- The Carolina Panthers have (-400) odds to beat the Houston Texans (+290).
- The Panthers have an 8-point spread in their favor for this game.
- The total points for this Thursday Night Football matchup have been set at 43 points.
HOUSTON – Week 3 of the NFL season will kick off with a Thursday Night Football matchup between the Carolina Panthers and the Houston Texans.
Regulated sports betting sites have the Carolina Panthers heavily favored to win as they have started off 2-0 so far this season while the Texans are starting to deal with some concerning injuries.
Carolina Panthers Vs. Houston Texans
- Moneyline: Panthers (-400) vs. Texans (+290)
- Spread: Panthers -8
- Total: 43 Points
Panthers Vs. Texans Moneyline
Looking at the outright winner, it is not hard to see why the Panthers’ NFL odds are heavily favored. They have gotten off to a strong start on the season and their defense has stood its ground allowing the least amount of points of any team in the NFL.
As for the Texans, they have started off with a 1-1 record and have not looked as terrible as some might’ve thought in the preseason. However, all of that is expected to change as early as this Week 3 matchup. The team has recently placed their starting quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, on the injury reserve list with a hamstring injury that leaves rookie Davis Mills as their starting quarterback for the game.
With a rookie QB under center going up against an emerging defense, an easy profit can be made betting on the Panthers.
Panthers Vs. Texans Spread
As for the spread, an 8-point line in Carolina’s favor should not be too hard for them to accomplish. Although both teams have started the season going 2-0 against the spread, the injured Texans team is going to play a role across these betting lines, which could give Houston their first ATS loss.
There are also different betting trends for both teams and how they have done against the spread. The Panthers have gone 7-0 against the spread in their last seven road games. They have also gone 4-1 against the spread after winning by 14 or more points in their previous outing. On the Texans’ side, they have gone 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Thursday Night Football appearances. They are also 1-8 ATS in their last nine games after accumulating less than 90 rushing yards last week.
Panthers Vs. Texans Game Total
In general, 43 Points is a low game total for any two teams, which makes the OVER an enticing bet to make. In each of their first two games, both teams have not had too much trouble finding the endzone. The Panthers have scored over 18 points in each of their two games this season while the Texans have gone for three or more touchdowns in each of theirs.
The Texans have hit the OVER in both of their games this season and have gone 7-3 with it in their last 10 Thursday Night games. The Panthers have yet to hit the OVER this season because their defense has held all opposing teams in check. They gave also gone 5-2 with the Over in their last seven Week 3 matchups.
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