Carolina’s defense leads the NFL in total yards, passing yards, rushing yards, average points allowed, as well as sacks (10)
HOUSTON – The Carolina panthers face a rookie quarterback making his first start of NFL for the second time in three games this Thursday night against Davis mills and the Houston Texans.
Carolina (2-0) opened the season with a 19-14 win over the New York Jets at the debut of Zach Wilson, second overall pick in this year’s draft.
Now, they will meet Mills, a third-round draft pick who is playing for the Texans (1-1) indefinitely after Tyrod taylor injured his hamstring last weekend, being placed on injured reserve.
Mills threw for 102 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the second half of a loss to the Cleveland browns, after injury to Taylor.
Carolina once intercepted a Wilson and he captured it six times in the season opener. But, this defense was tough not just against the rookie. The Panthers performed even better against Jameis winston and the New Orleans Saints. Carolina He intercepted him twice and sacked four in a 26-7 win a week after the seven-season veteran threw five touchdown passes.
“I would not lie. Now, we are exceeding where I thought we would be, and it is surprising to me “, admitted the outside linebacker of Carolina, Haason reddick. “But, it is a testament to the work we have put in during training camp and organized team activities. Getting here, getting together, getting to know each other, connecting with each other and all simply committing to a goal out there ”.
The defensive of Carolina lead the NFL in total yards (190), passing yards (143.5), rushing yards (46.5), points (10.5) allowed on average, as well as in sacks (10).
The offensive coordinator of Houston, Tim Kelly, he interrupted a reporter before he could finish asking about the unit.
“They are fast,” he said. “They are fast and run towards the ball. At all levels, they have guys who can fly … you feel their team speed when you watch them play. “
TO Kelly you like the progress you have enjoyed Mills since joining the team, and he expects further improvement this week after training with the first unit.
“Davis he has done a great job since he arrived here and has put himself in a position to go out there and we hope he will have a smooth transition, “he explained. Kelly. “We are going to continue to do what we can to make sure we put it in a situation where it can be successful.”