4 major observations from Sam Darnold’s performance at Seahawks

(Photo by Jane Gershovich/Getty Images) Sam Darnold
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What were some major observations from Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold’s performance at the Seattle Seahawks in Week 14?

After an encouraging first start in 2022 for Sam Darnold, there was a quiet sense of optimism surrounding another impressive outing at the Seattle Seahawks. This was a far sterner test than Week 12, but extra preparation during the bye week meant the Carolina Panthers weren’t without a chance despite their concerning away record of late.

Darnold‘s efficiency and big throws in key moments played a leading role for Carolina in their win over the Denver Broncos. Something that added to Steve Wilks’ comfort level when Baker Mayfield returned to the facility and asked for his release on Monday.

The Seahawks weren’t going to do Darnold any favors with playoff football in sight. As it turned out, his efficiency continued as the Panthers pulled off a massive upset to secure their first road win of the campaign.

With that in mind, here are four major observations from Darnold’s performance at the Seahawks in Week 14.

Major Observation No. 1

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Sam Darnold started well

It was an imposing start from the Carolina Panthers in a difficult environment. Sam Darnold played his part, keeping the chains moving and taking advantage of Jaycee Horn’s interception with a well-placed delivery to Shi Smith for his first career touchdown catch.

Darnold was also turnover-free in the first half, which was a positive. He did miss a couple of throws under duress, but there ended up being far more good than bad to open the contest.