National Football League rookie Darnold guides Jets past Lions

National Football League rookie Darnold guides Jets past Lions

National Football League rookie Darnold guides Jets past Lions

The best storylines are written after the game.

"I know it sounds insane, but we're a lot better football team than we showed", tackle Taylor Decker said.

Guys like Andre Roberts, Henry Anderson, Isaiah Crowell and Jason Myers - not so much.

- Matt Patricia made his head-coaching debut with the Lions on Monday night and it did not go very well at all. He did not let the poor decision, precipitated by a poor play call by new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, on the wheel-route interception across the field snowball. He is expected to put his stamp of Patriots preeminence on the Lions. They've always been tough. The results speak for themselves, though, as their three running backs combined to rack up 175 rushing yards and the Lions only registered two sacks and zero quarterback hits.

"There's not a lot to be happy here, as far as that's concerned", Patricia said.

It's as good an explanation as any we can come up with. Later in the game, Adams would come away with his first career interception.

QB comparison: Matthew Stafford is easily one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the league, and probably in the top half dozen. Darnold was turnover prone previous year in college throwing 13 picks and fumbling the ball 12 times in 14 games. Instead of a quick slant or something similarly easy to get Darnold settled in, the Jets got tricky.

Detroit did a lot to try to shore up the running game this offseason, drafting Kerryon Johnson and adding LeGarrette Blount.

The former USC star, drafted No. 3 overall, shook off the nerves and finished 16 of 21 for 198 yards and two touchdowns. "I hope I never have to say that again".

"I think we've all rallied around each other".

I'm going to go with NO here and I'm not going to overthink it.

Darnold, the youngest quarterback starter since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, overcame a pick-6 (an interception returned for a touchdown) on his first pass attempt when he elected to roll to his right and throw across the field on his first snap. Five snaps under pressure is obviously a small sample size to work with, but the Lions' pass rush wasn't expected to be good this season (24th) so it is hard to know for sure how good Darnold can be in the National Football League until he at least faces the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4, a team ranked second in pass-rushing ability and first for pass coverage before the season started. Protected in the pocket or not, Stafford is a good, veteran arm, and unless Trumaine Johnson improves New York's secondary overnight, he should find a couple big plays with Marvin Jones and Golden Tate returning out wide. Not with Diggs' TD return.

The game continued, and the Jets outplayed the Lions in every phase.

WR Robby Anderson on the offense's play in the win over the Lions.

"We wanted to make sure we came out and made a statement in this game", NY linebacker Darron Lee said.

Time lapse: The Jets scored 31 points in 12:20. "They run pretty true to whatever they get out of their formations and everybody knew it". He also sat during the anthem throughout last season. He'll be the first quarterback to make his debut on Monday Night Football.

It has been a laughing point between us for 50 years.

Do I expect the Lions to beat the 49ers, 42-0, on Sunday?

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