A Week 3 matchup features the Carolina Panthers (2-0) taking on the Houston Texans (1-1). The Texans ( on the moneyline to win) take to their home field on September 23, 2021 at 8:20 PM ET on NFLN against the Panthers ( ). The point total for the matchup is set at points.
The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of September 23, 2021, 9:48 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Panthers Vs Texans Odds
|ATS pick||Over/Under pick|
|Texans (+8)||Over (43.5)|
Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm (raw power score) that ranks head-to-head matchup results within a closed network of games. Prediction confidence is determined by the delta between each team’s raw power score.
Team Stat Rankings (2020)
|Off. Points per Game (Rank)||21.9 (24)||24.0 (18)|
|Def. Points per Game (Rank)||25.1 (18)||29.0 (27)|
|Off. Yards per Play (Rank)||5.6 (17)||6.4 (1)|
|Def. Yards per Play (Rank)||5.6 (18)||6.2 (29)|
|Turnovers Allowed (Rank)||21 (17)||18 (9)|
|Turnovers Forced (Rank)||22 (10)||9 (32)|
Panthers Betting Insights
- Carolina was 9-7-0 against the spread last year.
- There were seven Carolina games (out of 16) that hit the over last year.
- Eight times last year, Carolina and its opponent combined to score more than 43.5 points.
- The point total average for Panthers games last season was 48.6, 5.1 more points than the over/under for this matchup.
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Texans Betting Insights
- Houston covered the spread six times in 16 games last season.
- The Texans were winless ATS (0-1) when playing as at least 8-point underdogs last season.
- Houston had eight of its 16 games go over the point total last year.
- Houston’s games finished with over 43.5 points scored 14 times last year.
- Last season, Texans games resulted in an average scoring total of 50.6, which is 7.1 points higher than the over/under for this matchup.
Panthers Players to Watch
- Last year Sam Darnold recorded 2,208 passing yards — including a 59.6% completion percentage — with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions (138.0 yards per game). His rushing performance consisted of 37 carries for 217 yards (a team high) and two TDs.
- Christian McCaffrey churned out 225 rushing yards (22.5 per game) and five touchdowns last year.
- D.J. Moore hauled in 66 catches for 1,193 yards (74.6 per game) while being targeted 118 times. He also scored four touchdowns.
- Robby Anderson tacked on 1,096 yards on 95 grabs with three touchdowns. He was targeted 136 times, and averaged 68.5 receiving yards per game.
- Dan Arnold grabbed 31 passes on 45 targets for 438 yards and four touchdowns, compiling 27.4 receiving yards per game.
- Haason Reddick did his thing last season with a memorable stat line of 12.5 sacks, 20.0 TFL and 83 tackles.
- Last season Jeremy Chinn racked up 166 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, and one interception.
- Donte Jackson intercepted three passes last year while also totaling 46 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and 11 passes defended.
Texans Players to Watch
- Deshaun Watson averaged 301.4 pass yards per contest and tossed 33 touchdowns last season. In addition, he added 27.8 yards on the ground per game with three rushing touchdowns.
- David Johnson compiled 691 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground in addition to 314 receiving yards and two touchdowns through the air during last year’s campaign.
- Phillip Lindsay ran for one touchdown on 502 yards a year ago.
- Brandin Cooks averaged 71.9 yards on 5.4 receptions per game and racked up six receiving touchdowns in 2020.
- Danny Amendola averaged 37.6 receiving yards on 4.9 targets per game in 2020.
- Anthony Miller grabbed 49 passes on his way to 485 receiving yards and two touchdowns a season ago.
- Last year DeMarcus Walker racked up 4.5 sacks, 4.5 TFL and 27 tackles.
- Zach Cunningham put together an excellent stat line last year, collecting 222 tackles, 7.5 TFL, and 3.0 sacks.
- A year ago Christian Kirksey tallied 108 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, and four passes defended as well as two interceptions.
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