Carolina Panthers vs. Houston Texans Prop Bets – NFL Week 3 Props

Carolina Panthers vs. Houston Texans Prop Bets – NFL Week 3 Props

That didn’t take long for the NFL to put bad matchups back on Thursday Night Football. After the season opener between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we had the New York Giants and Washington Football Team last week. Don’t get too excited, but the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans are scheduled for this Thursday night.

I shouldn’t say that because the Panthers could be a pretty good team this season. They have a team littered with underrated talent. Everyone knows Christian McCaffrey, but a talented wide receiver like D.J. Moore doesn’t get the most attention in the Panthers’ offense. Robby Anderson is an underrated receiver that was in a bad situation in New York. There’s talent to work with here.

Speaking of underrated talent that was buried in New York. Sam Darnold looks like a new quarterback in Carolina with the Panthers. I was never one to criticize Darnold in New York. How can you on that bad team with no protection? Darnold could have been better. He wasn’t perfect, though the Jets had something to do with him failing to develop into a good enough starting quarterback.

The Texans go into Week 3 with a record of 1-1 following a 37-21 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, an upset, and then covered the spread in a 31-21 loss versus the Texans last week. The Texans aren’t going to the playoffs, but I will give them credit for looking better than their preseason expectations. Most NFL sportsbooks had them going last in the league according to the odds. Head below for our free Panthers vs. Texans prop bets for September 23, 2021.

Christian McCaffrey Total Receiving Yards

The following odds are courtesy of BetUS

Christian McCaffrey was the first overall pick in the vast majority of fantasy drafts for a good reason. The guy who many consider the best running back in the NFL is off to a good start.

McCaffrey can do everything out of the backfield. Don’t be surprised if the Panthers have something in their playbook for a halfback pass. He can do everything else.

McCaffrey is off to a decent start with 170 yards and a touchdown on 3.8 yards per carry. He has the talent to go for more than 3.8 yards per carry, so I like to believe that’s going to tick up closer to 5 yards per carry.

Taking handoffs isn’t the only thing that McCaffrey does well. He’s more than a running back. McCaffrey can just as easily turn into a dominant receiver for the Panthers. In 2019, he had over 1,000 receiving yards. Through the first two weeks, McCaffrey has 14 receptions for 154 yards on 11 yards per catch.

He had 9 receptions for 89 yards in the season opener against the Jets, and then followed up with 5 receptions for 65 yards last week. Against a shaky Texans’ defense, this number looks much too low on McCaffrey.

Christian McCaffrey Receiving Yards
OVER 53.5

Dan Arnold Total Receiving Yards

The following odds are courtesy of BetUS

Darn Arnold came up big for the Panthers in their 26-7 win over the Saints. The tight end had 3 receptions for 55 yards on 18.3 yards per reception.

Arnold was acquired after a promising campaign with the Arizona Cardinals last week. In his best season since entering the league in 2018, Arnold had 31 receptions for 438 yards and 4 touchdowns.

His previous career-high was as a rookie in 2018 with 150 yards and a touchdown, so Arnold took a huge step up last year. Darnold has been looking his way and Arnold has been answering.

Quarterbacks with a new team need a feeling out process to find their favorite targets. If Darnold continues to feel confident in Arnold, he will continue to see opportunities. At just 20.5 yards, Arnold should have a chance to grab at least 21 yards.

Dan Arnold Receiving Yards
OVER 20.5

Brandin Cooks Total Receiving Yards

The following odds are courtesy of BetUS

The Texans may not be a great team, but this team roster isn’t without any talent at all. Tyrod Taylor won a quarterback battle against Justin Herbert last year before a doctor didn’t know what he was doing. Taylor was injured with a punctured lung from a misplaced needle, which gave the job to the rookie by default.

I’m not saying he’s some kind of elite quarterback, but he’s serviceable enough to have a starting job. On the IR as of Wednesday, so much for that, though. His favorite target has overwhelmingly been receiver Brandin Cooks. We’ll see if rookie Davis Mills can quickly get going.

Cooks is coming off a sneaky 1,1500-yard season. Playing on a bad team didn’t afford him the most attention in the public eye, but Cooks earned his pay. He was only a handful of yards away from breaking his career-high from 2016 with the Saints.

Deshaun Watson isn’t on the field, though he’s still gotten into a rhythm in 2021. Cooks was targeted 14 times this past week against the Browns. He finished with 9 receptions and 78 yards, a week after he went for 5 receptions and 132 yards versus the Jags. Expect Mills to look to the most reliable receiver for help often. 68.5 yards looks too short in my view.

Brandin Cooks Receiving Yards
OVER 68.5
Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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