HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 23: Royce Freeman #32 of the Carolina Panthers comes up just short of the goal line during a fourth quarter run against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on September 23, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

With a convincing win last night in primetime, the Carolina Panthers are off to a 3-0 start. The Panthers got off to a quick 7-0 lead against the Texans and have yet to be trailing in any game so far this year. Now I’ll be honest I went into this season with zero expectations. But things are starting to excite me now. The one downside to the game was injuries. Superstar running back Christian McCaffrey left the game with a hamstring injury and first-round draft pick Jaycee Horn had to be helped off the field in the third quarter. Former NC State standout Justin Burris also left the game with an injury. Thanks to the Thursday night game the team has a long week before the Panthers travel back to Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday. That time will be needed to hopefully rest and recover.

Despite the injuries there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the season. Sam Darnold has provided a spark to an offense that’s struggled in recent years. And the defense is as good as any in the NFL. Check out some of the highlights from the Panthers win against the Texans below:

Gallery: Carolina Panthers Off To A 3-0 Start