Nov. 09--Associated Press
The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't playing like a team missing Le'Veon Bell.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 328 yards and five touchdowns, James Conner ran for 65 yards and a score before leaving late with a possible concussion and the Steelers pounded the Carolina Panthers 52-21 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.
Antonio Brown added eight receptions for 96 yards -- including a 53-yard touchdown in the second quarter -- to cap an eventful day that began with the star wide receiver being cited for reckless driving after police clocked Brown's Porsche driving over 100 mph down a busy highway in the northern city suburbs.
While Bell -- a three-time Pro Bowl running back who still hasn't signed his one-year franchise tender -- tweeted his thoughts as he watched on television, the Steelers (6-2-1) rolled on without him. Bell has until next Tuesday to sign a contract if he wants to play this season.
The Panthers (6-3) saw their three-game winning streak come to an abrupt halt in a city where they've never won. Carolina fell to 0-4 all-time in Pittsburgh and was never really in it after the Steelers scored 21 points in the game's first 11 minutes.
Cam Newton completed 23 of 29 for 193 yards and a pair of flips to Christian McCaffrey that the second-year running back turned into scores but Newton's showdown with Roethlisberger never materialized. The Steelers sacked Newton five times and rarely let him get comfortable.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Carolina Panthers are two of the hottest teams in the NFL. The Steelers have won four consecutive games. The Panthers have won three straight. One of those winning streaks will likely end when the two teams meet on Thursday Night Football (5:20 p.m. PT/8:20 p.m. ET, KPTV-12, FOX, NFL Network or try FuboTV (free trial).
You can also watch the live stream of the game on foxsportsgo.com, amazon.com, verizonwireless.com, playstation vue, AppleTV, or SlingTV.
The Steelers (5-2-1) are coming off a workmanlike win over the Baltimore Ravens. Their offense is clicking on all cylinders, but the team may be in for a major distraction. Holdout running back Le'Veon Bell has reportedly been sighted in Pittsburgh and could be planning to return to the team. They haven't needed him on the field, because second-year running back James Conner has been a revelation.
The Panthers (6-2) have managed to keep the streaking New Orleans Saints within striking distance in the NFC South. They've got their running game going, no surprise there. However, quarterback Cam Newton is completing 67.3 percent of his passes, a career-high by far.
You can get the latest score and stats from the game in the box score provided above and here's everything you need to know in order to watch the Steelers vs Panthers game:
What: Pittsburgh Steelers vs Carolina Panthers
When: Thursday, Nov. 8, 5:20 p.m. PT/8:20 p.m. ET
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
TV: KPTV-12, FOX, NFL Network
Watch online: You can watch the live stream of the game on foxsportsgo.com, amazon.com, verizonwireless.com, playstation vue, AppleTV, SlingTV or FuboTV (free trial).
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--Geoffrey C. Arnold -- @geoffreyCarnold
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