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Texans vs. Panthers: First Quarter Live

The Houston Texans kick off the 2017 preseason now!

NFL: Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Football is finally here! For the first time in approximately seven months, we will get to watch the wonderful Houston Texans take the field. They kick off their 2017 season with a preseason matchup against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tonight will provide our first look at starter Tom Savage (the new and improved 2017 version, at least), a peek at Deshaun Watson in all his glory and the return of the best defensive player in the league, the honorable J.J. Watt. We will also catch a glimpse of several rookies and players returning from various injuries.

Let us all take a moment to celebrate, and enjoy the perfection that is Texans football.

This is your open thread for the first quarter. The comments section is yours to discuss anything Texans, Panthers or preseason in real time.

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