I did not get to watch the Panthers game on Sunday as I was stuck at JFK Airport. And the Panthers’ coverage there is lacking. I checked the score periodically and was stunned to see the Panthers in the lead. My exact words to my travel companions were “well it’s fun to see even if it doesn’t last”. Imagine how shocked (and overjoyed) I was to see that in fact that lead lasted until the clock hit zero. While I still have yet to see more than about 30 seconds of highlights of the game, it’s my understanding that PJ Walker played well. He did enough to get the W. Something our previous hodgepodge of quarterbacks hasn’t done often. Sam Darnold is expected to come off of injured reserve this week.
But call me crazy (and naive since I didn’t watch the game) but I’m on board with PJ Walker starting this week and in the near future. He’s proved he can win, and against good competition at that. In my opinion, it’s his job to lose at this point. Darnold doesn’t give us a competitive advantage over Walker, and he’s got the confidence and the momentum. Keep him playing until he gives you a reason he shouldn’t be.
The Most Talked About NFL Quarterbacks in Week 7
So clearly I’m on board the PJ Walker hype train and it seems like much of the fan base is as well. BetCarolina.com took a deep dive into NFL QBs to identify exactly which NFL quarterbacks generate the most noise online and Walker was near the top after last week’s victory. They looked at the number of social posts about each team’s starting QB both during pre-season and after week 7. The most talked about quarterback? Well, it shouldn’t come as a shock that Tua Tagovailoa’s return to the field after two scary injuries garnered him the most attention.
But it’s nice to see a Panther’s QB getting positive attention for once. We haven’t seen that since the height of Cam Newton. Below you’ll find the Top 10 quarterbacks who have seen the largest increase in online chatter since the start of the season. Keep reading to see some of what is being said about the Walker. And if you’d like to check out the full study by BetCarolina you can read it here.