CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 31: Joshua Dobbs #5 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers 39, Carolina Panthers 24
On the surface, Kyle Allen’s stat line, going 25-for-36 for 250 yards and a touchdown, looks impressive. However, he also got away with a number of poor throws that will be reflected in his PFF grade. Those throws included a would-be interception near the end of the third quarter, with the cornerback failing to control the ball as the only ground the only thing stopping Allen from taking an interception against his stat line.
The Carolina defense looked lost at times in coverage, as they were frequently drawn in by play-action fakes only to leave wide receivers wide open for large chunk…