NY Jets: 7 quick takeaways from Week 1 loss to the Panthers

NY Jets, Zach Wilson, Corey Davis
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The NY Jets salvaged a close loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 falling by a final score of 19-14. It was far from an ideal debut for Zach Wilson, Robert Saleh, and the new-look Jets.

Gang Green stumbled out of the starting gate as they trailed 16-0 at the half. But they clawed their way back in the second half on the back of a strong performance from Wilson.

But it was ultimately too little, too late.

The Jets fell to 0-1, but they can take solace in the fact that they didn't fold in the second half. If there's any positive to take away from this game, it's that.

The NY Jets didn't fold at halftime

Look, before we get into some of the negatives, it should be noted that this game would have likely gone down a lot differently if it had happened last year.

I know, a loss is a loss. But rather than roll over and allow the Panthers to steamroll them in the second half, the Jets fought hard and came close to tying the game in the end.

That's a testament to how well the defense played in the second half as well as the work of Wilson and the coaching staff to make necessary halftime adjustments.

The Jets lost this game, but it wasn't due to a lack of effort. That's at least an encouraging takeaway from this one.