The Washington Post
Panthers 19, Jets 14
In Charlotte, Sam Darnold threw for 279 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score against his former team as Carolina won its season opener for the first time since 2018.
Darnold connected on a 57-yard touchdown pass with fellow ex-jet Robby Anderson and took full advantage of a healthy Christian Mccaffrey, who piled up 187 yards from scrimmage on 30 touches after missing 13 games last season with injuries.
Carolina’s defense brought the pressure on Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, sacking the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft six times and intercepting him once. Wilson kept battling, though and finished 20 for 37 for 258 yards with two touchdown passes to Corey Davis in his debut.
The loss also spoiled the coaching debut of Robert Saleh for the Jets.
Darnold, acquired from the Jets for three draft picks this past offseason, struggled in the red zone early, including a turnover on a botched handoff that hit his fullback’s arm.
Carolina scored 16 points in the second quarter to take control.