Free NFL Picks Today: Carolina Panthers vs Pittsburgh Steelers 12/18/22

Free NFL Picks Today: Carolina Panthers vs Pittsburgh Steelers 12/18/22
Sun 18th December 2022

The Carolina Panthers (5-8, 4-3 Home) play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8, 3-4 Away) at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday. The Panthers are three-point favorites, and the total is 37.5. Pittsburgh is coming off a narrow 16-14 loss against the Baltimore Ravens at Acrisure Stadium last Sunday.

Mitch Trubisky threw for 276 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. Najee Harris ran 12 times for 33 yards and a touchdown. Diontae Johnson was targeted eight times, catching six passes for 82 yards.

Carolina beat the Seattle Seahawks 30-24 at Lumen Field last Sunday. Sam Darnold was 14 of 24 for 120 yards and a touchdown. D’Onta Foreman carried 21 times for 74 yards. Laviska Shenault Jr. had four receptions for 31 yards.


The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since November 2018, a 52-21 win for the Steelers.


The Steelers are averaging 17.5 points per game for the season, 27th in the NFL, and they are facing a Panthers defense that has surrendered 22.3 PPG (13th). Meanwhile, Carolina has scored 20.0 points a game this season, 24th in the league, and Pittsburgh is allowing 22.5 PPG (14th).

The Steelers rank 25th in the league in passing yards per game (221.2) and 19th in rushing (113.0), while the Panthers are 14th in passing yards allowed per game (227.8) and 24th against the run (128.8).

Carolina has been one of the league’s least successful passing teams, averaging 183.6 passing yards per game (30th), while ranking 13th in rushing yards (124.9). The Steelers are allowing 254.4 passing yards (22nd) and 115.8 rushing yards per game (15th).

Carolina ranks as the lowest volume red zone offense in the NFL, advancing inside the 20-yard-line just 2.6 times per game and scoring a touchdown on 53% of those possessions (18th).


Through 10 games, Kenny Pickett has thrown for four touchdowns (8 INT) and 179.7 yards per game to lead Pittsburgh in passing. In five away games this season, he has two TDs (5 INT) and an average of 229.2 yards passing.

Najee Harris leads the team in rushing with an average of 54.2 yards a game over 13 games. He has five touchdowns on the ground. Diontae Johnson is the Steelers’ leading receiver with 49.8 yards a game. He is averaging 5.2 receptions on 8.7 targets per game. Baker Mayfield has six passing touchdowns (6 INT) with 187.6 yards per game through seven games to lead Carolina.

In four home games this season, he has thrown for three TDs (4 INT) and an average of 204.2 yards. D’Onta Foreman has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 53.1 yards a game through 12 games.

He has four touchdowns. DJ Moore has been a key target in the Panthers’ aerial attack. He has four touchdowns and a 46.5 yard per game average through 13 appearances. DJ Moore is averaging 7.0 targets per game (3.5 receptions).


Carolina is looking for a fourth straight home win this season.

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Carolina Panthers (-145)

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