That, folks, was a professional football game, for which hard-working people paid full price.
The Jets beat the Panthers 9-3 in a spectacle that included seven turnovers, 20 punts and just 287 yards of total offense — by the two teams combined.
At least it didn't rain.
The Panthers still appear unable to throw the ball, after spending the offseason working on that part. It was hard to tell, as when Matt Moore got the ball out, it was either rushed to the point of inaccuracy or dropped.
Panthers coach John Fox was fairly nonchalant, putting most of the blame on the fact the Jets pressured from many angles, none of which his team game-planned against. You're going to hear a lot of that over the next few days, but you'll also hear a lot of low scores if they don't fix it.
Other highlights from the evening:
-- The Panthers' 6-of-18 on third down was nothing to be thrilled about. But it beat the Jets' 5-of-19.
-- Armanti Edwards wasn't using the inexperience card, when asked about his two mistakes that led to fumbles.
"I caught over 100 punts in camp, that's not an excuse anymore."
-- Injury wise, they seemed to come out OK.
Fox said CB C.J. Wilson "got dinged" and that CB Captain Munnerlyn had a calf strain.
Wilson went down after defending a deep pass, and asked how he felt, grinned and replied: "I just fell on my face. I'm good."
-- The intent was to play QB Tony Pike third, since he didn't get much work last week, but that didn't work out.
That means after two games, QB Hunter Cantwell has the highest rating on the team at 48.2 for the preseason. Cantwell was also the thrower of the Panthers lone passing touchdown last preseason.
—- Darin Gantt