CHARLOTTE, NC. – It’s too early to say the Carolina Panthers won’t have to select a quarterback in the first round of the 2021 draft

But former XFL star PJ At least on Sunday, Walker showed that he is capable of winning an NFL game – even if he was against the understaffed Detroit Lions

Walker did many good things in the 20-0 win over Teddy Bridgewater, who was inactive at the last minute as he recovered from a sprained right knee that was sustained against Tampa Bay a week ago,

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Walker completed 23 of 43 attempts to pass for 258 yards and a touchdown.With his scrambling in some games, especially a 20-yard pass for DJ Moore, he showed why trainer Matt Rhule walked him over the less mobile Will Grier, to help the Panthers (4-7) end a five-game losing streak

Walker also threw two bad interceptions into the red zone, which made the Detroit defender look like the intended recipient

He was also the benefactor of a Detroit crime that played without three key pieces, in addition to quarterback Matthew Stafford who had a sore right thumb

The Lions were so bad offensive that they faced a team from Carolina four times in the first half, who only managed two punts in their last four games

The result was Carolina’s first shutdown since December 13, 2015, against the Atlanta Falcons, against a Detroit team that hasn’t closed since 2009

Regardless of how Walker revealed when he led the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks to a 5-0 record before the COVID-19 pandemic ended the season, and at Temple, where he helped Rhule rebuild that program, is he a winner

He may not be ready to face the best teams in the NFL, but at least for a day he was ready to beat the Lions (4-6)

That could ease the pressure of using a high pick to develop a quarterback that evolves behind Bridgewater, who is expected to return next Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings

Caffeine Required: Maybe it was Detroit’s ineptitude Maybe it was a largely empty stadium But the only real energy in that game came before the game when Rhule, team owner David Tepper, and general manager Marty Hurney debated whether they were Bridgewater should play

Buy a Breakout Performance: Moore went out of his way to develop consistent chemistry with Bridgewater, but Walker definitely enjoyed going to him Moore had seven catches for a season high of 127 meters, or maybe it’s just the Lions Moore had a career height of 157 yards against Detroit in 2018

Troubling Trend: Mike Davis struggled to produce in the running game for the fifth straight time It’s troubling because on Sunday he only had 64 yards over 19 runs against a Detroit defense who gave up 141 yards per game

Silver Lining: The Panthers could get Bridgewater and run Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) back for next Sunday’s game against Minnesota.This would be a huge boost to the offense on Bridgewater’s first return to Minnesota as a starter as he was at training camp for the 2016 Viking sustained a terrible injury to his left knee

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