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    The Carolina Panthers finished the 2018 preseason with a 39-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight Color Rush Greg Van Roten Jersey ,and for the most part it was not a pretty sight at all. The defense struggled with tackling all night, the offense stalled in the first half, and the officials[img][/img] decided that a completely clean sack should be considered roughing the passer.All in all, it’s precisely what you would expect from a fourth preseason game.There were a few highlights, notably the combination of quarterback Kyle Allen and running back Reggie Bonnafon, but for the most part this was a disappointing effort all around. Thankfully, this game didn’t count in the standings.Trending upKyle Allen: He played well tonight and should find a job on someone’s practice squad.Reggie Bonnafon: He also played well, and could find himself on the Panthers’ practice squad unless someone poaches him off waivers.Mose Frazier: I like what I saw from him tonight. I don’t think he makes the roster, but I do think he should at least be in the conversation for that No. 6 wide receiver spot.Trending downLiterally every Panthers defender who was supposed to tackle someone: Seriously, it was bad tonight y’all. Comically bad, even.Blaine Clausell: Two holding penalties that negated quality gains by Kenjon Barner. That’s not a good look when you’re trying to make a final roster.Elijah Hood: I hate that he got injured in the first quarter because it deprived him of a chance to prove he belonged on the roster.Live updatesFINAL SCORE: Steelers 39 – Panthers 244th quarterTOUCHDOWN PANTHERS: Kyle Allen completes a pass to Bug Howard, who then fumbles it into the endzone and somehow recovers it at the same time as a defender to invoke the “tie goes to the offense” rule for the touchdown. The extra point is good. Steelers 39 – Panthers 24Kyle Allen and Reggie Bonnafon have looked good in the second half. It’s probably too little, too late for them, but they have performed well tonight.TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS: Reggie Bonnafon carries it in for the score. The extra point is good. Steelers 39 – Panthers 17Kyle Allen has looked good tonight. I’d expect him to get a few calls for practice squad spots if he doesn’t end up there in Carolina.TOUCHDOWN STEELERS: It’s too easy at this point for Pittsburgh. The extra point is good. Steelers 39 – Panthers 10The first play of the 4th quarter is either an interception or strip sack fumble returned to the one yard line. This is going swell, y’all.END OF 3RD QUARTER: Steelers 32 – Panthers 103rd quarterTOUCHDOWN STEELERS: Rudolph connects with Henderson, who makes an impressive one-handed grab in the end zone. The extra point is good. Steelers 32 – Panthers 10Daeshon Hall sighting! He bursts through the line to sack Mason Rudolph on third down to force a punt.FIELD GOAL PANTHERS: Gano drills it from 54 yards out to cut into the lead. Steelers 25 – Panthers 10Graham Gano out for a 54-yard field goal attempt.Allen has looked pretty decent so far.It’s the Kyle Allen show from here on out for the Panthers offense.The Panthers get the ball to start the second half. A nice return by Austin Duke is negated by a penalty, because of course it is.HALFTIME: Steelers 25 – Panthers 72nd quarterPanthers can’t get anything going and are forced to punt.TOUCHDOWN STEELERS: It’s almost like they’re playing against air at this point. Defense gets a penalty on the XP and the Steelers elect to move the ball to the 1-yard line and go for two. They convert. Steelers 25 – Panthers 7The Steelers are carving up this backup defense. This is not a good sign at all for depth.Strip sack on Gilbert causes a fumble that is recovered by the Steelers. Welp.Blaine Clausell has now had two holding penalties negate nice gains by Kenjon Barner, in case you’re scoring at home.Smh. . .FIELD GOAL STEELERS: Boswell drills it through the uprights to extend the lead. Steelers 17 – Panthers 7Somehow, the Panthers defense holds the Steelers to a field goal attempt.Apparently the tackling has been bad because it’s actually illegal to tackle. Two atrocious roughing the passer calls give the Steelers 1st and goal. Legit awful calls, those.The tackling is so bad, y’all.A nice run by Kenjon Barner is negated by a holding call against Blaine Clausell. It sets the Panthers back far enough that they are unable to make up the yardage and are forced to punt.Garrett Gilbert is in at quarterback.D.J. Moore back to return the punt, but he fair catches it—a solid business decision in my opinion.THE DEFENSE GOT A STOP!TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS: Heinicke hits Mose Frazier for the score! Gano’s XP is good. Steelers 14 – Panthers 7Panthers offense is starting to move. Heinicke hits Evan Baylis for a nice gain to put the Panthers in the red zone.END OF 1ST QUARTER – Steelers 14 – Panthers 01st quarterA few positives on offense – Curtis Samuel , Cameron Artis-Payne and Damiere Byrd all look good so far tonight.TOUCHDOWN STEELERS: Dobbs launches one to Tevin Jones for the 27-yard touchdown. Boswell’s extra point is good. Steelers 14 – Panthers 0The backup defense is so bad, y’all.The drive stalls at midfield. Palardy on to punt. 31-yarder. Steelers take over inside their 20.Cameron Artis-Payne having a solid outing on this first drive, showing that he deserves a spot on the roster.Taylor Heinicke in at quarterback.Damiere Byrd with a decent return on the kickoff. Panthers offense to start at the 20.TOUCHDOWN STEELERS: Dobbs scores on a quarterback keeper. Steelers 7 – Panthers 0The Steelers are moving down the field at will. The backup defense is not looking good at all tonight. Elijah Hood is injured on the coverage of the kickoff. It looks like a left knee injury. He’s helped off the field and can’t put weight on his leg. Yikes.The Panthers kick off