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Sam Darnold has thrown two touchdown passes in his National Football League debut as the New York Jets scored 31 unanswered points in the third quarter to ruin Matt Patricia's debut as head coach and thump the Detroit Lions 48-17. The blocking the Jets got out of the group played a big role in the success of the running game, and when called upon, they did their part in the passing game. "But you try to do a good job of gauging your players and how they're handling the week". It was a sight all too familiar for Jets quarterbacks during an ongoing eight-year playoff drought. We knew everything. That's just preparation as a defense.

"The offense paints a picture for you each and every week to tell you what they're gonna do", Jets safety Jamal Adams told the Post, "as long as you study your opponent". 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.

"I'm going to be most disappointed in myself", Patricia said after the loss. 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.

Well, according to a few of the Jets defenders, they knew what play was coming based off the Lions formation and hand signals given by quarterback Matt Stafford. "A couple good plays aren't going to win games". That included a 41-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson in the second quarter. "Definitely something of a bright point for the team, for sure", Lee said, "but as a defense, it doesn't change what we have to do". It was probably one of the best I've been around as far as preparing for the game. And the former defensive coordinator got a rude welcome to the new gig of head coach. But the Jets struck gold in the preseason by balancing the ground game with the spry pocket maneuvering of Darnold and now-departed backup Teddy Bridgewater. The Jets then took control.

Playing the Chiefs at home, Pennington totaled 237 yards on a very efficient 22-for-29 through the air with two touchdowns and one interception.

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Darron Lee celebrates a play in the second half against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Darnold and Jets look great: Sam Darnold's impressive debut was made possibly by the Jets' vastly improved defense.

Working together with the D-line, the Jets held Detroit to just 39 yards on fifteen carries.

Darnold's first pass had the worst possible outcome in a pick-six, but he bounced back immediately.

Lions: Visit the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

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