Jets' Sam Darnold throws pick-6 on first career play

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Sam Darnold threw two touchdown passes in his National Football League debut, and the New York Jets scored 31 unanswered points in the third quarter to ruin Matt Patricia's head-coaching debut and thump the host Detroit Lions 48-17 on Monday night. Or as giddy as Bowles gets.

Down 17-10 at halftime, Detroit responded by going 75 yards in only four plays, tying the game on Stafford's 24-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate.

Almost everything went right for the Jets. He was poised, efficient and made enough throws to make believers out of even the biggest Jets skeptics. The rookie became the youngest (21 years and 97 days old) Week 1 starting QB since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

The defense barely let the Lions breathe in Matt Patricia's head coaching debut. He went 27-for-46 for 286 yards and one touchdown. It was the Jets' first defensive touchdown since 2013. He was mercifully taken out of the game midway through the fourth quarter and replaced by Matt Cassel with Detroit down 31. They found out quickly Patricia was bringing a change of pace: a demonstrative and louder leader. "We had too many of them, I had too many of them".

But the Jets answered in resounding fashion. For Adams, their 2017 first-round pick, it was the first of his career. It was the first of two interceptions by Lee. If they establish the run vs. Detroit, which is a very real possibility, they will lighten Darnold's burden, keep the ball out of Matthew Stafford's hands and keep the score low - which is exactly how they can win.

Andre Roberts had a tremendous game returning punts.

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As much as Darnold struggled with turnovers at USC, he had the moxie to overcome them and spark comebacks in a lot of games. Darnold made the mistake of throwing back across the field on the play, which was designed for him to roll right. LeGarrette Blount, Sylvester Williams, Luke Wilson, Ricky Jean-Francois, and Deshawn Shead each signed one year deals in free agency. He tried to hit Bilal Powell running into space to his left, but Diggs was waiting and pounced on the pass.

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If Darnold himself isn't getting the job done, then the Jets' running backfield just might. A sack from Ezekiel Ansah on third down ended the drive. "JETS! JETS!" A crew clad in green and white filed into seats in four sections along the NY sideline and appeared to outnumber Detroit fans who stuck around for the bitter end. He completed 11 of 14 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown over the remainder of the first half.

While Darnold and the offense were finding their groove, the Jets defense was dominating.

"The way he came in just set the tone right away", Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis said. Their only first down came from a Jets penalty.

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

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