Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Jonathan Grimes (41) runs with the ball as Kansas City Chiefs free safety Husain Abdullah (39) defends during the game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Game: Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers
Prediction: Heading into Carolina won’t be an easy task no matter who the quarterback is. Although Brian Hoyer looked awful at first glance in the home opener, he might deserve a second chance to build trust with the starting lineup. After rewatching the Texans game, Brian Hoyer did not look as bad as I originally thought. The offensive line was brutal (especially Jeff Adams at left guard), the wide receivers dropped some passes, the Alfred Blue struggled (once again, look at his career numbers) and the team seemed insanely flat and out of rhythm.
Carolina could be without Luke Keuchly due to a concussion, but the Panthers remain a top defensive unit. The Texans will need to improve on the offensive line and the running game needs to be much better to have a shot.
I predict Jonathan Grimes to receive more looks because he is the best pass catching back out of the current trio. Grimes can relieve pressure for Mallett with quick dump offs and check downs. DeAndre Hopkins will need to be just as involved in order to give this O a spark.
I doubt a spark is lit in Carolina. I think the offense struggles all around. This is a tough draw on the road even with a stable quarterback. If the offense doesn’t improve, not just the QB, the Texans will be in a tough spot to win any games without Arian Foster.
Final score: Houston Texans 14, Carolina Panthers 17
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