Baker Mayfield > Sam Darnold: Skip Bayless Makes Bold QB Choice After Panthers Go 3-0

Published 09/25/2021, 8:57 AM EDT
Aug 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


The debate between the sterling quarterbacks from the 2018 NFL Draft, Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield seems to be never-ending. It is exactly the kind of competency that they show, never-ending. Baker Mayfield has been a little higher on the podium for the last three years, but this year Darnold may have something up his sleeve.

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The 3-0 unbeaten haul by Sam Darnold has been a remarkable start to the season for the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have achieved this streak for the first time since 2015, the year they won the Super Bowl. Darnold’s seamless victorious streak may lead others to rethink the debate once again.

Sep 23, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (14) runs with the ball during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Skip Bayless still prefers Baker Mayfield

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For a unit that was predicted to undergo a rebuilding slide as they revamped their roster, especially the spot of the quarterback, came to be a surprise for everyone after Darnold started producing such results. Mayfield struggled to get the win against the Chiefs in the season starter, but regained prestige in the second-week clash against the Texans.

However, recently sports columnist and commentator Skip Bayless took to Twitter to express his take on the Mayfield-Darnold debate and said, “I’ll still take Baker Mayfield over Sam Darnold any day or night.” 

Baker Mayfield vs Sam Darnold

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Skip’s view on the debate can be agreed upon though, as Mayfield completely beats Darnold in the stats game over the course of three years. Mayfield has tossed 11,649 yards and 76 touchdowns with 45 interceptions, resulting in a 62.5% completion rate.

Darnold on the other hand has 8,895 yards, 48 touchdowns and 40 interceptions. He’s completed 60.5% of his passes. Mayfield outperforms Darnold in QB rate as well, with 89.6 to 80.2. However, with the likes of a new and more complementing coach in the Panthers, Darnold does seem to rise high this season.

Sep 12, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The debate between the two may seem to go on endlessly, but only the matches down the road will tell who emerges to be the better one among the two.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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