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Breaking: Panthers Make Starting Quarterback Change After Week 11 Loss

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The Carolina Panthers fell to 3-8 on the season this past Sunday after a 13-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. 

Carolina's offense as a whole sputtered throughout the contest, evidenced by two costly Baker Mayfield interceptions that diminished a strong defensive showing by the Panthers. 

In light of another poor performance from Mayfield, the Panthers announced Tuesday that Sam Darnold would be the team's starting quarterback against Denver in Week 12. 

"#Panthers will start Sam Darnold this week vs. Denver, they announced," Ari Meirov tweeted Tuesday. 

Darnold's start this Sunday will be the first of his 2022 campaign with the Panthers. 

Predominantly a backup for both Mayfield and the now-injured P.J. Walker this season, Darnold's last meaningful snap came in 2021 when he started 11 games for Carolina. 

In his first season with the Panthers after a three-year stint with the Jets, Darnold led Carolina to a 4-7 record in the 11 games he served as the team's primary signal-caller.  

After that 2021 season - one which Darnold posted the lowest quarterback rating of his career (71.9) - the Panthers made the decision to bring in Mayfield to compete with him and former XFL standout P.J. Walker. 

Unfortunately for Carolina, all three quarterbacks have been plagued by inconsistency, injuries, or both.

Walker, currently sidelined with a high ankle sprain, hasn't performed particularly well in his five starts this season, throwing three touchdowns and three interceptions. Mayfield, on the other hand, just hasn't been the answer that Carolina hoped for at quarterback when acquiring him this past offseason. 

With a Week 12 matchup with the Broncos looming on Sunday, Carolina will now turn to former 3rd overall pick Sam Darnold.