The Panthers went 5-11 last year, finishing third in the NFC South.
It was Matt Ruhle's first season as head coach.
The Texans and Panthers have met five times, and Carolina's won the last three. These two franchises last linked up in Week 3 at NRG Stadium, and the Panthers prevailed, 16-10.
Notable Panthers: QB Sam Darnold, RB Christian McCaffrey, WR D.J. Moore, WR Robby Anderson, DE Brian Burns, OLB Haason Reddick
Cornerback A.J. Bouye began his NFL career as an undrafted free agent with the Texans in 2013. He played in Houston through the 2016 season. Bouye joined Carolina this offseason in free agency.