A good matchup of 1-0 teams on Sunday when the Houston Texans face the Carolina Panthers. The Texans are riding a three-game winnning streak that dates back to Week 15 of the 1006 season, closing out that campaign with wins over the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns; the Panthers are looking to go 2-0 for only the second time in franchise history.
Houston last week gave up a total of only 219 total yards in their 20-3 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Mario Williams contributed mightily to the Texans’ cause, recording 2 sacks and taking a fumble recovery to the end zone for a touchdown. Texans QB Matt Schaub added 225 yards through the air and a TD, as well. The Panthers are coming off a 27-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams last week; the Panthers allowed only 238 total yards while holding Rams star RB Steven Jackson to only 58 rushing yards.
The Texans will most likely rely on Schaub’s arm in order to pull out the win and perhaps some assistance on special teams, as WR/KR Jacoby Jones should contribute some meaningful numbers on Sunday. The Texans offensive line will need to continue to be steady as they should see plenty of Panthers DE Julius Peppers, who should have some success. The Panthers used the passing game to their advantage last week and will probably try to do the same against the Texans secondary in what should be a real test for CB Dunta Robinson and newly acquired safety Michael Boulware. The Panthers running tandem of DeShaun Foster and DeAngelo Williams should provide a potent rushing attack against the Texans this week.
I like the Texans’ chances of pulling off the victory this week as I see Schaub having some suceess passing against the Panthers secondary and their special teams contributing, as well. Panthers QB Jake Delhomme I feel will have some difficulty with the Texans’ defensve line this week, which will be the Panthers undoing in a close Texans victory this weekend.