NFL Preseason Week 3 Betting: Carolina Panthers vs. New York Jets

The Carolina Panthers and New York Jets will square off Sunday night at MetLife Stadium. Both teams are looking to improve upon their seasons of a year ago, which came up short from the postseason. The Panthers went 6-10 out of the NFC South, while the Jets finished 8-8. The Panthers are 1-1 in the pre-season, while the Jets have fallen in both their early games.

The Carolina Panthers are looking for another great season from their quarterback Cam Newton. In his rookie season, Newton threw for over 4,000 yards and 21 touchdowns. Carolina was the third best rushing team, led by Newton and his combination of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Carolina hopes to improve upon a defense that allowed teams to average nearly 380 yards per game. The Panthers open their regular season on September 9th at divisional foe Tampa Bay.

The New York Jets are off to a slow start. While getting all the media attention this pre-season, their performance on the field has got to have Rex Ryan a bit worried. New York has scored just 9 points in losses to the Bengals and the Giants. The Jets are trying out the two quarterback approach with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. Last season, New York ranked in the bottom half in both passing and rushing offense. New York opens the 2012 regular season on September 9th against the Bills in an AFC East tilt.

Odds and Sports Betting Line

Carolina Panthers +3

New York Jets -3

Free Prediction

The Jets need to get back on track. This week, we feel they will do just that. Look for Sanchez and Tebow to split time again, with both of them being much more effective than their previous two games.

Prediction: New York Jets 31-24

Free Pick

The Jets are favorites in this game over Carolina. We do not feel Newton will play a ton of time in this game, which favors the Jets. We are going to take New York to cover the field goal spread.

Pick: New York Jets -3