CHARLOTTE — The Carolina Panthers beat the Houston Texans 15-13, breaking their six-game losing streak and getting their first win of the season.
Three straight power runs from running back Chuba Hubbard secured a first down, forcing Houston to use all of its timeouts. The Panthers were able to burn enough time to set up a game-winning 23-yard field goal from kicker Eddy Piñeiro.
Carolina’s defense put continuous pressure on the Texans, stopping them from consistently running the ball. Hubbard got off to a strong start with 15 carries for 28 yards, with Miles Sanders and Raheem Blackshear pulling the rest of the weight.
Injuries still plagued the Panthers’ defense. Outside linebacker Justin Houston was taken out of the game with a hamstring injury and did not rejoin.
The team was already stretched thin considering another outside linebacker, Yetur Gross-Matos was placed on injury reserve this week, and a new pickup linebacker, Luiji Vlain, is currently inactive. Those absences left Brian Burns, DJ Johnson, and Amare Barno to help secure Sunday’s win.
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