

SERIES

 

PANTHERS

STEELERS

SERIES LEADER

3-1

STREAKS

Past 3

COACHES VS. OPP.

Fox: 0-2

Tomlin: 0-0

LAST WEEK

W 19-12 vs. Cardinals

L 22-17 vs. Jets

LAST GAME

12/17/06: Steelers 37 at Panthers 3.  Pittsburgh RB Willie Parker rushes for 132 yards & TD as club wins 3rd consecutive game.  Steelers WR-PR Santonio Holmes has 65-yard PR-TD.

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/15/02: Steelers 30, Panthers 14.  Pittsburgh outgains Carolina 332-131 in total yards & Steelers RB Jerome Bettis runs for 2 scores.

BROADCAST

NFLN (8:00 PM ET): Bob Papa, Matt Millen, Joe Theismann, Alex Flanagan (Field reporter).  Westwood One Radio: Ian Eagle, Trent Green, Laura Okmin (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 124 (WW1), 125 (Car.), 126 (Pit.).  XM: 124 (WW1), 102 (Car.), 103 (Pit.).

 

STATS

PASSING

Clausen (R): 128-243-1,304-2-7-59.1

Roethlisberger: 203-335-2,600-14-5-92.6

RUSHING

Stewart: 147-668-4.5-2

Mendenhall: 292-1,173-4.0-10

RECEIVING

Smith: 43-537-12.5-2

Wallace: 53-1,048-19.8-8

OFFENSE

266.1

335.6

TAKE/GIVE

-7

+14 (T2L)

DEFENSE

329.6

291.8 (3L)

SACKS

C. Johnson: 9.5

Harrison: 10

INTs

Godfrey: 5

Polamalu: 6 (T1C)

PUNTING

Baker: 43.5

Kapinos: 38.9

KICKING

Kasay: 85 (16/16 PAT; 23/27 FG)

Suisham: 41 (11/11 PAT; 10/10 FG)

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.