Everyone will be talking about the game with the game. JJ Watt Vs Cam Newton. I am here to tell you how to bet the spread between the Houston Texans and 3-point favorite Carolina Panthers.
How I Am Betting The Houston Texans Vs Carolina Panthers Week 3 NFL Spread
What: Houston Texans (0-1) at Carolina Panthers (1-0)
When: Sunday, Sept. 20th, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Charlotte, NC
Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
Weather: 88° F/ Scattered Clouds
Wind: SouthWest 4mph
Spread: Panthers -3
Moneyline: Houston +135 vs Carolina -155
Game Total: 39.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Houston vs Carolina
Why Bet On Houston to Beat Carolina (-3.5)
It’s JJ Watt’s World
As bad as Houston’s offense looked in the 20 to 27 loss to Kansas City at home in Week 1, the Texans might be able to pull off the upset over the Carolina Panthers in Week 2. The reason that Houston has a shot at the upset is because their top defense should be able to help the Texans play keep away with Carolina.
Carolina’s offense isn’t nearly as dramatic as Kansas City’s. Jonathan Stewart is not Jamal Charles and as good as Greg Olsen is at tight-end, he isn’t Travis Kelce. Kansas City is much more creative offensively, which is why the Texans’ defense gave up 27 points to the Chiefs in their first game.
If Houston really wants to beat Carolina, they’ll need to get the running game going and help their defense stay fresh by controlling the clock. This goes against what many are screaming for in Houston, a QB change to Ryan Mallett after Mallet was brilliant in the fourth quarter against KC. But speeding up the game by trying to out gun QB Cam Newton doesn’t make any sense. Picking up 3.5 yards a carry does.
Texans plan to start Ryan Mallett at QB vs Panthers in Week 2. (via multiple reports) pic.twitter.com/Jp0tCGo8D6
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 16, 2015
Why Bet On Carolina (-3.5) to Beat Houston
Carolina just doesn’t have the depth to hang with the Texans.
The Carolina Panthers didn’t start out the season playing one of the better teams in the NFL. Carolina traveled to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. Even though the Jags aren’t a top team, the way that Carolina’s defense absolutely dominated Jacksonville has to be admired.
The Panthers were supposed to take a step back in the defense department this season. So far, that hasn’t come to fruition. Carolina dominated Jacksonville in every conceivable manner. They held the Jags to only 265 total yards and 9 points. Carolina kept QB Blake Bortles, who looked great in the pre-season to 22 out of 40 for 183 yards a single TD and a pick. The D forced Bortles into full rookie mode again. Jaguar running backs were held to 96 yards on 21 carries.
Carolina faces a slightly better offense this week in Houston’s. But, like the Jaguars, Houston’s offense doesn’t project to be that effective in this matchup. First, Houston is in the midst of a quarterback controversy. Second, RB Arian Foster remains out of the line-up. The Carolina defense should be able to shut down Houston’s offense at home.
But if it comes down to which defense will do the best against which offense, the answer is difficult. 3 points could mean a lot in this one. This is the week we see the real Texans. I am picking Houston and the Under-39. My final score prediction is Houston 22, Carolina 14.