Zach Wilson Debuts for the Jets, but His Predecessor Shines Brighter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sam Darnold threw for 279 yards and a landing and ran for one other rating towards his former group as the Carolina Panthers defeated the Jets, 19-14, on Sunday to win a season opener for the first time since 2018.

Darnold related on a 57-yard landing go with one other ex-Jet, Robby Anderson, and took full benefit of a having wholesome Christian McCaffrey, who accrued 187 yards from scrimmage on 30 touches after lacking 13 video games final season with accidents.

Carolina’s protection introduced the strain on Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, sacking him six instances and intercepting him as soon as. Wilson, a rookie drafted second total, stored battling, although and completed 20 of 37 for 258 yards with two landing passes to Corey Davis in his first profession begin.

The loss additionally spoiled Robert Saleh’s head teaching debut for the Jets.

Darnold, acquired from the Jets for three draft picks this previous low season, struggled in the purple zone early. He turned over the ball on a botched handoff that hit his fullback’s arm and the Panthers needed to settle for a brief discipline aim by Ryan Santoso on one other possession.

But the momentum modified halfway via the second quarter when the Jets went for it on fourth-and-inches close to midfield, and Panthers defensive finish Yetur Gross-Matos tackled Tevin Coleman behind the line of scrimmage.

On the subsequent play, Darnold discovered Anderson streaking down the center of the discipline for a 57-yard rating. Darnold then made it 16-Zero on the subsequent drive when he scored on a 5-yard landing run on a quarterback draw as the Panthers outgained the Jets 282-72 in the first half.

Wilson spent the higher a part of the recreation underneath heavy duress, pressured on 10 of his 19 drop backs in the first half. He was Zero for 7 passing on these pressures and took three sacks, in line with ESPN Stats and Info.

The remaining sack Wilson took got here with two minutes left, when his head hit the turf onerous after getting landed on by the 320-pound defensive sort out Derrick Brown. But he stayed in the recreation and related with Davis with 1:56 left to chop Carolina’s result in 19-14 and provides his group an opportunity.

But the Panthers put the recreation away on the remaining drive on an 18-yard run by McCaffrey.

Despite the strain, Wilson had some shiny spots together with the late landing toss and a 22-yard scoring go to Davis late in the third quarter when he rolled out of the pocket to purchase time.

Mekhi Becton, the Jets’ beginning left sort out, left in the second half with a knee harm and didn’t return. Saleh mentioned Becton was nonetheless being evaluated and had no phrase on the extent of the harm. The Jets will host the New England Patriots subsequent Sunday, whereas the Panthers will host the New Orleans Saints.