One week after a breakout performance in a win over the Dallas Cowboys, Sam Darnold is struggling mightily tonight against the New England Patriots.
In the first half, Darnold is 6-of-13 passing for 34 yards and a pair of interceptions. He has been under pressure and hasn't looked comfortable in the pocket all evening.
Now, New England's defense is no joke, and it isn't uncommon for a second-year quarterback to have the occasional poor performance. However, Darnold is wearing a mic for tonight's ESPN broadcast, and some of his comments have been quite revealing, none more so than what he said after his second INT.
It was an ugly toss that New England defensive back Duron Harmon intercepted near the goal-line. Reviewing his play on the sideline after the miscue, Darnold was caught admitting he's "seeing ghosts."
Anytime a quarterback says something like that, it's a bad sign. Clearly, Darnold doesn't trust his protection, his reads or a combination of both.
The No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 draft remains immensely talented, and the Jets should still feel good about having Darnold as their franchise quarterback. However, tonight does not seem like it will be his night at all.
At halftime, the Patriots lead the Jets 24-0. This would be New England's eighth-straight win over the AFC East rival.