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Action going one way for Thursday’s Panthers-Texans game

Sportsbooks aren’t finding many takers for the Houston Texans on Thursday.

The Carolina Panthers have steadily risen to consensus 8-point favorites for Thursday’s NFL game in Houston after the line opened at 7 earlier in the week.

Boyd Gaming was at Carolina -7½ (-120), and the Golden Nugget was at Carolina -8½ on Thursday afternoon.

Rookie Davis Mills will start at quarterback for the Texans after Tyrod Taylor was injured in last week’s 31-21 loss to Cleveland.

Red Rock Resort sportsbook director Chuck Esposito said the book was facing “clearly one-sided action,” with 75 percent of the tickets on the Panthers.

“We’re rooting for Davis Mills and the Texans tonight,” Esposito said via text message.

The Panthers have started 2-0, including a 26-7 whipping of New Orleans last week as 3½-point underdogs.

“Panthers lead the league in sacks through two weeks and QB pressures,” Esposito said.

The Texans (1-1) beat Jacksonville 37-21 in the opener before the loss to the Browns last week.

The total was 43 everywhere except Boyd Gaming, which was at 43½ (under -115).

Totals are 6-0 to the over in NFL prime-time games so far this season.

Contact Jim Barnes at [email protected] or 702-383-0277. Follow @JimBarnesLV on Twitter.

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