5 big takeaways from the Carolina Panthers win vs. NY Jets in Week 1

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What were some of the big takeaways from the Carolina Panthers’ victory over the New York Jets in Week 1 at Bank of America Stadium?

After a long wait, Carolina Panthers football was back in Charlotte on Sunday. And to say it’s been a long time coming would be something of an understatement.

Sam Darnold got his revenge on the New York Jets with a solid performance against his former team, throwing a touchdown to Robby Anderson and running in another as the Panthers held off a resurgent second half from No. 2 overall pick out of BYU, Zach Wilson.

This was enough for Carolina to secure a 19-14 triumph and start the season on the right foot. Although it could have been much more had the team taken advantage of countless opportunities in the first half.

After being shut out in the first two quarters, the Jets outscored Carolina 14-3 in the second half and held the home team to just 28 yards of offense in the third quarter. Something that was evident throughout the 2020 season once the Panthers came out following the half-time break.

Plenty of positives. But lots for Matt Rhule and his coaching staff to work on ahead of next Sunday’s divisional clash against the New Orleans Saints.

With this in mind, here are five big takeaways from Carolina’s win over the Jets at a packed Bank of America Stadium in Week 1.