Baker Mayfield might have celebrated the Carolina Panthers’ victory at “Thursday Evening Soccer” in some ways, even when he did not play a snap.
He might have greeted some teammates, there’s at all times the fist punch, and he is by no means been afraid to fireplace off a racy tweet or two. He had choices and as a substitute opted for the route of headbutting helmeted teammates with out carrying a helmet.
Prime Video host Al Michaels could have summed it up higher:
“That is a great way to finish up in concussion protocol, even in case you do not play the sport.”
That is a technique of deciphering the Panthers’ “Preserve Pounding” motto. And simply one other night time for a quarterback on the bench who was by no means afraid to get slightly consideration.
Mayfield opened the season as Carolina’s beginning quarterback earlier than struggling a sprained ankle in Week 5, opening the door for PJ Walker, the workforce’s third behind Mayfield and in addition injured Sam Darnold, to take middle.
The outcomes weren’t significantly better than when Mayfield was beginning out, and issues obtained unhealthy sufficient final week that Interim Panthers head coach Steve Wilks benched Walker in Mayfield’s favor. You may need thought this meant Mayfield can be the starter, however Wilks introduced that Walker would begin on Thursday.
The outcome was a win, but additionally a reasonably quiet night time for Walker. He completed 10-of-16 for 108 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, in addition to 14 yards on three carries. The Panthers’ largest star was working again D’Onta Foreman, who hit the Atlanta Falcons once more for 130 yards and a landing.