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Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers

Many people who will take the Carolina Panthers as 8-point favorites at BetMGM on Thursday night will do so because of the Houston Texans' quarterback situation.

Tyrod Taylor is out. Davis Mills, a third-round pick this year, will start for Houston. That puts the Texans at a severe disadvantage, especially with how well Taylor had been playing.

But the bet on Carolina should also be because of how well the Panthers have looked.

Every year we get surprise playoff teams from practically nowhere, and maybe the Panthers are one for this season. They have had two promising games to start the season. The defense in particular has looked great, and it will make life very difficult on Mills. The offense, full of skill-position stars, has been good with Sam Darnold at the helm. The Panthers embarrassed the New Orleans Saints in Week 2, holding them to six first downs. The final score would have been more lopsided had the Panthers kept their foot on the gas in the second half. They didn't need to.

The Panthers will be on display Thursday night in an otherwise nondescript prime-time game. Maybe the Panthers struggle in their first road game and we cool off the enthusiasm. But it's also possible they'll get a lot more buzz after Thursday night. The Panthers are currently +130 to make the playoffs at BetMGM. They might just do it.

How about some prop bets?

Houston's defense has not looked great, so some Panthers overs are in play: Christian McCaffrey over 45.5 receiving yards, and Robby Anderson over 43.5 receiving yards (the Panthers will want to get him involved in a soft matchup). Davis Mills over 0.5 interceptions is -200 odds, but that seems like a solid bet. So is under 218.5 passing yards against that defense, though there could be a lot of garbage time if the Panthers get up early.

We wouldn't necessarily jump on the under 43 just because Mills is unproven. If he struggles, that could mean a lot of short fields for the Panthers and some easy points. I'm not keen on the over either, but just beware of thinking the under is a lock.

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