3 key Carolina Panthers storylines to watch vs. Steelers in Week 15


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What are some key storylines to watch when the Carolina Panthers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15 at Bank of America Stadium?

The Carolina Panthers are about to embark on a crucial stretch of games that could lead to playoff football in 2022. An unbelievable turnaround under Steve Wilks puts them right in the mix despite their 5-8 record, which could see the in-form franchise reach the NFC South summit with a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15.

Carolina is 3-1 over the last four games and 3-0 at Bank of America Stadium with Wilks leading the charge. The Steelers won’t be rolling over by any stretch, but these are the sort of games any postseason hopeful must win in pursuit of reaching the knockout stage.

This one just feels different. There is a vibrancy and optimism within the fanbase that completely disintegrated under Matt Rhule – momentum that can hopefully steer the Panthers to yet another morale-boosting triumph when it’s all said and done.

With that being said, here are three key Panthers’ storylines to monitor closely in Week 15 versus Pittsburgh.

Storyline No. 1

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Steve Wilks issued a rallying cry to fans for this one, asking for them to turn out in numbers and provide an atmosphere that can spur on his players. There will be an abundance of Pittsburgh Steelers fans in attendance, but any help they can get from the stats will be welcome.

There is a newfound sense of belief across the franchise thanks to Wilks. And the least he deserves is an electric occasion and encouragement considering how bleak things looked earlier in the campaign.

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Steve Wilks

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