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How to watch Zach Wilson’s NFL debut

Former BYU quarterback will play in his first NFL game Sunday. Here’s how to tune in as the New York Jets play the Carolina Panthers

New York Jets’ Zach Wilson warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers.
In this Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, file photo, New York Jets’ Zach Wilson warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis. The New York Jets rookie quarterback is set to make his NFL regular-season debut at Carolina on Sunday after a solid summer.
Matt Ludtke, Associated Press

New York Jets (0-0) at Carolina Panthers (0-0)

  • Kickoff: Sunday, 11 a.m. MDT
  • Venue: Bank of America Stadium (75,412 capacity)
  • TV: CBS
  • Livestream: CBS online
  • Radio: Listen to the radio broadcast (in either English or Spanish) by downloading the official Jets team app

CBS coverage map for Jets-Panthers

CBS early game coverage map for NFL’s Week 1.
Screenshot from 506sports.com

For those living in Utah, you’re in luck. The Jets-Panthers game — former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson’s first in the NFL — will be shown in Utah, according to the TV coverage map from 506sports.com. The game will also be shown in the New York City and Charlotte markets and surrounding areas, as well as in parts of Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming, per 506 Sports.

THE STAKES

For New York … The Jets open a new era with Wilson under center, after he was taken with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. New York overhauled its roster this offseason, adding several offensive skill players around Wilson.

For Carolina … The Panthers also have a new quarterback, and it’s Wilson’s predecessor in New York — Sam Darnold. Darnold was traded to Carolina after three seasons with the Jets.

THE TRENDS

For New York … Wilson is one of five quarterbacks taken in the first round, and three of them will start Week 1, including Jacksonville’s Trevor Lawrence and New England’s Mac Jones.

For Carolina … The Panthers are favored to beat the visiting Jets. Carolina has its own former Cougar — tackle Brady Christensen, who protected Wilson’s blind side in college, was a third-round draft pick by the Panthers this year.

QUOTABLE

“They don’t play against each other, right? They’re on the same side of the ball for different teams so they don’t actually face off with one another. This is about Zach, it’s about him, it’s about his process and it’s about him getting ready to play the best he possibly can and obviously his surrounding teammates to do the best they can and keep it in the moment, keep it about us and execute the best we can.”

— New York Jets coach on Wilson facing Darnold, per New York Post