The Carolina Panthers rode a steady, balanced offensive attack and a strong defensive outing to a Week 1 win. If they can keep it going, they should have no problem with the Texans in Week 2 at home.
Houston lost to the Chiefs in their opener as starting quarterback Brian Hoyer struggled. Ryan Mallett replaced Hoyer in the fourth quarter and led the Texans to two scores late. The Texans may have an early-season quarterback controversy on their hands.
Meanwhile, Carolina, whose defense held Jacksonville to 75 second-half yards last week, also had a defensive score early in the third period. No matter who starts under center for Houston, it may be a tough go.
Here’s what you need to know about the game:
Line: Panthers (-3)
Houston is 4-1-1 against the spread in its last six games on the road
Carolina is 12-5 straight up in its last 17 games at home
Moneyline: Panthers -120, Texans +100
The total has gone under in five of Carolina’s last six games at home
The total has gone under in four of Houston’s last six games on the road
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