Jets Completely Bury Lions With Big Punt Return and Rushing TDs

Jets Completely Bury Lions With Big Punt Return and Rushing TDs

Jets Completely Bury Lions With Big Punt Return and Rushing TDs

Darnold made the mistake of throwing back across the field on the play, which was designed for him to roll right. It all was very Jets-like.

Somehow the Jets went 73 games without that happening.

The rookie quarterback steadied himself quickly. Crowell's 62-yard burst into the end zone capped off the Jets' third-quarter explosion.

Who were those guys dressed in Jets uniforms?

Jets players said they weren't stealing signals; they attributed it to thorough preparation and scouting. Things are not supposed to go this well for the Jets. The rookie quarterback thought he played "pretty well", but you saw more than that, and so did the players who suited up next to him, who cheered him on from the sidelines, who told him they weren't anxious after he threw a pick-six on the very first play of his first-ever National Football League game. But who knew they would come in such rapid succession, all in the same game?

Darnold couldn't possibly have scripted a worse start to his National Football League career, and you won't be surprised to see that Twitter showed him no sympathy.

Darnold, the youngest quarterback starter since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, overcame a pick-6 on his first pass attempt.

That breakaway speed was impressive tonight, especially since the Lions have some talented defensive backs in the secondary.

But Darnold is calm and unflappable for a rookie. Absolutely not. In fact, this writer's gut feeling is that there's so much suggesting the Lions should be able to win that NY seems poised for an upset. On his first play from scrimmage, he threw an interception that Quandre Diggs returned 37 yards for a touchdown.

After Matthew Stafford's touchdown pass to Golden Tate tied the game at 17 in the third quarter, Darnold led a six-play, 75-yard drive capped by a 21-yard touchdown to Quincy Enunwa that made it 24-17. And he had plenty of help.

The Jets should expect Darnold to throw many more interceptions in his rookie season. They scored touchdowns on an interception return and a punt return in a 31-point third quarter. If Darnold hits Robby Anderson for a big-gainer or just milks the side of the field where Slay is not, the Jets and a mobile Darnold are more than capable of keeping Detroit on its heels.

It's also the debut of new Lions head coach Matt Patricia, the long-time defensive coordinator under Bill Belichick on the New England Patriots. The Detroit Lions scored on a touchdown on the game's first snap, but it wasn't long before the fans at Ford Field sensed trouble.

After the Jets stopped the Lions' offense, Roberts returned Sam Martin's punt 43 yards to the Lions' 32, giving Darnold great field position. This was a night for optimism for a franchise that far too often has had far too little of it.

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