3 most winnable games for the Carolina Panthers in 2021

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Carolina Panthers vs. Houston Texans

NFL fans will get another weekend of football this season after owners approved a 17-game format for the first time. As fortune would have it for the Carolina Panthers, it adds a highly winnable contest to the schedule against a team that is expected to be one of the worst in 2021.

The Houston Texans have gone through some extreme trials and tribulations this offseason. Much of it has centered on star quarterback Deshaun Watson, who handed in a trade request that resulted in the Panthers and others across the league picking up the phone quickly to make astronomical offers for the league’s passing leader in 2020.

These calls were not well received by the Texans. But considering the legal complications currently enveloping Watson, there is some real doubt as to whether he’ll be able to play next season even if he wants to.

The new regime has gone through a complete roster overhaul in a bid to turn around their fortunes sooner rather than later. This also saw All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt leave for pastures new following his release.

It’s going to be a work in progress for the Texans whether Watson is playing or not. Of all Carolina’s games in 2021, this is probably the most winnable and one they would be disappointed not to come away successful from when it’s all said and done.