3 reasons the Carolina Panthers will beat the NY Jets in Week 1

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The Carolina Panthers have a three-headed monster at WR

If the Carolina Panthers had any reason to boast in 2020, it was because of their wide-receiver corps. D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson both secured more than 1,000 yards, despite lackluster quarterback play.

The recently departed Curtis Samuel posted 851 receiving yards, but after you add in his rushing yards, he too accounted for 1,000 yards of offense.

Of course, Samuel was signed away during free agency, and his 2020 production will be difficult to replicate. However, second-round pick Terrace Marshall Jr. proved during the preseason that he is a force to be reckoned with.

Marshall could easily slide in as another team’s WR2, even as a rookie, and has the potential to become a go-to guy in the NFL.

Moore and Anderson continue to be two of the more underrated receivers in the league, despite both having career years in 2020. The Panthers rewarded Anderson with a two-year contract extension last month, and it’s likely that Moore will be one of Scott Fitterer’s next priorities.

As for now though, Carolina’s trio of receivers should present quite the problem for a rather bad New York secondary.

The Jets allowed the fifth-most passing yards per game in 2020, and they didn’t do much to improve in that area during the offseason. Add in the fact that Dan Arnold could be a threat in the passing game at the tight end spot and it should create even more opportunities for the Panthers’ three-headed monster.