Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Jets' Darnold throws pick-six on first career pass

Jets' Darnold throws pick-six on first career pass

Things are not supposed to go this well for the Jets.

The Jets selected him in the third round. But who knew they would come in such rapid succession, all in the same game?

Darnold threw an interception on the very first snap of his National Football League career - and it was run back for a Detroit touchdown - but New York's quarterback shouldn't sweat that too much after the Jets stormed back and routed the Lions 48-17 on Monday night. Diggs had what will probably end up being the easiest pick and touchdown of his career.

But Darnold is calm and unflappable for a rookie. Absolutely not. In fact, this writer's gut feeling is that there's so much suggesting the Lions should be able to win that NY seems poised for an upset. He completed 11 of 14 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown over the remainder of the first half. The rookie became the youngest (21 years and 97 days old) Week 1 starting QB since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. And he had plenty of help. The Jets intercepted Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford four times, backup Matt Cassel once and swarmed the Lions running backs every time they touched the ball. Just 67 seconds later, the Jets scored again on a 78-yard punt return by Andre Roberts.

The Lions would follow with their best offensive drive of the night, but it stalled after getting to the 6-yard-line and the Lions settled for three points to cut the Jets lead to 17-10 at halftime. The New York Jets had gone five years - or 73 games! - without recording a defensive touchdown.

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 17: Head coach Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions talks with a official while playing the New York Giants during a pre season game at Ford Field on August 17, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. But along with that, they should expect him to move on, learn from mistakes and get better at helping them win games. This was a night for optimism for a franchise that far too often has had far too little of it. It's doubtful that the Jets will be a legitimate challenger this season to the Patriots, winners of nine straight and 16 of the last 18 AFC East titles. The key play was a third-and-7 throw that Darnold kept alive by scrambling and finding Enunwa, who made a twisting catch that needed to be reviewed.

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