The Sam Darnold era began with a bang for the NY Jets, although it didn’t seem like it on their first possession.
The first play of the 21 year old rookie’s career was a pick six against as the Lions scored off the interception to take a 7-0 lead 16 seconds into the game.
But it all turned from there in the Jets favor. When it was all said and done, Gang Green walked out of Detroit with a dominant 48-17 win.
Darnold was not frazzled after the rough start and rebounded to throw 2 touchdown passes and lead the Jets to their most impressive win in many, many seasons. The baby faced rookie was the youngest quarterback to start an opening day NFL game since 1950.
But Darnold was far from the only story for the Jets. The defense was incredible forcing 5 turnovers, all interceptions, including one of their own returned for 6 points. They stunned and harassed Lions quarterback Matt Stafford all night, really putting a major hurt on the veteran Detroit signal caller.
It was a reasonably competitive game in the first half. In fact the game was tied at 17 early in the 3rd quarter before New York took over the game starting with a long touchdown pass from Darnold to Robbie Anderson. From there the onslaught began as Jets linebacker Darron Lee returned an interception for a touchdown to make it 31-17 and Andre Roberts returned a punt 75 yards for a score to make it 38-17.
By now the home fans were making their way to the exits and the remaining Jets fans all let their voices be heard. Fireman Ed led the J-E-T-S cheers loud and clear for all to hear. It was a very surreal situation all around.
Lions Head Coach Matt Patricia was making his head coaching debut. The former Patriots assistant and Bill Belichick disciple and his team were loudly booed by the Lion fans before they made a mass exodus to the parking lot.
It is only one game and the Jets have a short week to prepare now for the Miami Dolphins in their home debut. But this team has to be oozing with confidence now heading into rivalry week with the fish and the Jets home crowd should be that much more amped up for Gang Green to return home.
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