- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

PITTSBURGH (1-1) at CAROLINA (2-0)

Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE - Panthers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Pittsburgh 1-1, Carolina 2-0

SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead series 4-1

LAST MEETING - Steelers beat Panthers 27-3 on Dec. 23, 2010.

LAST WEEK - Steelers lost to Ravens 26-6; Panthers beat Lions 24-7

AP PRO32 RANKING - Steelers No. 20, Panthers No. 5

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (19), PASS (5).

STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (29), PASS (7).

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (25), PASS (15).

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (6), PASS (12).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Steelers allowed Ravens to rush for 157 yards last week. … Ben Roethlisberger 2-0 as starter against Carolina with 445 yards passing and two TDs. … Roethlisberger needs 313 yards passing to reach 35,000 for career. … Steelers have only one TD in five trips inside opponent’s 20. … RB LeVeon Bell has AFC-high 304 yards from scrimmage. … WR Antonio Brown has at least five catches and 50 yards in 18 straight games. … Rookie LB Ryan Shazier had 11 tackles vs. Ravens. … LB Jason Worlds has five sacks in past six games. … Previous time Panthers started 3-0 was 2003 when they went to Super Bowl. … Panthers have won eight straight at home. … Panthers have six takeaways and no turnovers in two games. … QB Cam Newton threw for 281 yards last week against Detroit in first game back from fractured ribs. … RB DeAngelo Williams (thigh) missed last week after gaining 72 yards rushing in Week 1. RB Jonathan Stewart will start if Williams doesn’t play. … WR Kelvin Benjamin leads NFC receivers with 138 yards. … TE Greg Olsen averaging 17.3 yards per catch. … WR Jerricho Cotchery led Steelers with 10 TD catches in 2013. … LB Luke Kuechly has NFL-best 340 tackles since 2012. … CB Antoine Cason had 10 tackles, two forced fumbles and recovery in win over Detroit. … DE Mario Addison had 2½ sacks against Lions with DE Greg Hardy deactivated. Hardy will not play against Steelers.

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