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Betting Predictions For Texans Panthers - Two Teams On The Rise Meet This Weekend In Charlotte

Posted by Tony Bryant on 8/7/2012 6:23:59 PM

The Houston Texans could be the next big thing in the American Football Conference. The Carolina Panthers are going to be better than they were in 2011. Get ready for an intriguing tilt.

Houston Texans @ Carolina Panthers - Saturday, August 11   
Sport betting line: No line

Why Houston Will Win

The new contender in the American Football Conference according to plenty of football betting experts is the Houston Texans. Houston will have a chance to field a particularly explosive offense this season. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison doesn't have to be brilliant with the athletes on his side of the ball.  Arian Foster, arguably the most imposing running back in the NFL at this point, just needs to get his touches. That's not complicated. Andre Johnson, a big-time wide receiver who was injured for much of last season, and quarterback Matt Schaub form one of the top pitch-and-catch combos around.

If Dennison allows his players to perform, there's no reason the Texans can't intimidate opposing defenses in the AFC. This team has a shot at the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. Houston will want to show the NFL what it can do. The desire to reach the next level will lend a certain degree of passion to the Texans in the sometimes-sleepy world of the NFL preseason.

Why Carolina Will Win

When looking at the Panthers, don't think that they have to engage in sleight of hand or trick their opponents. Don't think that this team has to be clever in the same way that one must try to bluff an opponent in a night full of poker games. The Panthers know they have a special signal caller who can lead them to a playoff berth if everything breaks right. Cameron Newton, the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn, committed plenty of turnovers in his rookie season, but the much-hyped signal caller delivered a generally impressive campaign. Newton's athleticism is so imposing that he can keep opposing defenses on their heels.

Newton is formidable as a runner and a passer, gifted with a full toolbox of skills and the ability to put them to full effect. Carolina's offense became legitimately dangerous as the 2011 season unfolded. The turnovers were a concern, but if they can be weeded out in this, Newton's second full NFL season, a playoff berth is possible… not likely, mind you, but certainly possible. It's true that young NFL quarterbacks generally struggle, but Newton appears to be a very quick study. Moreover, his athletic gifts will be able to get him out of trouble on many broken plays.

If Newton gains a finer grasp of the decision-making process, specifically when to throw the ball away and when to tuck the ball away on running plays, Carolina could field a lethally effective offense. Newton should get at least a quarter of action in this game, and his eagerness to succeed should greatly aid the Panthers on this night in this situation.

Who Will Win

The need for Cameron Newton to get snaps at quarterback means that he's likely to play at least one full quarter, probably 20 minutes. When good players play for longer stretches in preseason games, their teams generally win. Take Carolina for this very reason.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Carolina


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