Carolina Panthers vs Houston Texans News & Picks
Carolina Panthers vs Houston Texans Odds
|Carolina Panthers||-7½ -110||43½ -110o||-370|
|Houston Texans||+7½ -110||43½ -110u||+310|
**Odds as of 09/21**
The Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans are set to match up in Week 3 for the National Football League’s Thursday Night Football game of the week. The Panthers remain unbeaten on the season after their win in Week 2 over the Saints. As for Houston, they fell to 1-1 last week with a loss to the Cleveland Browns. When you go to bet on NFL games the Carolina Panthers are 7½-point favorites and the total is 43.
The Carolina Panthers have enjoyed seeing their quarterback Sam Darnold start the season hot, including two passing touchdowns in the win over the Saints. Carolina succeeded in holding the Saints’ running back Alvin Kamara to just five yards on the ground in the game. In two games, Carolina has allowed a total of just 21 points.
Obviously, the ground game is important for Carolina. Christian McCaffrey, the former Stanford running back, rushed the football 24 times for 72 yards and a score in the Week 2 win. Many have McCaffrey as one of the favorites to win the Most Valuable Player in 2021.
For Houston, following their win over the Jaguars in Week 1, the Week 2 affair with Cleveland started well, but ended poorly. The Texans were outscored 17-7 in the second half for the loss. Plus, the Texans will also be without their quarterback Taylor for this game, as he left the Week 2 loss with a hamstring injury. Davis Mills came in and threw for a touchdown and interception, and will likely be the Week 3 starter.
The Texans saw Mark Ingram and David Johnson combine for just 66 yards on the ground in the loss. Phillip Lindsay actually scored a touchdown, but it was via the passing game. Brandin Cooks remains the top receiving threat for Houston, with 14 receptions and 210 yards on the season.