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Panthers Sam Darnold keeps rolling in win against Texans Jet

Jetsfans will probably want to DeSean Jackson Jersey stop paying much attention to Panthersgames.

Sam Darnold had quietly put the Panthers up 2-0 to begin his Carolina career. Thursday night, he added a win in prime time, the first time he has won under center stage since 2018.

His new team is now 3-0. His old team is 0-2, and the new guy just threw four interceptions. But is Darnold looking back at his time with the Jets? Not quite.


I dont want to talk too much about New York, to be honest with you. That's in the past for me,” Darnold said after the “Thursday Night Football” matchup against the Texans.

I dont want to talk too much about New York, to be honest with you. That's in the past for me. – Sam Darnold

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Darnold led the Panthers to a 24-9 win against Mike Quick Jersey Houston. He didn't throw any touchdown pa ses, but he scored twice on the ground and completed 23-of-34 pa ses for 304 yards and didn't turn the ball over.

And here's a look at just how he did it in the air.

Sam Darnold Pa sing Chart vs Texans Darnold finished 9/11 for 198 yards on pa ses traveling 10+ air yards, completing +24.7% of pa ses over expected according to our completion probability model, a new career-high. | Powered by

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Just in this game alone, it's easy to see the turnaround from last year.

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Darnold was within average or below average in nearly every region acro s the field last season. He was especially poor on pa ses that traveled more than 10 yards as his pa ser rating was below league average in every section of the field except one after 10 yards.

, he had no poor throws pa s attempts with little chance of being caught and his completed pa ses averaged nine yards in the air prior to completion.


There are some overall numbers that don't look as positive. His intended air yards per pa s attempt regardle s of completion is the lowest it's ever been at 6.2 yards, and only 52.9 percent of his pa ses have been on target, also a career- Miles Sanders Jersey low, .

NFL Savant data shows that, so far, the early game plan might have been to mitigate turnover risk. , 57 of his pa ses were considered short left or short right. , those two zones had the fewest interceptions per pa s attempt at just1.3 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively, while 8.5 percent of deep middle pa ses were intercepted. Coming into Thursday's game, Darnold Jordan Howard Jersey had not attempted a deep middle pa s and his chart from Thursday shows he again kept the ball mostly out of the middle of the field.

But on Thursday, Darnold showed that he can throw the deep ball more effectively than he has in the past by completing 4-of-6pa s attempts 15 yards in the air or farther. And still, he kept it to the sides of the field, which keeps it safer than over the middle 4.2 percent of deep left pa ses and 4.8 percent of deep right Malik Jackson Jersey pa ses were picked in 2020.

The Panthers haven't faced a huge test yet, with the Saints representing the toughest team they've had to play this year, so it still might be too early to say whetherDarnold is finally living up to the hype. But the early returns are promising, and Thursday he gave Panthersfans even more reason to believe he might be primed for a breakout campaign.


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