Jets vs. Lions: Final Week 1 injury and weather report

Tanya Simon
September 11, 2018

Sam Darnold made a stellar debut despite throwing a pick-6 on his first National Football League pass and the New York Jets intercepted five passes while routing the Detroit Lions 48-17 in their season opener Monday night.

Darnold was drafted with the third overall pick this year, and he earned the start in the season opener for the Jets.

The Jets had played an National Football League record 73 games, dating to 2013, without a defensive TD before Lee returned one of his two interceptions 36 yards for a score in the third.

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.

The Jets dominated in all phases.

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Each team had a field goal attempt in overtime, the Steelers missed a field goal and Pittsburgh blocked Cleveland's field goal. Both the interception - and the touchdown - came later in the game when Taylor and the Browns started to open things up.

Benoit also notes the Lions face a New York Jets team featuring a highly-touted quarterback, Sam Darnold, who is still only a rookie. Brett Favre, Johnny Unitas, and Jameis Winston threw pick-sixes on their first pass attempts too. The Jets could've scored even more in the final minutes but turned the ball over on downs after kneeling to take time off the clock. His play, coupled with a dominant effort from the defense and special teams, had those who made the trip from NY to Detroit in a state of jubilation, quite literally singing the final seconds off the clock. "He's got a lot of enthusiasm and he has a lot of respect for the game and the people around him".

"We knew his signals", Lee said. "Everybody studied." He said they were able to figure out their tendencies based on formation and signals. But considering his performance in terms of rookie first-game efficiency, Darnold (116.8) fit right in between two Hall of Fame Jets rivals, the Dolphins' Dan Marino (108.7) and the Bills' Jim Kelly (119.8). Darnold is going to win games, and he's going to headline the highlight reel, and the Jets just might be close in record to the Lions by season's end anyway. Big-ticket CB Trumaine Johnson joins CB Mo Claiborne, S Jamal Adams (but no Marcus Maye also due to injury) and a secondary that is billing itself as "New Jack City".

Heading into this Week 1 matchup, the Jets will be without two key starting players. CB Darius Slay returned to play after leaving the field to be evaluated for a concussion.

Lions: Visit the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

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