Jets and Panthers trading field goals in first half

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The Panthers aren’t playing an offense the caliber of the Saints’ this week, but settling for field goals is becoming a disturbing recent trend for them.

After failing to convert a pair of red zone chances last week, allowing New Orleans to charge back and dominate a game, the Panthers are leaving chances on the table yet again.

A pair of Graham Gano and Nick Folk field goals have the Panthers and Jets tied 6-6 just before halftime.

The Panthers had been in the league’s top five in red zone offense, but having the same problems the last two weeks when they’re fighting for a playoff berth is a troubling trend for an offense that still doesn’t have a big margin of error.

UPDATE 5:09 p.m. ET: The Panthers figured out how to solve the red zone problems, with Cam Newton hitting DeAngelo Williams for a 72-yard screen pass touchdown and a 13-6 lead.