Panthers vs. Texans NFL Game Capsule

CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-9) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (10-3)

SERIES

PANTHERS

TEXANS

SERIES LEADER

2-0

STREAKS

2-0

COACHES VS. OPP.

Rivera: 0-0

Kubiak: 1-0

LAST WEEK

L 31-23 vs. Falcons

W 20-19 at Bengals

LAST GAME

9/16/07: Texans 34 at Panthers 21. Houston WR Andre Johnson has 7 catches for 120 yards & 2 TDs as Texans score 31 unanswered points in win.

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/2/03: Texans 14, Panthers 10. Houston RB Stacey Mack (1-yard run) & TE Billy Miller (20-yard catch) score 2nd-half TDs as Texans defeat Carolina in 1st-ever meeting.

BROADCAST

FOX (12:00 PM CT): Ron Pitts, Jim Mora, Drea Avent (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 136 (Car.), 113 (Hou.). XM: 231 (Hou.).

STATS

PASSING

Newton (R): 270-452-3,573-15-16-81.1

Yates (R): 46-84-558-3-1-82.3

RUSHING

D. Williams: 126-656-5.4-4

Foster: 239-957 (3C)-4.0-8 (T2C)

RECEIVING

S. Smith: 67-1,217 (1C)-18.2-5

Daniels (TE): 51-644-12.6-3

OFFENSE

399.0

378.9 (3C)

TAKE/GIVE

-5

+10 (1C)

DEFENSE

365.4

274.9 (1L)

SACKS

Johnson: 9

Barwin: 9.5

INTs

Gamble, Martin: 3

Allen, Joseph: 4 (T3C)

PUNTING

Baker: 41.7

Turk: 40.5

KICKING

Mare: 89 (32/33 PAT; 19/25 FG)

Rackers: 108 (3C) (36/37 PAT; 24/29 FG)

Notes after the jump

PANTHERS:

Offense averaging 399 yards per game (258.4 last year) & 259.9 pass yards per game (143.1)...

  • QB CAM NEWTONhas 28 total TDs (15 pass, 13 rush), most by rookie QB inNFLhistory. Has 13 rush TDs, most all-time in season by QB. Has passed for 3,573 yards & is 3rd rookie to pass for 3,500 yards (PEYTON MANNING&SAM BRADFORD)...
  • RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMShad 74-yard rush TD last week.
  • WhenRB JONATHAN STEWARThas rush TD, Panthers are 17-4 (.810)...
  • WR STEVE SMITHleads NFC with 1,217 rec. yards. Reached 10,000-yard mark for career last week (10,101). In last meeting, had 8 catches for 153 yards (19.1 avg.) & tied career-high with 3 TDs. In 2 career games vs. Hou., has 13 catches for 241 yards (120.5 per game) & 4 TDs.
  • RookieWR-KR KEALOHA PILARESis 3rd in NFC with 27.1 KR avg.
  • TE GREG OLSENhad TD catch in only game vs. Hou. (12/28/08 with Chi.)...
  • DE CHARLES JOHNSONhas 17 sacks in past 20. Has 7.5 sacks in past 7 vs. AFC.
  • CB CHRIS GAMBLEaims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with INT...

TEXANS:

  • Clinched team's 1st division title & playoff berth in franchise history...Texans have won 7 straight games, longest win streak in AFC...
  • RookieQBT.J. YATES(5th round, No. 152) passed for career-best 300 yards with 2 TDs last week, incl. game-winning 6-yard TD pass toWR KEVIN WALTER.Yates is 2-0 as starter...
  • RB ARIAN FOSTER(957) needs 43 rush yards to reach 1,000 for 2nd consecutive season (1,616 in '10). Since '10, Foster hasNFL-best 24 rush TDs. Foster is averaging 97.5 rush yards per game vs. NFC in '11 (48 att., 195 yards).
  • Foster (957) &RB BEN TATE(820) are onlyNFLRB duo with 800+ rush yards apiece in '11.
  • WR ANDRE JOHNSONhad 7 catches for 120 yards with 2 TD in last game vs. Car...
  • TE OWEN DANIELShad season-best 100 receiving yards last week & registered 4th 100-yard receiving game of career.
  • TE JOEL DREESSENaims for 4th straight game with TD catch...Hou. (36) needs 2 sacks to surpass franchise record of 37 in '05...
  • LB CONNOR BARWINhas 7.5 sacks in past 5.
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