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Atlanta Falcons Vs. Houston Texans Recap

Atlanta's Devonta Freeman ran for three touchdowns in a rout of the Texans, leading the Falcons to an easy win and a 4-0 record. Freeman gained 68 yards rushing and 81 receiving and scored on runs of 16, 23, and six yards. Backfield partner Terron Ward added 72 yards and a touchdown, while Matt Ryan threw for 256 yards. The Falcons built a 42-0 lead through three quarters. After the Texans benched starting quarterback Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns in the second half against Atlanta's second-string defense. The Falcons join the Panthers as unlikely 4-0 teams in the NFC South, but the teams won't play each other until December.

Houston Texans vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Recap

Texans running back Alfred Blue gained 139 yards on 31 carries, leading Houston to a win over the Buccaneers at NRG Stadium. Blue ran for a 20-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to give Houston a 16-9 lead, and the Texans clinched the win later on Randy Bullock's 19-yard field goal with 1:15 to play. The Texans' Ryan Mallett completed 24-of-39 passes for 228 yards, while counterpart Jameis Winston was 17-for-36 for 261 yards. Texans rookie kicker Kyle Brindza made a 58-yard field goal but missed three field goals and an extra point. Winston's 32-yard pass to Charles Sims gave the Buccaneers a 9-7 halftime lead, but Tampa Bay didn't score at all after the break.

Carolina Panthers Vs. Houston Texans Recap

Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, leading the Panthers to a win over the Texans and a 2-0 record. Newton was a threat in the air and on the ground, as he threw for 195 yards and ran for 76 yards. Greg Olsen was his favorite target with six catches for 70 yards, and Corey Brown and Ted Ginn Jr. each caught touchdown passes. The Panthers' front seven held the Texans to just 61 rushing yards while Carolina gained 172 yards on the ground. Forced to pass on nearly every play of the second half, Houston's Ryan Mallett completed just 27-of-58 passes for 244 yards.
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