New York Jets (0-0) vs. Carolina Panthers (0-0)
September 12, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Carolina Panthers -4.5 ; Over/Under: -44.5
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The Carolina Panthers meet the New York Jets Sunday in Week 1 NFL action from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The Jets are coming off a 2-14 season in 2020 and finished 2-0-1 in the preseason. As for the Panthers, they went 5-11 last year and notched a 1-2 mark in preseason play. Check back all season long for free NFL picks at Sports Chat Place.
New York had another disappointing season in 2020, finishing 2-14 and last place once again in the AFC East. The Jets got off to a franchise-worst 0-13 start before finally taking out the LA Rams in Week 15. New York hasn’t been to the postseason since 2010, the longest active streak in the league.
The Jets found a bit of success in preseason play, beating the Giants 12-7 and the Packers 23-14 before a 31-31 tie with the Eagles in the final exhibition game. Jets QB James Morgan put up a 13-of-23 line for 158 yards, two TDs and a pick in the tie.
Over on the Panthers’ side, they’re coming off a lost season as well at 5-11. Carolina started off decently at 3-2, but then hit a five-game losing streak that lasted into November. Carolina would win just two of their final six games and missed the playoffs for the third straight year.
Carolina fell in their first two preseason games, 21-18 to the Colts and 20-3 to the Ravens. The Panthers managed a win in their final outing however, taking out the Steelers 34-9. Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold logged a 19-of-25 line for 162 yards and a pair of scores in the victory.
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The Jets are 19-39-4 ATS in their last 62 as a road underdog and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 on grass. New York is 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five in Week 1.
Meanwhile, the Panthers are 1-5 ATS in their last six as a favorite and 1-5 ATS in their last six home games. Carolina is 0-5 ATS in their last five as a home favorite and the under is 5-2 in the last seven home games.
PICK: I’m going to go with Carolina. This is a great matchup to start out the season, made extra interesting with ex-Jets QB Sam Darnold now playing for the Panthers. Darnold could find some major success versus the Jets defense, which was near the bottom in the rankings against the pass last year. Not many people are expecting a large improvement with that group in 2021, either. Darnold has got plenty of great weapons to work with, and I like him to have a good game in a Panthers victory here.