Free Week 1 Prediction: Jets vs. Panthers NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping Analysis: Week 1
(0-0) New York Jets vs. Carolina Panthers (0-0)
Date: Sunday, September 12th, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
NFL Week 1 ATS Betting Lines: Panthers -.5
NFL Week 1 Moneyline Odds: Jets +201 | Panthers -242
NFL Week 1 NFL Betting Total: 44.5
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These teams swung the big offseason trade with Sam Darnold now starting a QB for the Panthers and rookie Zach Wilson making his first start for New York.
Thank you NFL schedulemakers, why not have a little drama between noncontenders to start the season. By the time Week 13 rolls around nobody is going to care about these teams.
New York Jets
The Jets did a double reset trading away Darnold and bringing in new coach Robert Saleh, San Francisco’s defensive coordinator for the past few seasons.
Change has been the name of the game but the Jets are still pretty light on talent overall. Wilson is a rookie and show promise but he does not have a lot to work with.
Saleh will want the Jets to be stout defensively but again he does not have nearly the personnel he did in San Francisco, especially not on the defensive line, which is why the 49ers so strong.
The Jets should be more functional than they have been the last few seasons. That is not exactly high praise and I would advise to use caution in backing them this season. You might want to take a few weeks to see how it all looks before diving in.
The trade for Darnold was an interesting one. His situation with New York was never good so maybe there something there but at the same time he never seemed to elevate the players around him either. The question is whether he has it in him.
There is definitely more talent in Carolina, though there have to be some concerns about the health of running back Christian McCaffery. When he is at his best he is the best RB in the NFL. He has a couple of good receivers to work with as well.
Carolina is ahead of where New York is on defense too. They were in the middle of the league last season and invested draft and free agent capital to get better on that side of the ball.
The Panthers only won 5 games a season ago. There were a bunch of close losses but that does not mean this team is ready to turn the corner and compete for the playoffs. The Panthers mostly look a year ahead, or more, from where New York wants to be. That will help them on Sunday.
NFL Betting Trends:
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Jets’s last 7 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Jets’s last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Carolina’s last 6 games at home
- Carolina is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
4* Free Week 1 NFL Betting Prediction: Panthers -6.5
I am not sold on Wilson as being ready to win football games in the NFL, especially with the talent he has at his disposal. New York has been terrible of late and I expect they will be more competent but a road upset in Game 1 with a new coach and QB is not something I can get behind. Carolina has some question marks too but the likely answers are more encouraging.
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