The Carolina Panthers will host the Pittsburgh Steelers as the two bring their 2013 preseasons to a close.
For the Panthers, it is a chance to add a third win in what has largely been a successful preseason. They are 2-1, and that includes a 34-27 win over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens their last time out.
Meanwhile, the Steelers are simply hoping to end their preseason with at least one win. After losses to the Giants, Redskins and Chiefs, the Steelers are 0-3 this summer.
Still, the outcome of this game won't be a major concern.
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.
TV: KDKA in Pittsburgh. Here is a full list of Panthers affiliates.
Betting Line: Carolina -3.5, according to Bovada
All injury info via ESPN.com.
Out: Heath Miller, TE; DeMarcus Van Dyke, CB
Doubtful: Le'Veon Bell, RB
Questionable: Jarvis Jones, LB
Probable: Isaac Redman, RB
Out: Jonathan Stewart, RB
Questionable: Kenjon Barner, RB
Probable: Mike Tolbert, RB
Top Storyline: The Battle for the Final Roster Spots
The fourth and final game of the NFL preseason schedule offers very little for fans in terms of NFL-level play. The starters will likely only be in for a series, if they play at all. Also, any play-calling is bound to be extremely vanilla.
However, for those players at the bottom of the depth chart—the ones who will be getting the longest looks in this contest—this game is everything.
This is their chance to prove they belong in the NFL. For these guys, this game is an audition not just for their teams but also for every other team that may be looking for help at a certain spot as final cuts are made.
Prediction: Steelers 24, Panthers 20
Given everything I've said about this game, it is virtually impossible to predict a winner in a preseason contest. However, I think the Steelers will be angling a little more for the win to prevent going winless in the preseason. I believe that added desire will make all the difference.