Sam Darnold finishes with a passer rating of 102.0.

He had a passer rating of at least 100.0 in just seven of 38 starts with the Jets.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Panthers will be 1-0 for the first time since 2018.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Christian McCaffrey makes the smart football play, after making the good football play. Nice for the Panthers to have him back. 187 yards on 30 touches.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Among those on the Panthers’ hands team: Christian McCaffrey, DJ Moore, Robby Anderson, Donte Jackson, Jaycee Horn, Jeremy Chinn

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Derrick Brown, c’mon. That’s a rookie you’re doing that to.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Fourth quarter, third-and-10 … yeah, you’re gonna blitz the rookie QB. Shaq Thompson adds a sack to his INT.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

A wise man once told me “It doesn’t have to be that hard.”

It’s 19-8 after a 29-yard Santoso field goal.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

Panthers gained more yards on their first four plays of this quarter (30) than they did in the third (28). Important drive here, obviously.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Elflein’s back in at LG, and DJ Moore runs for a first down to keep the chains (and clock) moving.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

Third quarter: Panthers gained 28 yards. Sam Darnold was 2/7 for 18 yards and was hit 5 times.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

This does not feel like a one-score game. Alas …

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Becton doubtful to return for the Jets.

Meanwhile, Panthers RG Pat Elflein just walked to the sideline, replaced by Trent Scott (who has subbed in at both guard spots today).

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

Zach Wilson scores the two-point conversion, and the Jets cut the lead in half.

Panthers 16-8 with 1:25 left in the third.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

And there goes the shutout, as Zach Wilson finds an oddly wide open Corey Davis in the corner of the end zone.

But Jets LT Mekhi Becton is down on the play, which is only going to make their protection problems worse.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

Dennis Daley’s back on the field at RG after getting his head patched up on the sideline.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

Myles Hartsfield will not return with that wrist injury.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

Four sacks and four TFLs for this defense

— Will Bryan (@Pantherstatsguy) September 12, 2021

Jets had 3 QB hits in the first half. They have 3 QB hits already this half.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Nickel Myles Hartsfield questionable to return with a wrist.

He was replacing AJ Bouye there, so they’re going to need to adjust if he doesn’t come back.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

After that Hubbard reception, 7 different players now have catches for Carolina.

— Will Bryan (@Pantherstatsguy) September 12, 2021

Dennis Daley coming out.

Trent Scott going in at RG.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

The absence of disaster isn’t always the same as good.

But Darnold’s 17-of-22 for 234 yards, a touchdown pass and a touchdown run, McCaffrey’s got 124 yards from scrimmage, and they have three sacks, five QB hits, an interception, and a forced fumble.

I’ve seen worse.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

Panthers defense had 3 sacks and 5 QB hits in the first half.

Jets defense had 0 sacks and 3 QB hits.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Sixth career rushing TD for Sam Darnold.

Darnold is 17-22 for 234 yards and a rushing and passing TD in first half.

— Will Bryan (@Pantherstatsguy) September 12, 2021

Christian McCaffrey over 100 scrimmage yards, his 28th career game with at least a hundo.

— Will Bryan (@Pantherstatsguy) September 12, 2021

Panthers with three sacks in the first half. First time that’s happened since Dec. 2019

— Will Bryan (@Pantherstatsguy) September 12, 2021

Panthers’ D-line is the team’s strength. Poor Zach Wilson right now.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Robby Anderson had a 75-yard TD in Week 1 last year.

This time, Darnold finds him for 57 yards and the first TD of the season.

— Will Bryan (@Pantherstatsguy) September 12, 2021

Haason Reddick – 1

Brian Burns – 1

This competition is going to be fun

— Will Bryan (@Pantherstatsguy) September 12, 2021

Yetur Gross-Matos with the run-stop on fourth-and-1.

They needed that.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

Ryan Santoso is good from 22 yards away, and the Panthers have a 3-0 lead.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

Christian McCaffrey has 12 touches on 21 Panthers’ plays.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Second career interception for Shaq Thompson.

First in No. 7

— Will Bryan (@Pantherstatsguy) September 12, 2021

Jets had 14 yards of offense in three drives. Now a pick-up of 35 and they’re near midfield.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Fumble on fourth and 1. Darnold appeared to hit FB Giovanni Ricci in the butt with it on its way to McCaffrey.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

DJ Moore recovered nicely after the drop, with gains of 26 and 27.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

Gorgeous ball from Sam Darnold, who was gonna get hit, to DJ Moore for a gain of 26.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

The Panthers are moving the ball a little, and they’re pressuring Zach Wilson at a pretty good clip.

And yet, it remains 0-0.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

Matt Ammendola has punts of 50 and 46 yards. Not bad in an emergency role.

Well … what you’ll learn when CBS comes back from break is there was an illegal formation, so Jets are gonna have to punt again.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Not by the hair on his chinny chinny chinn!

— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 12, 2021

Panthers blitz Jeremy Chinn on second down. Chinn then on pass defense way downfield on third. He’s diverse if you can’t tell.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Christian McCaffrey was not in for first snap of second drive. Nothing wrong with him, Panthers just trying to do what they haven’t done in previous seasons.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Jets with 4 net yards after first two drives.

— Will Bryan (@Pantherstatsguy) September 12, 2021

They let DJ Moore return a punt, in a non-emergency situation.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

Panthers making Jets punt again after a Jets hold … but Jets punter Braden Mann was hurt, so WR Matt Ammendola is punting.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Shaq Thompson about 25 yards down field to break up third-down pass.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Brian Burns just misses another one, But Wilson was able to get away and huck one downfield, incomplete.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

Nice pass on third-and-4 by Sam Darnold. Better PBU by Michael Carter II.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Holding on Elflein wipes out another McCaffrey first down. He touched it the first three snaps.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

1 play

1 touch for Christian McCaffrey

1 first down

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

And a quick pass to 22 for an 11-yard gain. That seems like a trend.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

OK, so they put two TEs and McCaffrey out there on first down.

They want to make Darnold comfortable.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

Brian Burns with his first sack of the year.

Might have helped if they had blocked him.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

Third-down defense is gonna be a story here until they improve from last year. Didn’t help that the first one was a third-and-1.

— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) September 12, 2021

Panthers are wearing white pants with the white tops with blue socks today.

— Will Bryan (@Pantherstatsguy) September 12, 2021

With the jersey number changes, the Panthers will have three single-digits on defense (at CB and two LBs), along with a DE who wears 53 and is often standing up and wandering around.

— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) September 12, 2021

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Jeremy Chinn wears Stephen Curry’s Davidson jersey for the season opener against New York.

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