"We were calling out their plays as he's getting up to the line", Lee said. He also took a big hit as he let go of the ball.
Darnold completed 16 of 21 passes for 198 yards and two TDs. His next pick came on a ball that he took out of mid-air, pretty much sealing the deal for the Jets. There were just too many points allowed on defense.
"I would have liked to have gotten it, but I'm happy for D. Lee", cornerback Morris Claiborne said.
Unruffled, Darnold led the Jets on their first scoring drive later in the quarter, with Crowell producing a 6-yard TD run. A future that has the potential to be a bright one thanks to the big announcement that the Jets will have rookie quarterback Sam Darnold starting the season under center. Like Belichick, Patricia went hard on players in training camp, which many of them were apparently not accustomed to. One of those interceptions was by Lee, who took it back 30 yards for a touchdown, the Jets' first defensive score in five seasons. But even when Lee and other members of the starting defense went up to Darnold after that play and told him he was going to be fine, that they had his back, they nearly felt like it didn't need to be said-they didn't get the sense that he needed that reassurance.
Darnold joined Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston (2015) and Brett Favre (1991) as quarterbacks who had their first pass intercepted and returned for a score. "There's not a lot of, 'Hey, good job!' There's a lot of, 'Hey, bad job, bleep, bleep, bleep'". Matthew Stafford threw two interceptions. The team was still in the game after one half of football, but the adjustments at halftime, or lack thereof, came to light in the third quarter.
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The Jets had played an National Football League record 73 games, dating to 2013, without a defensive TD before Lee returned one of his two interceptions 36 yards for a score in the third. "Hope I never have to say that again". 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. "And those guys (on the Lions) - everybody was ready to play, including myself". His cool and calm ways were respected and they appreciated that he cared about them off the field.
Sam Darnold arrived in NY with about as much fanfare as any Jet since Joe Namath.
The Lions ended up with 39 yards on 15 carries. Mel Farr scored the first touchdown on a screen pass from rookie quarterback Greg Landry to give the Lions a 7-0 lead.
Detroit is at San Francisco next weekend.
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.