Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/19/11
Carolina Panthers – 28, Houston Texans – 13
In a week full of upsets, this was probably one of the least shocking.  The Panthers have been close to breaking through with wins, giving up late leads or having rallies fall just short.  This week, Cam Newton (204 total yards, 2 TDs) led the Panthers to a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish, as the Panthers were able to get both the offense and the defense rolling on the same week.  TJ Yates (227 total yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs) finally looked like the 3rd string rookie that he is, which has to concern the Texans faithful going into the playoffs.

Even though Newton only passed for 149 yards this week, Steve Smith (5-82, 1 TD) still had a good game, accounting for more than half Newton’s yardage and scoring one of his two touchdowns.  Jeremy Shockey (2-35, 1 TD) had the other touchdown, as there wasn’t much left over for the other Panthers receiving options.

This was a weak game all around for the Texans passing game, as both Owen Daniels (2-29) and Kevin Walter (2-26) were the leaders of the receivers… and when you look at those paltry numbers, you know it was a bad day for the Texans and for anyone starting pieces of the Texans passing game.

Deangelo Williams (15 car., 61 yards, 1 TD) had a big game (for him) running the ball, but had to gallop in a touchdown from 24 yards out in order to not have a score vultured by his own QB.  Jonathan Stewart (11 car., 43 yards; 2 rec., 8 yards) disappeared for the most part, as this was Williams’ week to shine.
Arian Foster (16 car., 109 yards, 1 TD; 5 rec., 58 yards) had another big game, even though the Texans were behind for most of the game.  Foster is one of those rare backs that is effective no matter what the score is, which is bound to lead fantasy teams to victory even when the Texans are losing.
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