Bottom drops out of Detroit Lions defense Monday night

Intriguing Jets receivers can make Sam Darnold’s life easier

The New York Jets claimed they knew Matthew Stafford's signals after they intercepted him four times on Monday night. I think after the crowd got really loud after that pick, it was just, 'Oh, shoot.' And then I was like, 'OK, here we go.' You know, it can't get much worse than that, so it was really that kind of thinking that was going on in my head and then just play it and I knew that we had a good team, we have a really, really good team. "I have to do a better job and that's always where I'm going to take it".

Stafford completed 27 of 46 passes for 286 yards, with one touchdown and the Jets cashed in those four Stafford turnovers for 13 points. It's like the Jets' "New Jack City" defense knew what was coming. For example, based on his adjusted net yards per pass, an improvement on the traditional passer rating metric, Darnold was worth 59 yards more than an average quarterback.

Now, imagine you're that fan and your team is getting blown out at home against a rookie quarterback making his first National Football League start.

"I'm going to be most disappointed in myself". Roberts, whom Maccagnan signed to a one-year, $1 million free agent contract in March and earlier broke returns for 43 and 16 yards, then tiptoed down the left sideline 78 yards for the Jets' third touchdown in 2:36.

Facing the Falcons, Nagle went 21-for-37 for a whopping 366 yards, two touchdowns, and finished with a 108.6 quarterback rating. That included a 41-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson in the second quarter.

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. "We'll get better moving forward". Darnold converted a third down with his legs to take the Jets into field goal range.

When the Lions hired general manager Bob Quinn two-plus years ago, the former Patriots executive chose to keep Caldwell in 2016 and gave him a contract extension the next year.

The game continued, and the Jets outplayed the Lions in every phase. Matt Patricia's Lions had a two-deep coverage on the play, which should have prevented against any deep throws. "Hope I never have to say that again".

What the New York Jets displayed on defense and special teams may have been even more encouraging for Darnold and his teammates.

The Lions ended up with 39 yards on 15 carries. If we adjust his performance, and those of other rookie passers, for the era in which each played (meaning we account for the higher passing tendencies of the modern NFL), we see Darnold's debut was solid, but not at all conclusive.

Lions: Visit the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

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