Darnold sharp, but Jets’ rout of Lions a total team effort

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       Andre Roberts scores 78-yard punt return TD

0:48 Andre Roberts scores 78-yard punt return TD

Detroit is also beginning a new era with head coach Matt Patricia making his regular season head coaching debut for Detroit after six years as the Patriots defensive coordinator. The Jets could've piled on even more in the final minutes but turned the ball over on downs after kneeling to take time off the clock. Look for Eminem to be dropping a new video for his Kamikaze song "Lucky You" with Joyner Lucas this Wednesday afternoon at 1pm ET as well. But even when Lee and other members of the starting defense went up to Darnold after that play and told him he was going to be fine, that they had his back, they nearly felt like it didn't need to be said-they didn't get the sense that he needed that reassurance. It was nearly like the players knew where Stafford was throwing the ball. That might be a leg-up for Patricia on Monday, considering the Jets and Pats are division rivals.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford was intercepted four times. The Lions heard boos from their home crowd. The hope was Patricia could come over from New England's staff and lift Detroit to the next level, but expectations in Motown seemed a bit tempered after an unimpressive preseason.

An anemic first quarter of offense set the tone. This was a night for optimism for a franchise that far too often has had far too little of it.

Then Darnold threw the pick-six, and that feeling Jets fans know all too well, that of the other shoe dropping, felt like it was happening quickly, too.

The last two quarterbacks, before Darnold, to have their first career passes intercepted and returned for a touchdown? Stafford went 27 of 46 for 286 yards, but it was his first four-interception game since 2013.

But by halftime, the Jets were up 17-10, and Darnold's debut was looking a lot better.

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.

Rafael Nadal needs 5 sets, almost 5 hours to outlast Dominic Thiem
Thiem opened his tournament in NY by thrashing Sofia champion Mirza Basic 6-3 6-1 6-4. Thiem faced Kevin Anderson (5) in the fourth round and won in straight sets.

Perhaps most distressing, the Jets said they had a read on Stafford's signals.

"I'm going to be most disappointed in myself".

"They're always very smart", Bowles said.

"We're going to play better every game, that's our goal", wide receiver Quincy Enunwa said.

Darnold earned the right to start in Week 1 over journeyman team favorite Josh McCown because he showed good leadership qualities and a feel for defenses beyond his years. Rookie Kerryon Johnson had only five carries, and Detroit ran for just 39 yards.

They scored 31 straight in the third quarter to pull away, sending Detroit's fans for the exits and setting off a jolly green party in the Motor City. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah left with a shoulder injury. At least the empty seats couldn't boo.

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