Jan 3, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals in the 2014 NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
Texans vs. Panthers, September 20th
The Texans have the (likely) unwanted privilege of facing all teams from the NFC South this year. Although this division was not great by any means this past season, they still have a feel to them that comes off as a bit scary.
Playing the Panthers this early on in the year can be a huge game for many reasons. For starters, Cam Newton is a great young quarterback, and although the Texans’ defense is great, he can work his way through that.
Secondly, if the Texans can not prepare themselves well enough to win this game, or keep up, they could get blown out. Getting blown out this early in the season would set them up poorly for a successful run, and could lead to a dismal morale from the team, leading potentially to more losses.
Last year overall the team did not do fantastic. There was only one game where Newton had above 300 yards, and often the rushing totals were limited to below 100 yards in any given game. The Panthers are likely motivated though, based on their poor performances from last year, and ready to strike back. Keeping Newton contained in the pocket would be nice, and getting a few sacks could be the momentum switch for this game.
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