Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans betting tips and NFL predictions
Rookie quarterback David Mills looks set for a tough introduction
Free American football tips, best bets and analysis for Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans in Week Three of the NFL.
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Carolina Panthers -8
2pts 10-11 Hills
Week Three of the 2021 NFL season begins when the Carolina Panthers visit the Houston Texans for Thursday Night Football.
Carolina dominated New Orleans last Sunday and they are a team that have the tools to go far.
Quarterback Sam Darnold has looked much improved since joining Carolina over the summer and is finally showing what he can do with a formidable team around him.
Wide receivers DJ Moore and Robby Anderson have shown good chemistry with Darnold, while running back Christian McCaffrey has been stomping all over opposing defences.
As for the Texans, they have suffered a huge blow with quarterback Tyrod Taylor ruled out for this game, which means rookie Davis Mills will be asked to start.
Making your starting debut in a nationally televised game is far from ideal, especially when you’re facing a Panthers defense that has allowed the fewest points in the NFL so far this season.
Mills didn’t show much last week when he came in for Taylor, completing just eight of his 18 pass attempts for 102 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The lack of preparation time may also work against him.
The Panthers have also completely shut down opposing run games in their first two fixtures, allowing just 2.7 yards per carry (best in the NFL) meaning Mills may struggle to lean on his running backs for support.
Carolina can move to 3-0 with a dominant win over Houston.
Venue NRG Stadium
Vegas handicap Carolina -7.5
Vegas points line 43.5
The Panthers have covered the spread in each of their last seven road games.
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