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Jets vs Panthers Prediction & Football Odds for Week 1
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Jets vs Panthers Prediction & Football Odds for Week 1

by Allyson ParkSeptember 8, 2021
  • Christian McCaffrey is ready to dominate again
  • Will Zach Wilson perform well?
  • Both teams have impressive offensive prospects

The first week of the NFL season is finally here! On Sunday at 1 pm EST, the New York Jets travel to Bank of America Stadium to take on the Carolina Panthers for their first game of the 2021 regular season. 

Led by rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, the Jets won their first two preseason games and tied their last game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Jets hope to enter the regular season with a win, and for the first time in a long time, they have a chance to do well this season. The Panthers, on the other hand, went 1-2 in this preseason, and they have made a couple of roster adjustments ahead of their first game, hoping to start the season with a win.

Betting Odds & Lines for This Game

  • Spread: NYJ: +5 (-110) | CAR: -5 (-110)
  • Moneyline: NYJ: (+190) | CAR: (-230)
  • Total: 45.5 — Over: (-114) | Under: (-106)

All odds listed are courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

Jets vs Panthers Prediction: Spread

The Carolina Panthers are currently 5-point favorites over the New York Jets for this Week 1 matchup. With the return of star runningback Christian McCaffrey and with quarterback Sam Darnold fueled by a need for revenge against the Jets, the Panthers should be able to cover the 5-point spread for this game

  • Free Prediction: Carolina Panthers -5

Jets vs Panthers Prediction: MoneyLine

This game should be a really interesting and fun game to watch. In this matchup, Panthers starting quarterback Sam Darnold faces off against his former team for the first time since being traded. On the New York side, rookie quarterback Zach Wilson looks to prove that he is a legitimate starter by starting his first NFL season with a win.

The Panthers are five-point favorites to win this Week 1 matchup, as they have home advantage and offensive advantage. With the total at 45.5 for this game, it is highly likely that this will be a decently high-scoring matchup, with both teams racking up the points.

Poised for a good season opener, the Panthers’ one slight disadvantage may be Sam Darnold. He has never been a standout player, but he seems competent enough to get the job done. Now that McCaffrey is back, the Panthers’ offense should not struggle with getting points scored, even if Darnold is unable to perform well.

Let’s talk about New York. The Jets have a new head coach this year, Robert Saleh, and he is investing in his offense, working with Zach Wilson, tweaking and boosting his receivers, and adding runningback Michael Carter to the roster. However, their emphasis for this game should be on their defense. According to CBS Sports, the Panthers have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL (on paper, at least,) and they will be without starting right guard John Miller. All the Jets defense needs to do is put pressure on Darnold and the Panthers’ offensive line, and if they force mistakes, they could end up scraping the win.

That being said, the Carolina Panthers are still the favorites in this game. I would be very surprised if they did not emerge victorious in this matchup, and I think they are a solid bet for this Week 1 game.

  • Free Prediction: Carolina Panthers -230

Jets vs Panthers Prediction: Total

The total for this game is 45.5 points, and considering that both teams have impressive offensive prospects, they should be able to combine for more than that. I would bet the over for this Week 1 matchup.

  • Free Prediction: Over -114

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About The Author
Allyson Park
Allyson Park is a sports writer and media content creator at Knup Solutions. She covers a variety of sports, including football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. She is currently a student at Virginia Tech majoring in multimedia journalism and minoring in creative writing. Her favorite sports to watch are NFL football and women's soccer. After graduating, she hopes to enter the sports journalism industry and provide a unique angle and perspective on sports as a woman of color.