Twitter reacts to Sam Darnold throwing pick-six on first National Football League pass

Jets-Lions preview Bowles’ progression will also prove to be a focus of this season

The New York Jets and Detroit Lions are set to face off Monday night in Detroit.

That was followed by Lee's pick-six, the first the Jets have had since Antonio Allen picked off Tom Brady and scored on October 20, 2013.

And if the Lions come out with unfamiliar packages to confuse Darnold, Bowles said the Jets will just adjust.

Late in the game, just before Cassel threw an interception, hundreds of NY fans chanted: "J-E-T-S, JETS!" 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. The last time they scored a defensive touchdown, it came via an Antonio Allen interception off Tom Brady in 2013. The Jets matched their road victory total from last season (with one) and set a franchise record for points in a road game. The Jets intercepted Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford four times. Enunwa scored on a catch-and-run TD, and then Lee delivered his pick-six, and then Roberts turned in a 78-yard punt return TD-and suddenly the Jets felt about this game how they feel about Darnold: pretty darn sure.

After the Jets kicked a field goal, running back Isaiah Crowell, who had 10 carries for 102 yards in his Jets debut, broke off a 62-yard touchdown run that gave NY a 31-point lead. On his first play from scrimmage, he threw an interception that Quandre Diggs returned 37 yards for a touchdown. He tried to hit Bilal Powell running into space to his left, but Diggs was waiting and pounced on the pass.

As the final seconds ticked off on the Lions' humiliating 48-17 loss Monday night, general manager Bob Quinn stepped into an elevator on Ford Field's press level and slumped against the back corner, mouth agape, eyes down - the picture of complete bewilderment.

The start to Darnold's National Football League career was as ignominious as it gets.

The Lions ended up with 39 yards on 15 carries.

After the Jets stopped the Lions' offense, Roberts returned Sam Martin's punt 43 yards to the Lions' 32, giving Darnold great field position.

The Jets dominated in all phases. Big-ticket CB Trumaine Johnson joins CB Mo Claiborne, S Jamal Adams (but no Marcus Maye also due to injury) and a secondary that is billing itself as "New Jack City".

"They're gonna have to play around Darnold". He threw his first touchdown pass with 1:51 left in the first quarter. That included a 41-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson in the second quarter.

Apparently, the Jets had a hint on where Stafford was throwing the ball.

Darnold, the third pick of the April draft named by head coach Todd Bowles on Labor Day as the Jets' opening-night starter, knows he's got a lot on his shoulders, but he's handling it the maturity that teammates, fans and reports have noticed since he arrived.

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