Jets’ Sam Darnold throws pick-6 on first career play

Jets’ Sam Darnold throws pick-6 on first career play

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.

The first was a lowlight as an ill-advised floater across the field was picked off by Lions safety Quandre Diggs and returned for a quick six points.

He joined a group of quarterbacks that includes Brett Favre in 1991 and Jameis Winston in 2015 by throwing an interception for a touchdown on his first National Football League pass. Darnold moved to his right and committed the cardinal National Football League sin of lobbing a high pass all the way back across the field to his left in the direction of running back Bilal Powell.

Andre Roberts then sliced through the Lions cover for a 78-yard punt return to stretch the Jets lead before running back Isaiah Crowell's 62-yard gallop down the sidelines made it 48-17.

"We're going to play better every game, that's our goal", wide receiver Quincy Enunwa said. That was Darnold's only major error, however.

The 21-year-old Darnold became the youngest quarterback to start a season opener since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, and he got off to an inauspicious start. The Jets could've scored even more in the final minutes but turned the ball over on downs after kneeling to take time off the clock.

They scored 31 straight in the third quarter to pull away, sending Detroit's fans for the exits and setting off a jolly green party in the Motor City.

Perhaps most distressing, the Jets said they had a read on Stafford's signals.

Detroit did a lot to try to shore up the running game this offseason, drafting Kerryon Johnson and adding LeGarrette Blount.

"We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line", Lee said. Blount ran four times for minus-3 yards.

"I know it sounds insane, but we're a lot better football team than we showed", tackle Taylor Decker said. Do you think we need more? "We'll get better moving forward". But considering his performance in terms of rookie first-game efficiency, Darnold (116.8) fit right in between two Hall of Fame Jets rivals, the Dolphins' Dan Marino (108.7) and the Bills' Jim Kelly (119.8).

New York's defense made five interceptions, including two by Darron Lee, one of which he returned for a score.

Lions: Visit the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

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