For the most part this was a fantastic effort from the Jets coaching staff, particularly on defense where they intercepted five passes, four of which came against one of the game's better QB's in Matt Stafford. Jets running back Isaiah Crowell provided the icing on the cake, capping off the scoring with a 62-yard touchdown run in the game's final minute. "But you try to do a good job of gauging your players and how they're handling the week".
Darnold completed 16 of 21 passes for 198 yards and two TDs. The Jets did end up losing, but the team was confident it had a viable starter under center after this performance. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that's some really poor defense. But the difference between the Jets with Darnold and, say, the Browns with Tyrod Taylor in Week 1 of the 2018 National Football League season was that Darnold turned those turnovers into points.
"I'm going to be most disappointed in myself", he also said. 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.
Following the game, the Jets players said that the formations, as well as hand signals from Matthew Stafford, tipped the plays to the NY defenders.
Darnold's 116.8 passer rating was the fourth-highest for a quarterback throwing at least 20 pass attempts in his debut since 1999, the first year data is available from Pro Football Reference. "Obviously we have to coach this a lot better than what we did tonight". I told somebody I was gonna be the first one to score the first defensive touchdown.
Lee picked off Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford twice, one of which was returned for a 36-yard touchdown that shifted the momentum of the game. "Definitely something of a bright point for the team, for sure", Lee said, "but as a defense, it doesn't change what we have to do".
Below you will find the latest injury report for both teams, courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets. The Jets then took control.
Darron Lee celebrates a play in the second half against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. They added a field goal for good measure.
Darnold made the ill-advised decision to roll to his right and throw across the field on his first snap.
Working together with the D-line, the Jets held Detroit to just 39 yards on fifteen carries.
Lions: Visit the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
"They're gonna have to play around Darnold".