Houston Texans (0-1) at Carolina Panthers (1-0)
The Panthers are favored by a field goal here, but the public is actually on the Texans. I love fading the public whenever it makes sense, especially when the public is on an underdog. The public always loses money in the long run and whenever the public thinks one team is going to win and the odds makers think another team is going to win, you usually want to go with the odds makers. The reason the Panthers are favored is because they’ll be without star middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, who is missing the first game of his career after playing the first 49 games, thanks to a concussion. They’ll likely also be without defensive tackle Star Lotulelei for the 2nd straight week with a foot problem.
The Texans aren’t exactly healthy either though, as running back Arian Foster, left tackle Duane Brown, and left guard Xavier Su’a-Filo are all expected out. The Texans’ defense is healthy and will get an added boost this week as Jadeveon Clowney is expected to get his snap limit lifted, after knee surgery limited him to 30 of 70 defensive snaps week 1. The 2014 1st overall pick looked good in limited action last week. However, the Texans’ offense is a mess, with little talent at quarterback and running back, a banged up offensive line, and no #2 receiving threat behind DeAndre Hopkins. I’m not confident, but I’m going with the favorite here.
Carolina Panthers 17 Houston Texans 13
Pick against the spread: Carolina -3