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New York Jets at Carolina Panthers Tips - Panthers picked to cover

  • NFL Week 1 game is scheduled at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Sunday (18:00 BST)
  • The Jets had 2 wins and 1 tie in the pre-season
  • The Panthers went 1-2 in the pre-season
  • The two teams meet for the first time since 2017
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The Panthers host the Jets at Bank of America Stadium. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson impressed during the preseason and all eyes will be on the No. 2 pick to deliver in the season-opener.

New York has opened +5 underdogs on the road in Carolina, which seems about right given the Panthers will start this game with Wilson’s predecessor, Sam Darnold, under center.

The Panthers finished 5-11 last year, but there were some signs of encouragement in Matt Rhule’s first season as head coach.

The defence showed promise in a couple of close games against Kansas City and Green Bay, while the return of star running back Christian McCaffrey, who was absent from Week 9 onwards, will obviously be a huge plus.

The Jets were sneaky good against the run last year, so they might be able to keep this close in the early goings, but it’s still hard to ignore New York’s awful 1-7 record on the road last season.

Verdict

With Darnold looking to prove a point against his old team, I’m taking the Panthers to blow this one open late.

Best Bet: Panthers -5.5 Line @-111.11 at BetMGM - 1 Unit

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