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P.J. Walker leading Panthers past Lions in Week 11

P.J. Walker has looked promising in his first NFL start and is on pace to knock off the Lions while filling in for Teddy Bridgewater.

Carolina Panthers quarterback P.J. Walker makes a throw during pre-game activities before the start against the Detroit Lions at Bank of America Stadium.  Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Welp, he just threw his second interception and it was once again in the end zone. The Panthers have a 17-0 lead, but this is not helpful.

P.J. Walker is thriving in his first-ever NFL start for the Carolina Panthers against the Detroit Lions. The former XFL star has put together a strong stat line while filling in for the injured Teddy Bridgewater (knee) and has looked comfortable under Matt Rhule, who coached him at Temple.

Walker is 24-of-32 passing for 258 yards with a touchdown and an interception. While he made a mistake in an enemy territory by throwing a pick in the end zone, he bounced back by throwing his first NFL touchdown pass to Curtis Samuel later in the contest.

Walker has a quarter and some change to play and is on track to get the Panthers a win while maintaining the fantasy value of Carolina’s wideouts. He’s taken a liking to D.J. Moore, who’s racked up 127 receiving yards on seven catches. Samuel has eight catches for 70 yards and a score.