Ben Roethlisberger takes brutal hit against Panthers, leading to chaotic scuffle and ejection

Ben Roethlisberger takes brutal hit against Panthers, leading to chaotic scuffle and ejection
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Per our power rankings, the Steelers come in sixth, while the Panthers rank ninth. And the two teams hold four- and three-game winning streaks, respectively.

So, who will come out on top and maintain their path to a division title? Lets dig in and find out.

That triggered a brief scrum, as Steelers guard David DeCastro came to his quarterback’s defense. Reid eventually went over and appeared to apologize to Roethlisberger.

This matchup will have some juice, and thats thanks to two veteran signal-callers at quarterback that have been fantastic at the position in 2018.

Reid was diving over the top and caught Roethlisberger in the head as he flew past, and it didn’t take a long huddle of officials to send Reid off.

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In reviewing the 33 quarterbacks with 150 or more drop backs this year, Cam Newton has been ballin. Peeking at Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) per drop back, Newton checks in seventh with a mark of 0.22, and Ben Roethlisberger isnt too far behind him, ranking ninth (0.21). In terms of Passing Success Rate, or the percentage of drop backs resulting in positive NEP, Newton ranks 10th (51.275) and Roethlisberger slides back a bit to 15th (49.01%).

Safety Eric Reid was just ejected after hitting Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the head as he was sliding.

Both signal-callers seem very unsure about pushing the ball downfield. In terms of Average Intended Air Yards (IAY), which measures the average Air Yards a passer throws on all attempts, despite many passing weapons, Roethlisberger has posted a mediocre mark of 7.8 IAY, while Newton has been a bit farther back at 7.4 IAY. Using Week 9 as an example, where passers like Baker Mayfield (11) and Aaron Rodgers (10) led the pack in deep passes — pass attempts traveling 16+ yards, Newton (6) and Roethlisberger (5) were a little more conservative.

After visiting his new building at Carnegie Mellon University, the Tepper Quadrangle, as well as his old high school, Peabody (now the Barack Obama Academy), Tepper spoke with reporters on the sideline before Thursday nights Panthers game against the Steelers.

Measuring Newton as a passer only would be a disservice, and the quarterback has certainly used his legs to his advantage. Cam is lapping the field in rushing attempts, easily leading the same group with 62 carries, 342 rushing yards, and 4 rushing touchdowns.

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Despite that lack of a deep ball, both quarterbacks are performing well from a fantasy perspective, as seen from their point-per-game and FanDuel-point-per game marks.

David Tepper returned to his home city of Pittsburgh on Thursday, for his second game since he became the owner of the Carolina Panthers in July.

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In terms of situation-neutral pace, the Steelers are one of the quickest teams in the league, ranking 9th (30.03 seconds), while Carolina plods along a lot more, clocking in 25th (32.16 seconds).

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As weird and difficult as things have and continue to be in Pittsburgh at the running back position, it went to a whole new level yesterday:

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Pittsburgh Steelers injury report: Gilbert, McCullers could miss Week 10

Trolling upside tweets or not, holding out this season in hopes of a large offseason contract, LeVeon Bell has given way to James Conner, who has been fantastic for the Steelers. Among the 34 running backs with 75 or more carries this year, Conner ranks 11th in Rushing NEP per carry (0.04). In terms of Rushing Success Rate, Conner has been strong as well, clocking in 10th (43.71%). Conner leads the AFC in rushing yards (706), and he ranks fourth in receptions among running backs (38).

Dan McCullers – McCullers hasn’t practiced all week and has an ankle injury. With a short week, it is hard to recover from a Sunday game. McCullers is listed as out for the Panthers game and his spot will be backed up by Tyson Alualu and LT Walton who will dress this week.

Christian McCaffrey has also been a beast this season, ranking 3rd in running back receptions (49), 19th in Rushing Success Rate (40.37%), and 16th in Rushing NEP per rush (0.00).

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From a yards from scrimmage perspective, Conner ranks second (1,085), while McCaffrey ranks seventh (880), which also shows up in their individual fantasy rankings:

A short week could keep a number of players on the sidelines. This team is rolling, though, and should be able to keep their winning streak alive, even without Gilbert of McCullers. Keep up with all gameday coverage at Still Curtain.

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It looks like both teams have strong running games, but can these defenses step up to the task and hold down these runners?

In looking at numberFires schedule-adjusted metrics, one of the strengths of the Steelers season has been their defense, which clocks in 10th, and the Panthers havent been quite so strong, ranking 16th.

From analyzing Pittsburghs perspective, theyve been really good against both the run and the pass, ranking 8th against the pass and 12th against the run. Carolina has been pretty good against the pass, too — they rank 13th there but have struggled defending the run, now sitting 22nd.

Getting pressure on the opposing quarterback has a major strength for the Steelers, but a problem for the Panthers in 2018. In terms of Football Outsiders adjusted sack rate, which measures sacks plus intentional grounding penalties, Pittsburgh checks in seventh with a mark of 8.1%. Carolina, however, needs to step their game up, as they rank 20th with a mark of 7.1%.

As you may expect with the color mentioned above, Pittsburgh has been solid getting the ball back to Roethlisberger and company, but Carolina hasnt been so strong. Pittsburgh ranks 10th in yards allowed per drive (30.42), while Carolina clocks in 19th (33.06). Carolina has shined in forcing turnovers, ranking tied for seventh (15), while Pittsburgh has forced only nine this year.

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner left in the fourth quarter of Thursdays 52-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night after suffering a concussion.

Conner was briefly examined in the sideline medical tent during the third quarter after taking a hit on a play. He later returned to the game before leaving for the locker room with the Steelers leading, 52-14, early in the fourth quarter.

The second-year running back tallied 65 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries before exiting the game. Conner has 771 rushing yards and 10 TDs on the season.

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