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Key X-factors for Texans as they face off against Panthers

HOUSTON – 1.) Protecting Watson: the sacks have lessened week by week, which is the good news. This week, the O-Line needs to protect Watson from pass rushers. 

2.) Capitalizing on Cam Newton's absence: not a knock on Houston Cougar alum Kyle Allen (who had a nice game last week,) but this is great opportunity for the Texans to build on a winning record. A less-experienced QB like Allen makes it a bit easier. 

3.) Shutting down Christian McCaffrey: he's averaging 150 yards a game, so Justin Reid will have to help cover the RB. 

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