4 keys to victory for the Carolina Panthers vs. NY Jets in Week 1

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Carolina Panthers must exploit the NY Jets secondary

We already touched on this subject in this week’s edition of “Early Matchups to Watch” so I will keep this relatively brief.

The New York Jets are in the midst of a complete teardown and rebuild. The rawest portion of their team is the secondary.

No player who is expected to see any starting time has more than a year of NFL experience and the team’s official depth chart lists three rookies as the corner on the No. 2 side.

This is a prime opportunity for newcomer Sam Darnold to start proving his detractors wrong and begin living up to the potential that saw him taken No.3 overall. There will be no excuses in this game as the former USC standout has one of the best wideout tandems in the league and an intriguing rookie going against what should be largely inferior competition.

Every team looks for weaknesses, any little advantage to help win the day.

And this is a fairly hefty one.

This is also a chance for the former Trojan star to build some much-needed confidence. After all, if Darnold cant put up big numbers against this group of corners then what hope does the team have against competition like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

The Carolina Panthers need to go at these young corners early and often and just let the wideouts work their magic.

No need to overcomplicate things, let them win one on one. If they keep it simple and don’t try to get cute with fancy playcalling, this will be a long day for the Jets.