- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

HOUSTON (0-1) at CAROLINA (1-0)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE - Panthers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD -Texans 0-1, Panthers 1-0

SERIES RECORD -Texans lead series 2-1



LAST MEETING - Panthers beat Texans 28-13, Dec. 18, 2011

LAST WEEK - Texans lost to Chiefs 27-20; Panthers beat Jaguars 20-9

AP PRO32 RANKING - Texans No. 26, Panthers No. 16

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8t), RUSH (16), PASS (7)

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (16), PASS (19t)

PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (12t), PASS (30t)

PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (15), PASS (5)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Texans coach Bill O’Brien chose Ryan Mallett over last week’s starter, Brian Hoyer, at QB. … RB Alfred Blue has 359 yards from scrimmage in four career starts. … WR DeAndre Hopkins had six nine catches for 98 yards and two TDs vs. Chiefs in Week 1. … In past six games, DE J.J. Watt has 13 sacks, two forced fumbles, a safety and a TD catch. Watt had six tackles for a loss and two sacks vs. Chiefs. … Texans have 10 first-round picks on roster. … Panthers looking to start 2-0 for second straight year. … Panthers’ leading tackler LB Luke Kuechly suffered concussion vs. Jaguars, leaving status unclear for Sunday. If Kuechly doesn’t play, A.J. Klein starts at MLB and rookie Shaq Thompson starts at SLB. … Carolina had three drops against Jacksonville, two by WR Ted Ginn Jr. … RB Jonathan Stewart averaging 91.9 yards rushing in past eight games. Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula expects Stewart to average about 18 carries per game. … DE Charles Johnson has fifth-most sacks (53 ½) in NFL since 2010. … CB Josh Norman had INT return for TD, forced fumble and fumble recovery in Week 1. … Nine Panthers caught passes in Week 1. … K Graham Gano missed 53-yard FG and had 43-yard FG blocked vs. Jacksonville.

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