Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Locker Room Sound Bites: Jets-Lions on Opening Night

Locker Room Sound Bites: Jets-Lions on Opening Night

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold bounced back from a disastrous start to his professional career to lead his team to a 48-17 rout of the Detroit Lions on Monday.

"We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line", Lee said. Then, running back Isaiah Crowell rumbled up the middle for a six-yard score - his first touchdown with the Jets. "I have to do a better job and that's always where I'm going to take it".

The 21-year-old rookie was unruffled by the early setback and completed 16 of 21 passes for 198 yards.

It had become a veritable morgue at the end, Jets fans now positioned behind the bench piercing the deathly silence inside Ford Field with a jubilant "J-E-T-S, JETS!" We knew everything. That's just preparation as a defense.

Lee said the Jets had a read on Detroit's signals.

Matt Cassel came in at quarterback briefly in the third when Stafford was crunched between two defenders while attempting a pass. 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.

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

Click play on the video above to watch Roberts' tightrope touchdown! Sam Darnold's first pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.

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"He's always smooth under pressure, he doesn't get rattled, so we weren't anxious whatsoever", Lee said.

I know it's hard to believe, but in reality, Darnold had very little to do with it after his 20-yard dart off a rollout to wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (another newcomer) set up the Enunwa catch-and-run that gave the Jets the lead for good. The last Jets linebacker to pick off two passes in a game was Kyle Clifton in 1990.

Surely, the Lions had righted the ship and would take control?

Maybe it was just poor coverage by Detroit, but Roberts also had a 43-yard punt return in the first quarter in addition to his touchdown. Matthew Stafford threw two interceptions. If the Lions can't find a way to correct things and their plays continue to be predictable, Monday will only be the beginning of things to come. They added a field goal for good measure. Like I've said, it's a loud place.

From the archives: It will be 50 years ago this week - September 15, 1968 - that the Lions opened the regular season at Dallas.

However, numerous subsequent key plays that turned what had all the appearances of a nailbiter into a rout were made by newcomers other than Darnold.

Do I expect the Lions to beat the 49ers, 42-0, on Sunday?

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