Lions Hope Monday Night Game Restores the Roar After Muted Preseason


And for the first time, Patricia will be an National Football League head coach in a game that counts Monday night in Detroit against the New York Jets.

"We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line", Lee said Monday night. That led to Isaiah Crowell's 6-yard touchdown run. "But you try to do a good job of gauging your players and how they're handling the week".

"We watched (his) college film, obviously", Bowles said of the 24-year-old, who spent two years out of football after a brief stint earlier this decade at the Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. "JETS! JETS!" A crew clad in green and white filed into seats in four sections along the NY sideline and appeared to outnumber Detroit fans who stuck around for the bitter end. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that's some really poor defense.

"I would have liked to have gotten it, but I'm happy for D. Lee", cornerback Morris Claiborne said.

Matt Cassel came in at quarterback briefly in the third when Stafford was crunched between two defenders while attempting a pass.

Sam Darnold showed he could recover from a careless mistake - a promising trait for any rookie quarterback.

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In 2017 we saw 227 targets from Matt Stafford go to just Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr. and we should expect more of the same this year.

The Jets even said after the game they were able to figure out Detroit's signals. Darnold is going to win games, and he's going to headline the highlight reel, and the Jets just might be close in record to the Lions by season's end anyway.

"Not going to walk through all of the (interceptions)", Stafford said Monday. "We'll get better moving forward". "I hope I never have to say that again". But the Jets struck gold in the preseason by balancing the ground game with the spry pocket maneuvering of Darnold and now-departed backup Teddy Bridgewater. It's unreasonable to ask him to do what he did against the Lions, but he needs to continue to make big plays and bring consistency to the defense. Throw in Stafford's pick-six and a punt return for a touchdown and there wasn't much chance of the Lions coming back in this one. At one point late in the game, he was caught mouthing "I give up". They added a field goal for good measure.

Sam Darnold's first snap as QB of the New York Jets was a historic one.

From the archives: It will be 50 years ago this week - September 15, 1968 - that the Lions opened the regular season at Dallas. His first career pass was picked off by Lions defensive back Quandre Diggs and returned for a touchdown.

Detroit is at San Francisco next weekend. But you can see it, and they can see it, lasting much longer than that.