Houston Texans: 3 Bold Predictions vs. Carolina Panthers

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans runs the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans runs the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images) /
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans is hoisted up by Greg Mancz #65 after throwing for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. The Texans defeated the Chargers 27-20. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 22: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans is hoisted up by Greg Mancz #65 after throwing for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. The Texans defeated the Chargers 27-20. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) /

1. The o-line will keep the sacks at zero

This will finally be the week all of us have been waiting for, and that is the week where quarterback Deshaun Watson will be sacked less than two times for the first time this season, and for the first time since Oct. 25, 2018 against the Miami Dolphins.

If — no, when — this happens, it will be for just the second time in his career that he’s not been sacked in a game. That said, all the stars will have to align with Watson not holding onto the football for an extended period of time, and the offensive line having another week like last Sunday, but even better than how the unit played against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Watson has already been sacked 12 times this season, with half of those sacks coming in Week 1. Since then, the sack numbers have gone to four and then to two, so the next logical step is none this weekend.

That said, the Panthers as a team have 12 sacks total in the first three games, with Mario Addison leading the team with 3.5 sacks, while Christian Miller and Brian Burns each have two sacks this season.

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Like every week, for the sacks to keep getting less and less each game, the overall pass protection has to keep improving, and the awareness of Watson will have to be the best yet with the Panthers waiting for him this Sunday.

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