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Panthers vs. Texans - 9/20/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Texans (0-1) at Carolina Panthers (1-0)

NFL Football: Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Bank of America Stadium)

The Line: Carolina Panthers -3 -- Over/Under: 40.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers meet Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.

The Houston Texans look for a bounce back win after coming up short against the Kansas City Chiefs. Brian Hoyer is completing 52.9 percent of his passes for 236 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Hoyer has thrown a pick in six straight games now. Nate Washington and DeAndre Hopkins have combined for more than 200 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Cecil Shorts III has four receptions. The Houston Texans ground game is averaging 98 yards per contest, and Alfred Blue leads the way with 42 yards on nine carries. Defensively, Houston is allowing 27 points and 330 yards per game. Brian Cushing leads the Texans with 10 tackles, J.J. Watt has two sacks and Jadeveon Clowney has a tackle for loss. Carlos Thompson, Lonnie Ballentine and Xavier Su'a-Filo are questionable while Ryan Griffin is doubtful.

Panthers vs. Texans - 9/20/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Carolina Panthers are coming off a strong win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cam Newton is completing 58.1 percent of his passes for 175 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Newton has thrown a touchdown in seven straight regular season games. Ted Ginn Jr. and Jerricho Cotchery have combined for 99 receiving yards and one touchdown while Corey Brown has two receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 105 yards per contest, and Jonathan Stewart leads the way with 56 yards on 18 carries. Defensively, Carolina is allowing nine points and 265 yards per game. Thomas Davis leads the Panthers with seven tackles, Mario Addison has two sacks and Josh Norman has an interception. Daryl Williams, Luke Kuechly, Nate Chandler, Richie Brockel and Star Lotulelei are questionable.

It seems like the Texans still have no idea who their quarterback is, which is really hurting their offense. The Panthers just have to get healthy on the defensive side of the ball. Either way, Carolina seems to be the team with more of an indentity and is capable of playing more consistent ball. The Texans scare me.

I'll take the Panthers and the small chak at home.

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Carolina Panthers -3

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