This Sunday the New York Jets will host the Carolina Panthers hoping to get back in the AFC Wild Card race.
The New York Jets enter Sunday’s game against the Panthers with a record of 4-6. They are last in the AFC East and are one game back of the Baltimore Ravens for the final playoff spot in the AFC. However, they are one of eight teams that currently have five or more losses and trying to qualify for the sixth seed in the AFC.
Currently the Bills (5-5), Dolphins (4-6) and Chargers (5-6) are all ahead of the New York Jets who sit fourth in the Wild Card Standings.
This is the seventh time they will face in the Panthers in their history. Each team has won three games in the previous matchups. The Panthers first victory in franchise history came against the New York Jets on October 15, 1995.
NEW YORK JETS BETTER AS SEASON HAS GONE ON
After starting the season 0-2, the New York Jets won three straight games. However, since then they have lost four of their last five, but all of their losses have been decided by seven points or fewer.
In their first two games they averaged just 242 yards per game, 16 PPG and were outscored by 34 points (66-32).
In their last eight games they have averaged 265 yards per game, 22.4 PPG and have outscored their opponents by 13 points (169-156).
NEW YORK JETS vs NFC SOUTH
This will be the New York Jets third game against the NFC South this season. They have already lost games at Tampa Bay (15-10) and home against the Atlanta Falcons (25-20).
Overall the New York Jets are 6-8 against NFC South opponents since the NFL re-aligned in 2002. They are 4-3 against NFC South opponents at home, including a 1-0 mark against the Panthers. Overall the New York Jets have lost two of the three meetings against the Panthers since re-alignment.
JOSH McCOWN 2017 SEASON
Josh McCown ranks 3rd in completion percentage (69.0) and 2nd in off-target percentage (13.2) among 30 QBs with at least 200 attempts this season –- but he’s 28th when it comes to average air yards per attempt (7.1).
NEW YORK JETS BY THE NUMBERS
The Jets are averaging 16.6 first downs per game, 2nd-fewest in the NFL (Bengals 15.3)
The Jets have allowed 597 rush yards after contact this season, 3rd-most in the NFL. Only the Chargers (695) and Bengals (633) have allowed more
The Jets average 30.8 seconds in time of possession per play, the 2nd-slowest offense in the NFL. The Panthers have the 3rd-slowest, also at 30.8 seconds per play (fractions faster than the Jets)
The Jets are averaging 16.6 first downs per game, 2nd-fewest in the NFL (Bengals 15.3).
PANTHERS LEAD WILD CARD RACE IN NFC
The Panthers currently are in the 5th spot in the NFC playoff race. After starting the season 4-1, they lost two games before currently being on a three-game win streak.
The Panthers defense has been one of the best in the NFL so far this season. Currently they rank second in the NFL in fewest yards allowed (278.0 per game) and are fifth in the NFL for fewest points allowed (180 – 18.0 PPG) .
NEWTON DOUBLE THREAT
Cam Newton not only has thrown for 2,232 (223.0 YPG) yards this season and 14 TD through the air, but he has ran for 436 yards and four TD on the season. He ranks second on the team in rushing yards and first on the team in rushing TD.
The Panthers had a franchise-record 548 total yards of offense in Week 10 against the Dolphins, including 294 rush yards (2nd-most in franchise history).
Carolina has at least 200 rush yards in consecutive games for the 1st time in franchise history. The last team to record 200+ rush yards in 3 consecutive games was the Jaguars in 2010 from Weeks 12-14.
The Panthers are averaging 247.5 Rush YPG over those last 2 games, after averaging just 97.6 Rush YPG in their first 8 games. They’ve also scored as many Rush TD (4) in the last 2 games as the first 8 combined.
Jonathan Stewart’s team-high 460 Rush yards are only 24 more than Cam Newton (436). Newton, however, ranks 2nd in the NFL in yards per rush (5.9), while Stewart (3.3) ranks 43rd and Christian McCaffrey (3.0) ranks 46th out of 47 qualified players
CAROLINA PANTHERS BY THE NUMBERS
The Panthers lead the NFL in time of possession, averaging 33:42 per game
Defensively, the Panthers are allowing just 15.7 first downs per game, tied with the Jaguars for fewest in the NFL. Carolina also ranks 2nd in total defense (278.0 Opp YPG), 3rd in Opp Rush YPG (80.6) and 4th in Opp Pass YPG (197.4)
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