Carolina gets a win over the Texans, but lose their superstar with a hamstring injury, 24-9
Carolina- Despite a 3-0 start, the Panthers may-be without their running back Christian McCaffrey for a few weeks, after he injured himself on a non-contact play.
With the roar of analysts riding the back of the Carolina Panthers with their 2-0 start, Carolina needed to prove that they could get a win against a decent team on Prime Time Television. They got a shot to do just that against a broken and dismantled Houston Texans team, who just lost Tyrod Taylor for a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury.
Carolina struck gold first with a six-yard touchdown keeper in the first by Sam Darnold, which was his second rushing touchdown of the season. No big plays were made after the touchdown until the Panthers went for it on fourth and one at the 15-yard line of the Texans and did not convert the down. Not much offense was displayed the rest of the half and the Panthers walked into the half clinging onto a one point lead, 7-6.
Key Note: Christian McCaffrey left the game in the second with a hamstring injury.
Without McCaffrey in the line-up, the Panthers struggled to get anything going on their two possessions in the second half. However, Carolina put together a 9 play, 91 yard drive that resulted in a red-zone touchdown to extend their lead 14-6 late in the third. After knocking down a field goal to go up 17-6 early in the fourth, Houston decided to make things sort of appealing.
Houston kicked a field goal to make it a one possession game midway in the quarter, but the Panthers ended any type of hope of a comeback. Converting on a much needed third down conversion, the Panthers marched right down the field and scored a touchdown to close the casket on the Texan's hope of a comeback.
Even though the Panthers went onto win the game, they lost two key players. McCaffrey may be out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury and CB Jaycee Horn suffered a broken foot.