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What Sam Darnold learned in Week 7 loss

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets looks on agains tthe Minnesota Vikings during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets looks on agains tthe Minnesota Vikings during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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In Week 7, the New York Jets got rocked by the Minnesota Vikings with the final score being 37-17. Quarterback Sam Darnold learned a lot from this latest loss and continues to show his leadership.

The New York Jets had a lot of momentum on their side as they prepared for a Week 7 matchup at home against the Minnesota Vikings. Unfortunately, coming off back-to-back wins in front of their home crowd, they couldn’t make it three straight as they got embarrassed by the Vikings 37-17.

Quarterback Sam Darnold easily had the worst game so far in his rookie season. Against the Vikings, Darnold totaled 206 passing yards, 17/42 completions, one touchdown, and three interceptions. Whether it was the cold, windy conditions in MetLife Stadium or the fact that the Jets didn’t have a strong commitment to the run, this was a disaster of a game for Darnold.

Darnold’s rookie season is all about progression and development, regardless of the final record. With the good comes the bad as Darnold undoubtedly learned a lot from this Week 7 loss. Even he knows that it’s all about being consistent and in a strong rhythm in order to keep those chains moving and score touchdowns to end drives.

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Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Darnold learned from Sunday’s big loss to the Vikings:

I learned a lot this game. I just learned to continue to fight. It’s a four-quarter game. I think that’s the biggest thing, is the first half I thought I personally played bad and our offense wasn’t really getting in a rhythm. We look up and we’re getting the ball to start the half and we’re down 10-7. We’ve just got to keep fighting. We were confident in ourselves to go out in the second half and play well. Again, we’ve just got to execute. That’s what it comes down to and we’ve got to do a better job of that.

For being just 21-years-old, Darnold acts and plays like a savvy veteran that understands what pro football is all about. In the grand scheme of things, Darnold continues to take ownership for not just his play under center but the offense as a whole which is such an outstanding display of leadership.

Don’t worry Jets fan, there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel as Darnold will only continue to get better over time. Clearly, the Jets still have a lot of missing pieces needed to build a better supporting cast around him but for now, Darnold is earning a plethora of experience he’ll need for the future. For now, it’s all about what he’s learning from being a starter week in, week out, especially when coming off a loss.

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