The Jets bounced back in unexpected fashion from a hilariously awful pick-six on Sam Darnold's first career pass to shock the Lions in a 48-17 opening game blowout.
Darnold looked super-nervous early on, but settled down quickly and his long touchdown pass to Robby Anderson gave the Jets a 17-7 lead. When the Lions marched downfield to tie the score on a blown coverage at the start of the third quarter, things weren't looking too promising, but Quincy Enunwa scored on the next drive and the Jets closed out the game with 31 unanswered points.
Darnold finished with less than 200 yards, but barely needed to throw the ball in the second half. He completed 16 of 21 passes and, according to the broadcast crew on ESPN, became the first Jets quarterback to throw for multiple touchdowns in his debut.
The Jets also got big performances from Isaiah Crowell (102 yards and two touchdowns on only 10 carries), Darron Lee (two interceptions, including the first Jets' defensive touchdown following an NFL-record 73 game drought) and Andre Roberts (three big punt returns, including a 78-yard touchdown).
It was far from a perfect performance, as the Jets didn't register a sack and gave up 300 yards through the air (although much of that was in garbage time). Encouragingly, though, two of the team's most maligned units fared well as the pass rush ultimately created some decent pressure and the offensive line held up well for the most part.
This calls for a celebration!
Take it away, bedazzled Calvin Pace...
We'll be breaking down the game in great detail, starting bright and early tomorrow, so make sure you keep checking in early and often.