Charlotte, Nick – Baker Mayfield He had a chance to be the champ on Sunday, facing third and sixth from the 46-yard streak with 2:42 and the Carolina Panthers behind the New York Giants 19-16.
Mayfield admitted after the 19-16 loss: “I have to do a better job to be able to get the ball out and give us a chance to win there.”
For the second week in a row, the Panthers lost in the fourth quarter with a field goal of 56 yards or more, something never before in consecutive weeks in NFL history. And for the second week in a row, Mayfield failed to do something special in the fourth quarter with the game on the line.
The previous week, in a 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns, he flopped in the 14th minute with 1:27 remaining, and eventually, Carolina settled on a field goal that left him vulnerable for the 58-yard game-winner.
When you are a quarterback, you are expected to make plays that lead to wins. Mayfield did not do so during the 0-2 start that extended Carolina’s streak of defeats to nine, the longest in the NFL.
He was average at best, and his stats reflect that.
Mayfield was 14 of 29 for 145 yards and one touchdown on Sunday. He was only 6 of 16 when the Giants sent four or fewer lunge passes, a 35% completion rate that was the worst of his career in those situations.
Cheetahs were only 2 of 12 (16.7%) in third place a week after they were 4 of 11 (36.4%) against the Browns.
That’s not all Mayfield’s fault, but franchise quarterbacks tend to make big plays with the game on the line, and he didn’t.
The third and sixth play amplified it.
“We were trying to get it Christian [McCaffrey] In a quick play, because we would have liked it to be fourth [if we failed]Coach Matt Roll said. “Once upon a time it was a sack….
“And that was really the tale of the second half; it was our inability to handle pressure and pressure packs in third.
On a day McCaffrey crossed 100 yards (102 yards, 15 holders) for the first time since 2019 and the defense stopped the Giants as they ran back. I will be Barclay For most of the day, Mayfield and the rest of the offense failed to make enough plays.
Rhule is quick to point out that the team is getting close, that Mayfield has only been in the system for a few months now and that he is getting better.
But if Mayfield doesn’t start playing and winning games, as ridiculous as that may sound, there could be a bang to make a difference. Sam Darnold Back in the fifth week, when he qualifies to get out of the injured reserve and come back from spraining his left high ankle.
Rhule Don’t look that far. He does not look at the movements of other individuals even though he has basically played three receivers – DJ MoreAnd the Robbie Anderson And the She Smith – For two weeks.
“We are now at that point where we don’t need to change,” Roll said. “We just need to battle and move on. That for me is how you get over the hump.”
Mayfield has a reputation for being a fighter, but so far that hasn’t been enough to get the team out of the middle.
“If we can protect the quarterback, we have guys who can open up and make the plays,” said Ruhl. “But if we’re under duress and kind of running around all the time, it’s hard to do.”
If that doesn’t change, the Panthers will be in a precarious position as they have to start over on the quarterback for the fourth year in a row.
Mayfield continues to focus on this season. It is reported that the Panthers did not play the NFC South, with the first game coming up against the New Orleans Saints 1-1 (1 p.m. EST, FOX).
“We just have to settle down and believe in what we can,” he said. “We just need to have faith in the process and trust that it will come, because as soon as it happens, we will start working.”