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Or so it all seemed. "Obviously you can't always make it happen, that's going to be what we're striving for".

"I told those guys in there, 'I'll take this one, '" Stafford said. It's like the Jets' "New Jack City" defense knew what was coming.

It's also the debut of new Lions head coach Matt Patricia, the long-time defensive coordinator under Bill Belichick on the New England Patriots.

The Lions were unimpressive in the preseason, but it's always tough to tell how much that really matters.

The new and improved running game looked like the old one. Enunwa turned upfield and dragged two Detroit defenders the last 4 yards into the end zone for a 21-yard score.

RB Isaiah Crowell on his 62-yard TD run late in the third quarter.

Patricia was asked if he saw any bright spots.

"There's not a lot to be happy about", Patricia said. "He gave us the rules and he came in with energy". Darnold was sacked just twice and for the most part had the time he needed to throw.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford was intercepted four times. He was thoroughly outplayed by Darnold, who was able to stick to a tightly scripted game plan with help from the Lions' massive breakdowns across the board. Darnold completed 16 of his 21 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns, looking like a savvy veteran and not a 21-year-old making his National Football League debut.

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Now I don't expect Brady to all of a sudden forget how to play quarterback, but he will now be under a microscope. Instead, he says he remembers that he and the offense "had the opportunity to put the game away and we didn't".

Yes, another A+. Aside from one drive in which the Lions carved up the Jets on a quick scoring drive, the Jets secondary was fantastic.

"On that interception, I was pretty nervous", Darnold said.

I'm going to go with NO here and I'm not going to overthink it. That included a 41-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson in the second quarter. Cornerback Quandre Diggs had the return.

While the numbers for the late game between the Raiders and the Rams seemed to have held steady with a year ago, that too could be a misleading fact. In all, the Lions played 2:15 of good football out of 60 minutes. It was a sight all too familiar for Jets quarterbacks during an ongoing eight-year playoff drought.

The Jets scored 31 points in the stanza, their most in any quarter since 2008. They added a field goal for good measure. It doesn't matter if you're on offense or defense. Veteran Andre Roberts took it back 43 yards into Lions territory. Jameis Winston had his first pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown in 2015. I think we could see a big offensive night from Detroit, starting early, so I'm going YES here.

It has been a laughing point between us for 50 years.

Do I expect the Lions to beat the 49ers, 42-0, on Sunday?

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