In these weekly previews, I’ll highlight the results that I found shocking from the previous week, as well as preview the game I am most looking forward to from the weekend ahead. As we get later into the season, I may add some other sections to this, including playoff positioning and a look forward to the upcoming draft.
The Top Games From Week 10
This space will be less about games that were shocking based on preseason expectations and more about the games that had the most impact on the standings as we move past the halfway point in the schedule. This game was kind of a dud in overall impact to the playoff seedings, though it did set up a Week 11 that will feature a couple of “win or (possibly) go home” games. One top game was featured as the Game of the Week last week (which didn’t really pan out) and the other features a team that we talked about a lot the first few weeks of the season that might have playoff implications down the road.
Pittsburgh Steelers 52 – Carolina Panthers 21
I was way off in my prediction for this one. So much for a low scoring game.
The Panthers took the early lead in this one, but the rout was on by the end of the first quarter. The Panthers never got closer than that initial 7-0 score, with their other touchdowns making the score 24-14 Steelers and the final score above. Christian McCaffery scored all three Panthers’ touchdowns (1 rushing, 2 receiving), but Ben Roethlisberger had five touchdown passes to five different receivers. It sure wasn’t pretty, and the Steelers moved into second place in the conference after New England’s surprising loss to the Titans on Sunday. The Panthers fell another game behind the Saints, but are still leading the wildcard race in the NFC.