Sam Darnold Sep 23, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (14) calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Wait, is Sam Darnold good?

That’s the question a lot of NFL fans and media members are asking themselves following Thursday Night Football’s game between the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans. Darnold completed 23 of 34 passes for 304 yards and rushed for two touchdowns as the Panthers moved to 3-0 following a 24-9 victory. Sure, the Texans aren’t world-beaters, but Darnold’s latest effort is matched by his previous ones this season, which includes a 305-yard, two-touchdown performance in his last game as well.

It’s quite the stunning change from Darnold’s time with the New York Jets. In his three seasons there, he rarely showed this kind of command and ability to lead a team to victory consistently. Case in point, he had just four 300-yard games in his entire Jets tenure and he already has two of them in three games for the Panthers.

It’s enough to make a lot of people wonder whether or not he was actually the problem all along.

It wasn’t all good things for Darnold, who still needs to work on his blocking capabilities…

But hey, if that’s the worst thing that the Panthers have to worry about with Darnold right now, we’re guessing they’re just fine with that. Darnold came into the season as a quarterback with something to prove and so far, he’s doing just that.

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to