Darron Lee is Jets Wire's Week 1 Player of the Game

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In the second half of New York's game against the Lions, Darron Lee intercepted Matthew Stafford's pass and took it 36 yards for a touchdown. And obviously there's a constant communication with the players to say, 'Are we good on this?

The running back then scored a touchdown a few minutes into the game.

"It's always good to have fans on the road when you're winning". It was a sight all too familiar for Jets quarterbacks during an ongoing eight-year playoff drought. Just seemed like we were in his head as a defense, but that's just preparation for us all around.

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

Coming off two straight 5-11 losing seasons isn't easy for the Jets but they are slowly building a contender for the future. The rookie quarterback thought he played "pretty well", but you saw more than that, and so did the players who suited up next to him, who cheered him on from the sidelines, who told him they weren't anxious after he threw a pick-six on the very first play of his first-ever National Football League game.

"I'm going to be most disappointed in myself", he also said.

Perhaps most distressing, the Jets said they had a read on Stafford's signals.

"We're going to play better every game, that's our goal", wide receiver Quincy Enunwa said.

Darnold joined Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston (2015) and Brett Favre (1991) as quarterbacks who had their first pass intercepted and returned for a score.

"On that interception, I was pretty nervous", Darnold said. At one point late in the game, he was caught mouthing "I give up". And the former defensive coordinator got a rude welcome to the new gig of head coach.

The only reason this isn't an A+ for rookie QB Sam Darnold was the interception he threw to start the game that the Lions brought back for an early lead.

Surely, the Lions had righted the ship and would take control?

Then the game started, and for about 10 seconds - as long as it took Sam Darnold's arm punt to be returned for a pick-six on the Jets' first play - the Lions were the best team in the building. The Jets would go on to defeat Houston 24-7, and "The Sanchize" was officially born.

What the New York Jets displayed on defense and special teams may have been even more encouraging for Darnold and his teammates.

From the archives: It will be 50 years ago this week - September 15, 1968 - that the Lions opened the regular season at Dallas. Leonard Williams, first-round pick in 2015; Lee, first-round pick in 2016; and Jamal Adams, first-round pick in 2017.

Detroit is at San Francisco next weekend.

No. But I never thought they'd play so poorly against the Jets.

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