The New York Jets will take on the Carolina Panthers this Sunday at 1 pm at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The Jets are five point dogs to the Panthers. Take the Jets’ moneyline and you’ll have a +192 payout. Opt for the Jets’ +5 at +105 and you’ll double your money minus the vig. The game’s over/under is 44.5. Let’s take a look at what might transpire in the Jets’ matchup with the Panthers.
Can the Jets Pull off the Upset?
Indeed, the Jets can win this game. Jets coaches and players understand Panthers’ quarterback Sam Darnold’s strengths and weaknesses better than anyone else in the league. This is the perfect matchup for the Jets in spite of the fact that they have lost several players to injury in the preseason.
Carolina has a solid wide receiver corps along with two dangerous backs in Christian McCaffrey and Chuba Hubbard. However, Carolina’s offensive line, defensive line and linebacking corps are not exactly elite.
The Panthers added defensive end Haason Reddick, cornerback A.J. Bouye and several highly ranked prospects in the draft. The moves were a step in the right direction yet there is no guarantee these additions will make an immediate impact, especially when you consider the fact that Carolina has not had an opportunity to develop chemistry amongst the starters due to the abbreviated preseason.
In other words, the Jets have no reason to fear Carolina. If you want action on the point spread or moneyline, the Jets clearly provide the best value. Gamblers who elect to play the point spread in favor of the Jets should consider buying 2.5 points to move the spread all the way up to 7.5. This way, if the Jets lose by a touchdown and an extra point, the wager will be a winner.
How to Play the Over/Under
Use your mind’s eye to envision the Jets’ and Panthers’ offenses on the field this Sunday. Zach Wilson is likely to connect with Corey Davis and Elijah Moore through the air. Let’s assume the Jets add another touchdown on the ground along with a field goal and their point total will reach 24.
The Panthers should be able to move the ball on the ground considering the Jets are down linebacker Jarrad Davis along with safety Ashtyn Davis and defensive end Carl Lawson. Carolina could easily put up 20+ points as this is a home game and the Jets are far from healthy on defense.
Let’s assume Darnold throws for two scores through the air. Carolina’s running attack should notch another touchdown. Add in a field goal and Carolina’s team point total will also likely end up around 24, making the teams’ combined point total around 48. If these two squads’ skill players play to their ability on Sunday, this game is likely to go over the 44.5 point total.