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NFL matchups for Week 2 (times EDT):
Sunday, Sept. 16
HOUSTON (1-0) At CAROLINA (1-0)
1 p.m., CBS
OPENING LINE - Panthers by 6.
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Texans 1-0; Panthers 1-0.
SERIES RECORD - Texans lead 1-0.
LAST MEETING - Texans 14, Panthers 10, Nov. 2, 2003 at Houston.
LAST WEEK - Texans beat Chiefs 20-3; Panthers beat Rams 27-13.
TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (14), PASS (11)
TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (6T), PASS (6)
PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (4), PASS (13)
PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (8), PASS (8)
e since 1967. ... SS Jason Simmons (left knee) is out for season. Von Hutchins will start and Michael Boulware, acquired recently from Seattle, will eventually fill that spot. ... DE N.D. Kalu cracked bones in his hand and returned to the game. His play could be limited this week. ... Carolina had its first opening day win since 2003. Panthers have had only one 2-0 start (2003) in their 12-year existence. ... QB Jake Delhomme hit his first seven passes and finished 18-for-27 for 201 yards and 3 TDs and no INTs. Delhomme is 4-1 with 7 TDs in last five games vs. the AFC. ... WR Steve Smith caught seven passes for 118 yards and a TD against St. Louis. Smith has 19 career 100-yard receiving games. ... RB DeShaun Foster rushed for 94 yards (5.5 average) last week. ... Panthers rushed for 186 yards, an improvement for last year's 24th-ranked rushing offense. ... Backup QB David Carr was a five-year starter in Houston.
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