The New York Jets certainly exceeded expectations in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season. They traveled to Detroit to face the Lions in the first of two Monday night games and despite being the underdogs, came away with a dominant 48-17 win.
Leading 17-10 at halftime, the New York Jets outscored the Detroit Lions 31-7 in the third quarter before a scoreless fourth accounted for the final score. New York scored in a variety of ways in the third quarter, getting a 21-yard touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Sam Darnold to wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown from linebacker Darron Lee, a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown from return man Andre Roberts, a 32-yard field goal from Jason Myers and a 62-yard touchdown run from running back Isaiah Crowell.
As a result of their third-quarter explosion, the Jets surpassed the 40-point mark for the first time since a 48-28 win over the Buffalo Bills in the opening game of the 2012 season.
So such an offensive output literally came out of nowhere.
Darnold was extremely impressive in his first NFL game, as the No. 3 overall pick from the 2018 NFL Draft rebounded from a pick-six on his first snap to put together a nearly flawless performance throughout the rest of the game. Crowell added a strong game on the ground, and the Jets’ defense intercepted five passes, including Lee’s pick-six.
Following a surprising Week 1 win, here’s a look at the three best performers for the Jets against the Lions.
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