New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions

Todd Bowles has to make his stand now to keep coaching Jets

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That's how Detroit Lions fans felt on Monday night when Sam Darnold and the Jets put an absolute beat-down on the Lions.

It actually began with a flourish for Detroit when Quandre Diggs intercepted rookie Sam Darnold on the first play from scrimmage and went 37 yards for a touchdown. A fantastic debut for the third overall pick. On paper, New York's backs aren't particularly inspiring - Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell headline the group.

Even worse, consider that the late game featured a major market team from Los Angeles, Jon Gruden's return to coaching, and the fact that the game was competitive; with both teams tied at 13-13 with one minute remaining in the third quarter. He showed can make all the big throws: His first National Football League touchdown was a 41-yard pass down the sideline to Quincy Enunwa.

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"We were calling out their plays as he's getting up to the line'" Lee told reporters. Kenny Golladay had seven catches for 114 yards.

In 2017 we saw 227 targets from Matt Stafford go to just Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr. and we should expect more of the same this year.

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Now, the rookie QB did exhibit numerous positive traits on Monday night that swayed coach Todd Bowles to make Darnold, 21, the youngest quarterback to ever start a season-opening game.

There's still al lot of work that needs to be done before Darnold is up there with the likes of Namath, but this is a great start for a team who waited too long for a franchise quarterback. On nearly every pass, a Jets defender was waiting in the wings for the interception or tackle.

The Lions ended up with 39 yards on 15 carries.

New York's defense made five interceptions, including two by Darron Lee, one of which he returned for a score. After going 9-for-29 for 117 yards and one interception, Nagle was taken out with Ken O'Brien replacing him. Trumaine Johnson, Morris Claiborne and Jamal Adams also picked off passes in a big opener for the Jets' "New Jack City" secondary. Just 67 seconds later, the Jets scored again on a 78-yard punt return by Andre Roberts. That was his second field goal make. It was nearly like the players knew where Stafford was throwing the ball.

In addition to their in-game dominance, the Jets clearly won the battle of pre-game preparation as well.

The Detroit Lions will kick off their 2018 season against the New York Jets, and the consensus about their first game (7:10 p.m. EDT, ESPN, ESPN2) is about as firm as Sunday night's second-half lead by the Chicago Bears - in other words, not very.

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