The Matchup:Panthers (1-2) at Texans (2-1)
Day/Time/Where: Sunday, 12 p.m., NRG Stadium
TV: KRIV, Ch. 26
What’s At Stake: The Texans have won two straight and are looking to keep the momentum going as the schedule toughens up with a home game against Atlanta next week followed by back-to-back road games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts. After back-to-back losses to begin the season Kyle Allen filled in for injured quarterback Cam Newton last week and led the Panthers to their first win of the season – a victory over Arizona. The Panthers are hoping to ride Allen again this week.
What To Watch For: The Panthers offense is still a work in progress but their defense is once again one of the best in the NFL. Their aggressive front seven can stuff the run and get after the passers with linebackers Mario Addison, Brian Burns and Luke Kuechly leading the charge. Texans third-year quarterback Deshaun Watson is coming off a strong game during last week’s 27-20 road win over the Chargers. Watson is taking advantage of his multiple receiving weapons, but the offensive line is still giving up too many hits and sacks on Watson. He has been sacked 12 times in the first three games.
The Bottom Line: It will be tougher than expected but Whitney Mercilus and J.J. Watt will apply pressure on Allen and the Texans offense, led by DeAndre Hopkins and Watson will be too explosive for the Panthers to contain the entire game. Texans win.