Pastor Dillon Posted September 26, 2019 Share Posted September 26, 2019 (edited) Everyone is excited coming off an emotional high after perhaps the biggest win of the Bill O'Brian era. We made halftime adjustments and everything, it felt like we had a real coach! Now its time to move on the Carolina Panthers. A couple things to consider 1. The Panthers are better than people think. The Texans are favored to win currently by 4 points, which I think is generous 2. The Panthers currently rank 11th in total offense and 4th in total defense. The Texans on the flip side rank 17th on offense and 22nd on defense Injuries always play a major factor: Texans: We shouldn't be missing any starters, but Tunsil and Reid have been battling through injuries and they are two of our most important starters Panthers: Cam Newton is out, Kawann Short, Bruce Irvin and Marquis Haynes were all limited, Trai Turner missed practice and is questionable. A few other guys are listed as questionable but probably will play. Keys to the game The Panthers have struggled in pass protection, giving up 8 sacks and according to some analysis they have the lowest pass block win rate in the NFL. Kyle Allen will be making the 3rd start of his career and he has looked the part, despite being undrafted. He has never thrown a pick in his few games. The Texans pass defense against the panthers pass offense will be a huge part of this game. On the flip side, the Texans offensive line has to be better. There was improvement last week, but they have a long way to go. This week should be the first time this season that the same starting 5 linemen start again. The Panthers have recorded 12 sacks in the first 3 games, and we have given up 10. This will be a great test for our line. Players to Watch Will Fuller - Chris Godwin had a monster game against the panthers with all the attention on Mike Evans. Hopkins should create that same opening for Fuller and its time for him to show up Whitney Mercilius - He's been on a tear to start the season and he needs to keep that up Tytus Howard, Matt Scharping, Lonnie Johnson - We need improvement from the rookies, they are going to be playing big time minutes for a playoff contender and they need to mature quickly. Other games that could have playoff implications later on, and who it would best benefit the Texans to see win: Falcons over Titans Lions over Chiefs Bills over Patriots Raiders over Colts Dolphins over Chargers Browns over Ravens Broncos over Jaguars Saints over Cowboys (Just because) Edited September 26, 2019 by Pastor Dillon 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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