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

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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. Linebacker Darron Lee told reporters after the game that the offense was easy to read.

One uniform wrinkle to report: The Jets will add one more white accessory to their white jerseys and white trousers - white facemasks, which they've only worn twice in the previous two seasons, on Thursday night at Buffalo in '16 and against Jacksonville at home past year. Giants fans even got in the fun, sharing their delight at their team taking running back Saquon Barkley instead one pick earlier.

"I know that just because I got named the starter doesn't mean that we won the game Monday night", Darnold said during the past week.

"They're always very smart", Bowles said. "We are excited, we are proud of him-we are proud of everybody who contributed to this win".

Darnold won the starting job in the preseason, which was no surprise.

Jets running back Isaiah Crowell gained 102 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns. But the difference between the Jets with Darnold and, say, the Browns with Tyrod Taylor in Week 1 of the 2018 National Football League season was that Darnold turned those turnovers into points. The Jets constantly looked like they were a step or two ahead of the Lions. On Lee's first interception, he sat, waited and broke on the ball when Stafford threw it, jumping in front of Theo Riddick for a pick-six of his own.

"I know it sounds insane, but we're a lot better football team than we showed", tackle Taylor Decker said. Credit coach Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates for not putting their rookie in a conservative shell and trusting him not to be shell-shocked. On the next series, the defense set up the rookie again, cornerback Morris Claiborne picking off Stafford inside Lions territory. 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.

"They're gonna have to play around Darnold".

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But on this night, at least, the Jets and their fans were completely justified in believing that there are big things to come with Darnold at quarterback. It'll probably be a low-scoring game. Darnold again had an answer.

Lee's second interception led to Jason Myers' 32-yard field goal to make it 41-17.

Maybe it was just poor coverage by Detroit, but Roberts also had a 43-yard punt return in the first quarter in addition to his touchdown.

Earlier this offseason, a few weeks after Darnold was drafted, he joined a group of his teammates for dinner at Tao restaurant in Manhattan. For Adams, their 2017 first-round pick, it was the first of his career.

The defense barely let the Lions breathe in Matt Patricia's head coaching debut. Darnold came back instead with fearlessness and unflappability, tapping into a trait the best veteran QBs have - selective amnesia.

That scenario happened immediately.

With both teams making several additions in free agency and the NFL Draft, what are the odds looking like going into their week one matchup?

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