11 of 14 ESPN analysts are picking us to beat the Steelers. The Huddle and the fan base as a whole has already penciled in a W; I don't even see a single thread about the Steelers game that's been posted.
Is that wise? The Steelers will have had 10 days to prepare and the Panthers generally aren't that hot in primetime. We haven't beaten the Steelers since 1996. Roethlisberger is a perfect quarterback to take advantage of no Hardy by rolling to Addison/Horton/Ealy's side when Hardy would have been able to contain him.
I think the Panthers will win too, but I don't think this is a done deal by any stretch of the imagination. I like the Panthers in a 20-14 sort of game.