|Why To Watch|
Jets QB Brooks Bollinger will start over Vinny Testaverde, who has been slowed by a calf injury. While Bollinger played well in relief last week, he lacks ideal experience and Carolina will try to take advantage. The Panthers will stack the line with eight men on downs with run-heavy tendencies, in the hopes of giving their explosive front four opportunities to fly upfield on downs with pass-heavy tendencies. The Jets can't afford to turn the ball over in this game, so giving Bollinger enough time to make sound decisions and deliver the ball with confidence is pivotal to their success.
The Panthers' relatively balanced offensive attack should continue to use the run to set up the vertical passing game. A steady diet of RBs Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster early will force the Jets' safeties to play closer to the line and keep the Jets front four on its heels. The key for the Jets is not getting lulled to sleep by the run, because that's when QB Jake Delhomme will look for WR Steve Smith downfield.