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NFL Preseason Week 1 Free Pick- Houston at Carolina

Carolina Panthers NFL Preseason Football

NFL Preseason Brings QB Questions for Texans

The Houston Texans kickoff the first full week of action in the NFL preseason with a road game against the Carolina Panthers. The Wednesday night game is the featured matchup on the NFL Network. BetAnySports opened the Panthers as three-point favorites. The total was opened at 36. After a couple of weeks of betting, the line now has the Panthers as 1-point favorites. The total is now up to 38.

The big question for Houston heading into this preseason opener is which quarterback on its current roster will line up under center. Early September is when the games start counting for real, and it is not far away. The Texans drafted former Clemson standout Deshaun Watson with the 12th overall pick in the 2017 draft. He may have to wait a bit to take his place as the team’s quarterback of the future. Tom Savage is still holding the top spot on the depth chart. Houston also has quarterback Brandon Weeden on its roster.

The Texans have been able to win the AFC South Division the last two years. They won it with a record of 9-7 both seasons. Their projected win total this season has been set at 8.5. Moneyline odds set at -110 for both the UNDER and the OVER. Houston is a slight +200 favorite to win this division again in 2017. They are followed by Indianapolis with +220 betting odds. Last year the Texans went 2-8 against the spread when closing as an underdog.

Panthers Look to Improve During NFL Preseason

Carolina slipped all the way to 6-10 last season after making a run all the way to the Super Bowl back in 2015 after going 15-1 straight-up in the regular season. The Panthers were 6-8-2 ATS overall in 2016 and they went 3-4-1 ATS on their home field. Their projected win total for this season stands at nine games with the betting odds slightly favoring the OVER at -115. Carolina’s betting odds to win the NFC South are set at +225 as the second favorite behind Atlanta (+155).

There is no quarterback controversy in Carolina with a healthy Cam Newton back under center, but it remains to be seen how much action he will see on Wednesday night. Panthers’ fans will be more interested in watching first round pick Christian McCaffrey run the ball in an effort to take some of the pressure off Newton as the center piece of this offense.

I would lay the one-point with BetAnySports in this game and take Carolina. While the actual results do not count in the standings, I get the feeling that the Panthers would like get things started on a winning note after a very disappointing 2016 campaign.

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Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Houston10-87-10-117.8920.89-35-3-12-78-104-54-5
Carolina6-106-8-223.0625.12-2.063-4-13-4-18-83-55-3
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
HOU17.4314.373.06
CAR14.914.320.59
 
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
HOU9.1810.26-1.08
CAR12.0410.491.55
Yards Per Rush
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
HOU3.993.950.04
CAR4.003.900.1
Team Records
Houston Texans
NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall10-88-12-77-10-15-3-12-717.8920.89-3.00
vs Conf8-66-12-55-8-13-3-12-518.0721.21-3.14
vs Div5-13-02-13-2-11-1-12-122.8320.832.00
Last 31-21-00-21-21-00-220.0024.00-4.00

Carolina Panthers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall6-104-42-66-8-23-4-13-4-123.0625.13-2.07
vs Conf5-73-32-44-6-22-3-12-3-122.6725.83-3.16
vs Div1-51-20-31-4-10-2-11-223.3329.33-6.00
Last 31-20-11-12-10-12-019.3321.67-2.34
Supergrid
TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense17.892825.1326
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense169.1132226.6311
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense119.00783.507
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense23.061520.8912
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense223.0024214.224
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense119.009108.4412
Head To Head Summary
NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
Houston2-22-21-319.50112.003.9333.7558.52205.75317.751.25
Carolina2-22-21-320.75144.504.8231.2557.60202.00346.501.25

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Sep 20, 2015HOUCAR17-246123930011721783501
Dec 18, 2011CARHOU28-1316615031601502083583
Sep 16, 2007HOUCAR34-211192273461662873533
Nov 2, 2003CARHOU10-1417419336711181492670
Betting Odds Trends
Team Last 5 Games
Houston Texans
DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Jan 14, 2017NE16-34L16.5/44L/O104181285982793770A
Jan 7, 2017OAK27-14W-4/37.5W/O12316829164139203-3H
Jan 1, 2017TEN17-24L3/41.5L/U462432891051332380A
Dec 24, 2016CIN12-10W-3/41L/U9515525050244294-1H
Dec 18, 2016JAC21-20W-3.5/39L/O7930838767831501H

Carolina Panthers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Jan 1, 2017TB16-17L3/44.5W/U1282073351121883001A
Dec 24, 2016ATL16-33L3/48.5L/O1191833021522564082H
Dec 19, 2016WAS26-15W7/50.5W/U14829043829306335-3A
Dec 11, 2016LAC28-16W-1/48.5W/U12614627258220278-4H
Dec 4, 2016SEA7-40L9/44L/O891822712402945341A

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