Opening Panthers vs Texans odds and betting lines for TNF Week 3


Carolina Panthers fire Jameis Winston

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) will be sacked by Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns (53) during an NFL football game on Sunday, September 19, 2021 in Charlotte, NC (AP Photo / Brian Westerholt )

  • The Carolina Panthers open as 7-point street favorites with the Houston Texans in the NFL TNF Week 3 game on Jan.
  • Carolina is 2-0 and occupies the top spot in the NFC South
  • Houston is 1-1 and tied for first place in the AFC South

Two weeks after the start of the NFL season, the Houston Texans hit the water 1-1. But that’s enough for part of the division leadership in the wretched AFC Süd.

Meanwhile, after two games, the Carolina Panthers are exactly where everyone expected them – 2-0 and tied for first place in the NFC South.

Wait what

Correctly. Sam Darnold is 2-0 as the Panthers’ starting QB. The Panthers open as 7-point favorites over the Texans in NFL odds as they travel to Houston for this week’s Thursday night soccer game.

Panthers vs. Texans Opening Odds

team Money line Spread total
Carolina Panthers -335 -7 (-114) O 43.5 (-105)
Houston Texans +146 +7 (+106) U 43.5 (-115)

September 19th odds at FanDuel

Thursday’s game at NRG Stadium kicks off at 8:20 p.m. ET. The weather forecast calls for sunny, clear skies, 7 km / h wind and a playing time of 81 degrees.

A big number

Bettors doing their research must go back by December 1, 2019 to find a longer point spread in favor of the Panthers. On that day they took the field as a 10.5-point home election against Washington – and promptly lost 29:21.

There are some online sports betting that already raise Carolina’s line to -7.5. It may not be that the Panthers are as good as realizing that Houston is actually that bad. Don’t be fooled by the 1-1 mark next to the Texans in the overall standings. That one win was against the pathetic Jacksonville Jaguars. With 17 losses in a row, the Jags are the vacant spot on the NFL bingo card.

Texans are slowly getting used to staring at such a long range of points. This is the seventh time since the 2019 season that they are an underdog with seven or more points. In these games, Houston stands 1-6 straight and 2-5 against the spread.

Houston was an underdog with 13.5 points last week in Cleveland. The Texans lost, but at least they covered with a 31:21 defeat.

Defense that can do it

Two weeks into the season, the Panthers are the NFL’s best defense. They allowed a league low of 21 points.

Sure, it might not be as impressive as they held the New York Jets and rookie QB Zach Wilson with 14 points. But the shutdown of a New Orleans Saints team that scored 38 goals last week in reigning NFC Central champions Green Bay is a whole different matter.

Carolina checked the Saints for 128 yards of total offensive. That was the lowest performance by a New Orleans team since 2001.

Saints QB Jameis Winston was 11-for-22 for 111 yards. He was picked up twice and released four times. If you’re the Texan QB Tyrod Taylor check out these digits and take a long swig – rather than the kind you pick up at 7-Eleven.

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Texans QB question mark

Of course, that assumes that Taylor is good for Thursday’s game. Houston isn’t sure who will be the focus on Thursday. It won’t upset Deshaun Watson, and it couldn’t be Taylor either.

Taylor left the Sunday defeat to the Browns with a hamstring injury. Rookie QB Davis Mills topped the Texans for the second half of that game.

Texas head coach David Culley didn’t rule out Taylor for Thursday’s game. At the same time, Culley also admitted that he had no idea about the severity of Taylor’s injury.

The Panthers Defense chased a healthy Winston across the field in the Saints’ 26-7 drubbing on Sunday. Whether Taylor is on a good leg or Mills making his first NFL start, Houston could see a very long night on Thursday.

It’s going to be long

The line in this game will be like the fat kid in a game of touch football. It goes a long way.

The Panthers are 2-0 for the first time since 2018. That year Carolina finished 11-5 and took an NFC Wild Card playoff spot.

That spread will only grow even more in favor of the Panthers, especially if the injury reports suggest Taylor won’t play.

Robert Duff

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