HOUSTON - JULY 30: Quarterback Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans participates in the team's first NFL traiing camp practice of the season at Reliant Park on July 30 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Texans Vs. Panthers: Houston Defeat Carolina In Preseason Opener

The Houston Texans kick off preseason action against the Carolina Panthers on Saturday.

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Houston Texans: Grading The Win Over The Carolina Panthers

Grading each unit; Offense, Defense, and Special Teams

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Texans Vs. Panthers Final Score: Houston Defeats Carolina 26-13

The Houston Texans defense shutout the Carolina Panthers in the second half as they doubled up to win 26-13 in both teams first preseason game. At the half the Texans and Panthers were tied at 13, but in the second half it was all Texans. In the second half the Texans had a pair of field goals and a 3-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Grimes.

That touchdown drive for the Texans was a 11-play, 61 yard drive that was led by John Beck, and on that drive he completed 1-of-2 passes for 21 yards. On the day Beck completed 4-of-6 passes for 46 yards.

Rookie and former Houston Cougar quarterback Case Keenum. On that drive, Keenum completed two passes for 33 yards, rushed for nine yards and was sacked. The best quarterback on the day for the Texans was back up T.J. Yates who completed 8-of-12 passes for 89 yards, but he was unable to lead the team to a touchdown drive.

Read more on the Texans at the Battle Red Blog and head over to Cat Scratch Reader for more on the Panthers. Check out the SB Nation NFL hub page for additional news and analysis around the league.

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VIDEO: Trindon Holliday's 90-Yard Touchdown

The Houston Texans are currently leading the Carolina Panthers 16-13, and Texans wide receiver Trindon Holliday is off to a good start at his other duty of returning kicks. The Panthers tied the game at three on a 33-yard field goal by Olindo Mare. On the following kick, it was Holliday who made a great run to put the Texans back on top as he returned the kick 90 yards for a touchdown:

Holliday is having a big game returning punts and kicks, and so far he has 159 punt return yards on three attempts and another 20 on a pair of punt returns.

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Texans Vs. Panthers Halftime Score: Game Tied At 13

The Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers are all knotted up at 13 points apiece at the half. Wide receiver Trindon Holliday got the Texans first touchdown when he returned a kickoff for 90 yards. Holilday is having an impressive first half so far as he has the touchdown, but also has three kick of returns for 159 yards and a pair of punts for 20 total yards.

The Panthers were able to tie the game with a touchdown of their own at the end of the half on an eight-play 83 yard drive which was capped off with a 1-yard touchdown run by Tauren Poole.

The first team offense for the Texans did not play well in their two series as running back Arian Foster fumbled the ball on his first carry of the game, and then Matt Schaub threw a pass that was intended for Kevin Walters but it was intercepted by Jason Phillips. In Schaub's time in the game he went 3-for-6 for 52 yards.

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Texans Vs. Panthers Inactive List: Andre Johnson, Brian Cushing, Others Out Against Carolina

In the Houston Texans are taking part in their first preseason game of the 2012 NFL season when they travel to take on the Carolina Panthers. However, the Texans will be missing eight players on Saturday night.

The most notable players out are wide receiver Andre Johnson who is being held out for precautionary reasons due to a groin injury he suffered earlier in camp, and also linebacker Brian Cushing who is out due to a virus that caused him to spend two nights in the hospital. Replacing Cushing in the lineup will be Mister Alexander, and with Johnson out it will allow other wide receivers to step up.

Texans inactive list:

WR Andre Johnson
LB Brian Cushing
DE J.J. Watt
DE Jared Crick
WR Bryant Johnson
WR Jerrell Jackson
DT Ra'Shon Harris
LB Greg Williams

Panthers inactive list:

LB Jon Beason
LB Thomas Davis
CB Brandon Hogan
OG Andre Ramsey
WR Rico Wallace
WR David Gettis
G Mike Pollak

Read more on the Texans at the Battle Red Blog and head over to Cat Scratch Reader for more on the Panthers. Check out the SB Nation NFL hub page for additional news and analysis around the league.

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Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers: Five Players To Watch

Position battles and who has something to prove against Carolina

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Brian Cushing Injury Update: Texans ILB Will Not Play Against Panthers

Brian Cushing missed four practice and spent a couple of days in the hospital after suffering from a virus earlier this week. That's why you won't see him on the field when the Texans play against the Panthers on Saturday night.

It doesn't make much sense for a proven player like Cushing to play a meaningless preseason game, when the Texans are going to learn any more about him from the experience. Just to play it safe, this injury prone yet playoff bound squad is going to sit their star defensive player.

Head coach Gary Kubiak said his first string defense is likely to get in about 15 plays against Cam Newton before the rest of the guys come in to play most of the game. This is the first season, possibly since 2002, that Houston's defense is just as coveted if not more than its offense, especially considering their turn around from 2010 to 2011 under the direction of Wade Phillips.

Read more on the Texans at the Battle Red Blog and SB Nation Houston. Head over to our NFL hub page for additional news and analysis around the league.

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Texans Vs. Panthers: Houston Begins Preseason Play Against Carolina

The Houston Texans kick off preseason action against the Carolina Panthers on Saturday.

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