Texans vs Panthers NFL Week Two Capsule

HOUSTON TEXANS (0-1) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-0)

SERIES

TEXANS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER 2-1
STREAKS 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Bill O’Brien: 0-0 Ron Rivera: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 27-20 vs. Chiefs W 20-9 at Jaguars
LAST GAME 12/18/11: Panthers 28 at Texans 13. Carolina WR Steve Smith, Sr. has 5 catches for 82 yards & TD. Panthers QB Cam Newton throws for 149 yards & 2 TDs (105.2 passer rating.)
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/16/07: Texans 34, Panthers 21. Houston WR Andre Johnson has 7 catches for 120 yards & 2 TDs. Carolina WR Steve Smith, Sr. has 153 rec. yards & 3 TDs.
REFEREE Clete Blakeman
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 136 (Hou.), 126 (Car.). XM: 233 (Car.).

STATS

PASSING Hoyer: 18-34-236-1-1-72.7 OR

Mallett: 8-13-98-1-0-110.4

Newton: 18-31-175-1-1-71.3
RUSHING Blue: 9-42-4.7-0 Stewart: 18-56-3.1-0
RECEIVING Hopkins: 9 (T3C)-98-10.9-2 (T2L) Cotchery: 4-45-11.3-1
OFFENSE 396.0 (T3C) 263.0
TAKE/GIVE -2 +2 (T2C)
DEFENSE 330.0 265.0 (3C)
SACKS Watt: 2 (T1L) Addison: 2 (T1L)
INTs Norman: 1 (T1L)
PUNTING Lechler: 47.0 Nortman: 44.8
KICKING Bullock: 6 (0/1 PAT; 2/2 FG) Gano: 8 (2/2 PAT; 2/4 FG)

NOTES

TEXANS: QB BRIAN HOYER threw career-long 81-yard TD pass in last meeting (12/21/14 with Cle.). QB RYAN MALLETT completed 8 of 13 (61.5 percent) for 98 yards & 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 110.4 rating last week…In 4 career starts, RB ALFRED BLUE has 359 scrimmage yards (322 rush, 37 rec., 89.8 per game)…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS tied career-high with 9 catches & had 98 rec. yards & 2 TDs last week. In past 4 vs. NFC, has 22 catches for 383 yards (95.8 per game) & 2 TDs. WR NATE WASHINGTON led team with 105 rec. yards on 5 catches (17.5 avg.) in Hou. debut.

WR CECIL SHORTS III had 4 catches for 57 yards in Texans debut…In past 6, J.J. WATT has 13 sacks, 2 FF, FR, safety & TD catch, incl. 2 sacks vs. KC. Since 2011, leads NFL with 59 sacks. LB BRIAN CUSHING led team with 10 tackles last week. Since 2006, CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH has 5 INT-TDs, tied for most in AFC…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON won only start vs. Hou. & had 105.2 rating with 2 TDs & 0 INTs. Has won 4 of past 5 at home vs. AFC…In past 8 (incl. playoffs), RB JONATHAN STEWART has 735 rush yards (91.9 per game)…TE GREG OLSEN is only TE in NFL with 5+ rec. TDs in every season since 2008. WR JERRICHO COTCHERY had TD catch last week…Since entering in 2012, LB LUKE KUECHLY leads NFL with 480 tackles. LB THOMAS DAVIS started 100th game last week. Had 7 tackles, sack & INT. CB JOSH NORMAN had 30-yard INT-TD, FF & FR in Week 1. Since 2010, DE CHARLES JOHNSON is only NFC player with 50+ sacks (53.5) & 13+ FFs (13). Aims for 4th in row vs. AFC with sack. Since entering in 2003, CB CHARLES TILLMAN is only player with 35+ INTs (36) & 40+ FFs (42). Since 2006, S ROMAN HARPER is only DB with 15+ sacks (18), 15+ FFs (15) & 10+ INTs (11). DE MARIO ADDISON had 2 sacks last week.


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