Zach Wilson Debuts for the Jets, but His Predecessor Shines Brighter

Carolina’s Sam Darnold threw for 279 yards and a touchdown. Wilson threw two scoring passes but threw an interception and took six sacks while often facing heavy pressure.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sam Darnold threw for 279 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score against his former team as the Carolina Panthers defeated the Jets, 19-14, on Sunday to win a season opener for the first time since 2018.

Darnold connected on a 57-yard touchdown pass with another ex-Jet, Robby Anderson, and took full advantage of a having healthy Christian McCaffrey, who accumulated 187 yards from scrimmage on 30 touches after missing 13 games last season with injuries.

Carolina’s defense brought

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