4 final thoughts ahead of Carolina Panthers vs. NY Jets in Week 1

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Carolina Panthers defense holds the key

All the talk has rightfully centered on the two quarterbacks given what’s transpired this offseason. But the Carolina Panthers’ defense holds the key to victory in this one.

There is an enormous sense of excitement surrounding what Phil Snow’s unit can accomplish in the coming months. They are a young, hungry group with the right blend of mix and experience, which could make things extremely difficult for rookie quarterback Zach Wilson in his first competitive NFL game.

Stopping the run is going to be crucial. Carolina made some strides in this area over the second half of 2020, but the likes of Tevin Colemen and Michael Carter can hurt the Panthers if they get enough space to work.

If they can put Wilson in second or third-and-long situations, then it gives Carolina’s exceptional pass-rushers a chance to create havoc and make things easier for a secondary that should also be much improved.

Brian Burns, Jermaine Carter, Derrick Brown, Donte Jackson, and Jeremy Chinn need to set the tempo right from the outset. Snow will no doubt also have some schemes up his sleeve to make things extremely uncomfortable for Wilson under center.

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Although there are some questions to answer on offense, Carolina’s imposing defense should have enough in their locker to potentially become one of the league’s most explosive in 2021. And it all starts against the New York Jets.