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Things are not supposed to go this well for the Jets.

Sam Darnold of USC gestures after being picked #3 overall by the New York Jets during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. But who knew they would come in such rapid succession, all in the same game? But considering his performance in terms of rookie first-game efficiency, Darnold (116.8) fit right in between two Hall of Fame Jets rivals, the Dolphins' Dan Marino (108.7) and the Bills' Jim Kelly (119.8). He joined a group of quarterbacks that includes Brett Favre in 1991 and Jameis Winston in 2015 by throwing an interception for a touchdown on his first National Football League pass. Darnold moved to his right and committed the cardinal National Football League sin of lobbing a high pass all the way back across the field to his left in the direction of running back Bilal Powell.

Stafford was then intercepted for the third time as Lee stepped in front of running back Theo Riddick and raced untouched on a 36-yard score.

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Allen, the seventh overall pick in 2018, didn't fare much better than Peterman, going 6-of-15 for 74 yards the rest of the way. Peterman's first interception came in the second quarter, when he overthrew Kelvin Benjamin over the middle of the field.

Give Darnold credit, however, because he calmed down after a tough start. He didn't wilt. He barely seemed to notice, in fact.

Darnold was 11-of-15 for 122 yards and generally stuck to shorter stuff outside of the big throw to Anderson. And he had plenty of help.

It was a night to forget for Lions veteran Matthew Stafford, who made 27 of 46 for 286 yards but was intercepted four times. They scored touchdowns on an interception return and a punt return in a 31-point third quarter. It was the highest-scoring third quarter in team history and trailed only the 34-point second quarter the Brett Favre-led team scored in 2008 against Arizona.

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But the writer covering the Lions for Sports Illustrated, Andy Benoit, says he believes new Lions Head Coach Matt Patricia avoided showing all the tricks he learned as a defensive coach with the perennial Super Bowl favorite New England Patriots during the preseason.

Despite the promising start, the Lions were booed by the home fans throughout the first half.

Below you will find the latest injury report for both teams, courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets. This was a night for optimism for a franchise that far too often has had far too little of it. Now Darnold and company just have to finish the job.

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McCarthy said he was prepared to go with Kizer to start the second half until getting the word from the team doctor in the tunnel. Cobb was certainly deserving of some best "Best Supporting Actor" consideration for his role in Green Bay's reversal of fortune.