Carolina Panthers defeated the Houston Texans in the opening game from the NFL third week at home in the NRG Stadium. The Texans lost by 24 – 9 in a bad game from both franchises.
This result shows a little about what we can expect from the AFC South at the regular season and who run for the Division title.
After a 21 – 31 loss against Cleveland Browns last week, Houston lost again and can lose second place on Sunday 26, depending on the other teams’ results. On the other hand, all the four Division teams can have the same results after three weeks, with one win and two losses.
In the better scenario for Houston, if Tenessee lost for Indianapolis, the Texans come back to have the same results as the first place. But it shouldn’t happen.
For Bovada, Tennesse Titans is the favorite to defeat the Colts, at home, by six points or more, with -110 odds. While Arizona Cardinals (which is surprising with two wins) has -110 odds to win the game against the Jaguars by nine points or more, in Jacksonville
But if Houston lost again and can see the first-placed far, can any franchises be close to Tenessee in the AFC South title running? It’s hard to imagine.
Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars started the regular season in the worst way: with two losses. The Colts lost for Seattle Seahawks (28 – 16) and Los Angeles Rams in a close game (27 – 24). At the same time, the Jaguars fell for Houston (37 – 21) and Denver Broncos (23 – 13).
The Panthers beginning the game as one of the main favorites this week (just like the Denver Broncos) and proved that, becoming the first franchise to reach three wins and no loss this season.
Carolina’s defense had no difficulty stopping Houston’s offense, led by the rookie quarterback Davis Mills, with 168 passing yards, one touchdown pass, 28 attempt passes, and 19 completions.
The quarterback Sam Darnold had 304 passing yards, 34 attempts pass, and 23 completions from the Panthers. He also ran for two touchdowns.
With another win, the Panther completed three streak wins in the regular season and was the first franchise to have this number this season. The last time Carolina had 3 – 0 was in 2015 when the franchise went to the Super Bowl and lost for the Broncos, from Peyton Manning.
Take a look at all the games from the third week:
- Thursday, 23
- Panthers 24 @ 9 Texans
- Sunday, 26
- Colts @ Titans
- Falcons @ Giants
- Chargers @ Chiefs
- Bengals @ Steelers
- Bears @ Browns
- Ravens @ Lions
- Saints @ Patriots
- Cardinals @ Jaguars
- Washington @ Bills
- Jets @ Broncos
- Dolphins @ Raiders
- Seahawks @ Vikings
- Buccaneers @ Rams
- Packers @ 49ers
- Monday, 27
- Eagles @ Cowboys