7:25 p.m. ET
Key Decisions: None
• A strange game, as it started with an incredibly questionable play call by the Jets: a naked boot play that had rookie QB Sam Darnold throwing the ball all the way across the field. The poor throw and play call resulted in a pick 6 by the Lions and an immediate 7-0 lead in front of a loud Lions home crowd.
• Jets head coach Todd Bowles and his OC Jeremy Bates deserve tremendous credit for their game plan and poise after the pick 6. They continued to stay aggressive with the young QB, and he played a terrific game. Bowles has seen a Matt Patricia defense before, and with Patricia lacking pass rushers (Lions DL Ziggy Ansah left the game with an injury), the Jets knew they would have time to throw the ball. The Jets offense has not had this kind of balance in a long time.
• After falling behind 17-7, the Lions actually did a very good job scoring on two straight possessions to tie the game at 17 shortly after the second half started. However, the Lions offense simply had no rhythm all evening, and the play-calling was uneven. The Lions have not had any patience with their running game in years, and this will be an issue that Patricia has to fix.
• All units performed well for the Jets, and Bowles did a good job with his personnel. On defense, the Jets knew they could get pressure just rushing four, and Bowles was able to use athletic LB Darron Lee in coverage. Lee came up with two key interceptions that helped close out the Lions.
• The only thing Bowles will need to monitor is his clock management; timeouts were getting burned too early in both halves.