5 things we learned about the Carolina Panthers in Week 1

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What were some things we learned about the Carolina Panthers during their Week 1 success against the New York Jets?

The Carolina Panthers beat the New York Jets 19-14 in a game the home team had complete control in from start to finish. Robert Saleh’s men came out of the gate sluggish and struggled behind rookie quarterback Zach Wilson before a late comeback effort.

All of the Jets’ points came in the second half though it is only fair to note Carolina seemed to play a bit softer in the second half as they protected their early lead.

The Panthers and their fans have to be happy with the result of this one. Carolina got an easy Week 1 win without tipping too much of their playbook.

Christian McCaffrey was the story of this game. His workload certainly wasn’t lightened as he caught check-down after check-down and carried the ball 21 times, catching nine passes to further increase his overall influence.

It was a vanilla game plan for a team that knew they were better than the Jets. Now Carolina has to turn their attention to a much tougher foe in week two, the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints will be coming off of a dominating performance of the Green Bay Packers and will be a tough out for Carolina. For now, however, let’s focus on what we learned in the Panthers’ solid performance against the Jets at Bank of America Stadium.