to start the game. The Panthers are in Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers tonight in the preseason finale. It’s mostly the battle of the backups for both teams, but it should be fun to watch some guys compete for a spot on the 53-man roster.Stay tuned for live updates!PregameThe Panthers travel to Pittsburgh on Thursday night to close out the 2018 preseason in the yearly matchup between the two teams. Due to a change in ownership of the Panthers, a game that was once called “The Annual Richardson-Rooney Cocktail Party” by a very handsome and intelligent Panthers blogger will now be known as the “Tepperware Party”.You know you love it.Anyway, this one doesn’t mean much except for the guys who are battling for roster spots. Because of that, we shouldn’t expect to see any key players in this meaningless game.But you’re still gonna watch, aren’t you? Admit it: You love the fourth preseason game even if it doesn’t mean jack squat. You love it because it’s still football.Because you’re gonna watch, here’s the info so you can tune in.Game day informationWhat: Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh SteelersWhen: Thursday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m. ETWhere: Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA)TV: Panthers TV; Mick Mixon, Mike Rucker | NFL Network (replay 8/31 at 10 a.m. ET)Radio: 1110 AM WBT (local)Weather: 77掳/62掳 / Scattered T’Storms / 6 mph NNW wind / 60% precip. (Complete forecast)Miscellaneous informationOnline StreamingIf you don’t live in the Panthers television market, you can stream all NFL preseason and regular season games on demand if you purchase NFL Game Pass. It’s a little pricey at $99, but it also includes access to All-22 film. If you’re just desperate to watch the Panthers game there is a 7-day free trial, but sign up at your own risk if you’re one of those people who forgets to cancel before the free trial is over.*Note: You cannot watch regular season games live with this option. You have to wait until after the games are over before you can stream them. You can find more information here.TV ReplaysNFL Network will air condensed replays of every preseason game throughout the week. To see when the Panthers’ game will be replayed, you can check NFL Network’s preseason schedule for more information.Roaring Riot Watch PartiesIf you’re unable to watch the game via live tv or streaming, or if you prefer to watch in the company of fellow Panthers fans, check out the Roaring Riot to see if there is a watch party in your area. Membership is not required to get in the door, but if you’re interested in purchasing a membership you can find all the information you need here.UniformsThe Panthers will wear white uniforms for this game.OddsIf you’re into that sort of thing, you can find info on NFL game odds by clicking here.Stay tuned for a live update thread when the game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET tomorrow night!Panthers 2018 preseason scheduleWeek 1: at Buffalo Bills; Thu, Aug 9, 7 p.m. ET Week 2: vs Miami Dolphins; Fri Color Rush Christian McCaffrey Jersey , Aug 17, 7:30 p.m. ETWeek 3: vs New England Patriots; Fri, Aug 24, 7:30 p.m. ETWeek 4: at Pittsburgh Steelers; Thu, Aug 30, 7:30 p.m. ET Eric Washington had a strong debut performance against the Cowboys. In his first game as defensive coordinator, he saw his defense stifle the Dallas offense, allowing only 232 yards and a single late touchdown. While Dallas will likely struggle offensively a lot this year, that doesn’t take away from the fact that only two teams gave up fewer yards and fewer points than the Panthers, and one of them was playing the Bills, so they don’t really count. This weekend’s test will be much tougher. The Panthers will hit the road for the first time this season to take on a Falcons offense that has all the pieces to be a dominant group. Last year Matt Ryan and friends finished the season 8th in total yards, proving that they’re capable of moving the ball. However, the Falcons finished the season just 15th in scoring thanks to their red zone struggles. Those red zone woes popped up again in the Falcons season opener in Philadelphia. They managed to work their way into the red zone five times and to the Philadelphia 25 yard line on a sixth occasion and only managed one single touchdown. That leads us to our keys to the game:Don’t get beat by the deep ball to Julio Jones or anyone else. Jones kicked off his 2018 campaign by hauling in 10 of 19 targets for 169 yards against a strong Eagles defense. He does most of his damage far away from the end zone but has the potential to take any catch to the house. Keeping the Falcons aforementioned red zone struggles in mind, the Panthers should take extra care to not give up any long touchdowns. Make the Falcons prove they can put the ball in the end zone from in close. Trust the front four to get to Matt Ryan. This one is tough. The Falcons have a good offensive line, so the temptation to blitz a lot to generate pressure will be there. But Ryan has been very good against pressure throughout his career, including last season when he posted the 7th best passer rating against the blitz. The pass rush getting to the quarterback is as important as always, but bringing extra players in to rush at the expense of the secondary plays right into one of Ryan’s strengths as a quarterback. Leave Julio Jones open in the end zone. Jones is apparently physically incapable of catching red zone touchdowns. I mean, look at this:And watch this too:The Panthers almost certainly won’t have the same success this Sunday that they had in week one, but that’s okay. The Falcons offense is a tough one to match up against. The key will be for the defense to keep plays in front of them and count on the Falcons to collapse in the red zone like they have been for the past season plus.

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