New York Jets vs. Detroit Lions

Jets ready to find out if they have enough help for Sam Darnold

Modal Trigger Leonard Williams, Matthew Stafford and Sam Darnold Getty Images Paul J. Bereswill

Before the 2018-2019 National Football League season kicked off for the Detroit Lions Monday night at home against the New York Jets, the Lions chose to have a hometown legend serve as an honorary captain and do their coin toss.

That was followed by Lee's pick-six, the first the Jets have had since Antonio Allen picked off Tom Brady and scored on October 20, 2013.

That decidedly Jets drought came to an end on Monday.

"We wanted to make sure we came out and made a statement in this game", NY linebacker Darron Lee said.

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The referee for the game is Bill Vinovich, who is refereeing his ninth Jets game since 2004, including the 2006 playoff game at New England and the 2015 home win over Miami. The last time they scored a defensive touchdown, it came via an Antonio Allen interception off Tom Brady in 2013. 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.

Roberts then tiptoed down the sideline for a 78-yard score, erasing the memory of the Jets' shaky special teams in the preseason. NY capped the quarter when Isaiah Crowell scored on a 62-yard run with 54 seconds left, making the score 48-17.

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.

Darnold's start to this game was pretty much the worst-case scenario. Darnold faked a handoff left to Bilal Powell and rolled right.

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Darnold couldn't possibly have scripted a worse start to his National Football League career, and you won't be surprised to see that Twitter showed him no sympathy.

The Lions ended up with 39 yards on 15 carries. Darnold converted a third down with his legs to take the Jets into field goal range.

An anemic first quarter of offense set the tone. Big-ticket CB Trumaine Johnson joins CB Mo Claiborne, S Jamal Adams (but no Marcus Maye also due to injury) and a secondary that is billing itself as "New Jack City". He threw his first touchdown pass with 1:51 left in the first quarter.

Stafford was 27 of 46 for 286 yards and a TD pass to Golden Tate early in the third quarter to tie it at 17. Matt Patricia's Lions had a two-deep coverage on the play, which should have prevented against any deep throws.

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The Detroit Lions will kick off their 2018 season against the New York Jets, and the consensus about their first game (7:10 p.m. EDT, ESPN, ESPN2) is about as firm as Sunday night's second-half lead by the Chicago Bears - in other words, not very. The Jets stocked their defense with all these young starters, and then they added their hopeful face of the franchise.

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