Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Detroit Lions dismantled by New York Jets, 48-17, in season opener

Detroit Lions dismantled by New York Jets, 48-17, in season opener

Stafford threw four interceptions - one shy of his career high - and left the game briefly in the third quarter after being hit from the front and back by the swarming, hard-hitting Jets.

At WR, Robby Anderson won't have his fellow free agent wideout Jermaine Kearse in the lineup tonight due to injury, but he will be running with WRs Quincy Enunwa, playing in his first game since the end of the 2016 season due to last summer's neck injury, and Terrelle Pryor, a big, talented target for Darnold.

The Jets should be thrilled with the way their rookie first-round quarterback rebounded from being intercepted on his first National Football League pass.

"That was awesome to be able to see them doing their thing", Darnold said. Darron Lee returned an interception for a touchdown, and Andre Roberts scored on a 78-yard punt return 67 seconds later. He was also the first quarterback to win his first start by 31 or more points since Tom Brady in 2001, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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Darnold threw an interception on the very first snap of his National Football League career - and it was run back for a Detroit touchdown - but New York's quarterback shouldn't sweat that too much after the Jets stormed back and routed the Lions 48-17 on Monday night. The Jets took a 17-10 lead into halftime, and after the Lions briefly tied it up in the third quarter, NY scored 31 unanswered points. "We have to do better, I have to coach better and we have to play better". They've made it to the playoffs three times in their last seven years, going one-and-done each time, and even Barry Sanders admits "it'll be tough" for them to keep up with the division in 2018. (Of course, the Lions ended up making the NFC title game that season).

"We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line", Lee said. Blount ran four times for minus-3 yards. "He's got a lot of enthusiasm and he has a lot of respect for the game and the people around him". "We liked what we saw on film and as we brought him in, he continues to get better and better".

NY scored on the ground and through the air, on defense and on a punt return. Isaiah Crowell had himself a night, taking 10 carries for 102 yards and two touchdowns, including this 62-yard TD rush that further kicked the Lions into the casket.

Detroit is at San Francisco next weekend.

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