Who are you going to call?
Halloween was last Sunday, but Sam Darnold is still telling ghost stories, apparently: Just two years after his now-infamous “ghost-seeing” line in a game against the Patriots, the dead were resurrected.
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The Patriots defeated the Panthers 24-6 on Sunday and it was another afternoon of paranormal activity – well, increasingly normal for the Carolina quarterback, with a gruesome 16-of-33 line, 173 yards and three interceptions in the loss. .
Carolina head coach Matt Rhule was unhappy with the quarterback’s performance.
Matt Rhule: “I don’t want to blame just one player, but we can’t keep throwing the ball in the air.”
Is Sam Darnold still the boy? “We can’t keep doing that.”
– Joe Person (@josephperson) November 7, 2021
“I don’t want to put it all into one player, but we can’t keep throwing the ball in the air,” Rhule said after the game. When asked if he thinks Darnold is still the team’s QB1, he said: “We can’t keep doing that.”
And Rhule wasn’t the only one disappointed in his starter: After Darnold’s third INT, wide receiver Robby Anderson was apparently very angry at the fourth-year QB, yelling at him from the sideline.
In Darnold’s last four games against the Patriots, he has thrown nine interceptions and his teams are 0-4. He has only one touchdown for those teams.
His three Sunday interceptions were also of the worst variety.
The first was a bad INT in the red zone on a less-than-pretty pitch that went the other way for six:
The second was a good play from linebacker Jamie Collins, who read Darnold and pulled the ball out of the tear:
The third was the backbreaker: in the end zone, back to JC Jackson, on a force.
Sam Darnold with his 3rd INT today, JC Jackson gets another!
JC Jackson has 22 career interceptions in 3 1/2 seasons.
The Darnold era should have ended in Carolina.pic.twitter.com/OPuhgjk2yn
– Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 7, 2021
In total, Darnold has thrown seven touchdowns to 11 interceptions this season, not exactly the return the Panthers wanted to get when they chose their fifth-year option and sent a second-, fourth- and sixth-round pick to the Jets for him. .
While the Panthers can keep Darnold solely because of his 2022 contract number, it appears that the arenas for discovering his position as an NFL quarterback are almost down.
In other news, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” will hit theaters on November 19. Get your tickets now.