Darnold stars in debut, leads Jets past Lions

Darnold stars in debut, leads Jets past Lions”

Forget the yards. Forget every statistical hope-filled blessing Sam Darnold bestowed upon the Jets' success-starved fan base in Monday night's 48-17 season-opening victory over the Lions.

Darnold threw a pick-six on his first career pass against the Lions on Monday night.

After the Jets kicked a field goal, running back Isaiah Crowell, who had 10 carries for 102 yards in his Jets debut, broke off a 62-yard touchdown run that gave NY a 31-point lead.

One victory doesn't make the Jets a Super Bowl team, but the lopsided nature of this one is hard to ignore, and now NY has winnable games the next two weeks against Miami and at Cleveland.

While Darnold and the offense were finding their groove, the Jets defense was dominating. A few minutes later, Andre Roberts returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown, the first punt return for a score since 2012. Stafford was 27 of 46 for 286 yards and a TD pass to Golden Tate early in the third quarter to tie it at 17.

After 26 more National Football League teams got their 2018 seasons under way Sunday, it's time tonight for the last two games of Week 1.

Matt Patricia has appeared to push the Detroit Lions more than they ever were under Jim Caldwell. Darnold made the mistake of throwing back across the field on the play, which was designed for him to roll right. Darnold flipped the ball to a referee after the final kneel down, and the official gave it right back before shaking the rookie's hand. "We've got to go out and execute a lot better on the field". Crowell's 62-yard burst into the end zone capped off the Jets' third-quarter explosion.

"We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line", Lee said.

Roberts' 78-yard return gave NY a three-touchdown advantage. Morris Claiborne and Trumaine Johnson both intercepted Stafford in the first half.

"That was awesome to be able to see them doing their thing", Darnold said.

His game highlight reel included one superb pinpoint pass to Robby Anderson for a 41-yard touchdown in the second quarter which helped put the Jets 17-7 ahead.

Heading into this Week 1 matchup, the Jets will be without two key starting players. OG T.J. Lang left the game with a back injury.

Lions: Visit the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

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