Darnold shakes off pick-6, guides Jets past Lions


After a lopsided affair at Ford Field in which Stafford threw four interceptions en route to a 48-17 loss, Jets linebacker Darron Lee made a bold proclamation. He was also the first quarterback to win his first start by 31 or more points since Tom Brady in 2001, per ESPN Stats & Info. "We're confident that they'll go out and play".

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

Matty P has a whole lotta work to do on a short week, as just about everything that could have gone wrong did indeed go wrong for his Lions.

The former USC star shook off the rough start by completing 16 of 21 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Namath went 19-for-40 for 287 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, which came out to a 67.4 quarterback rating.

The embarrassment wasn't just on the defensive side. Andre Roberts contributed a 78-yard punt return for another touchdown, and Quincy Enunwa caught six passes for 63 yards, including the go-ahead score. Veteran kicker Matt Prater also missed a pair of field goals. Not only was the unit ineffective, but extremely predictable.

In a 7:10 p.m. EDT kickoff, ballyhooed rookie quarterback Sam Darnold makes his regular-season pro debut for the New York Jets, at Detroit.

The Jets even said after the game they were able to figure out Detroit's signals. Jamal Adams chalked up the Jets' fifth interception in garbage time off backup Matt Cassel.

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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. "Our film study this week was great". "The offense paints a picture". And yet there is something positive to take away from Detroit's woeful stretch: They enter with largely the same core of playmakers - a group that should give the Jets trouble.

Similar to a year ago, the Lions didn't show much ability to stop the running game. Kerryon Johnson could end up with the most carries, but we all know LeGarrette Blount will be in on any short yardage situations, including if and when the Lions march into the red zone.

As bad as his debut was, Patricia was not alone among his head-coaching brethren this weekend.

You're probably aware Jon Gruden returns to head coaching with the Oakland Raiders after a decade in the Monday Night Football TV booth as analyst.

But if there is anything Patricia has learned from Bill Belichick, it's that an National Football League head coach has to move on quickly. "We liked what we saw on film and as we brought him in, he continues to get better and better".

However, Monday he flipped the switch and put on a show.