How's that for starters?
The 21-year-old Darnold was the youngest quarterback to start a season opener since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Monday night's action between the Lions and Jets and the late night game between the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Rams left much to be desired. It was probably one of the best I've been around as far as preparing for the game. That might be a leg-up for Patricia on Monday, considering the Jets and Pats are division rivals. The 20-yard pass he made on that drive, rolling to his right and whipping a throw to Terrelle Pryor while on the run, again represented his unusual skill set. We certainly have the same situation from our side; we study opponents the same as everybody else does and you kind of, group, I would say, things into categories based on schemes and systems.
Tip your cap to Brant Boyer's unit. The best storylines are written after the game. Who would be the Jets punt returner?
Andre Roberts' 78-yard punt return was that sensational, a blinding dash paired with a tightrope walk that wrapped a splendid bow around an already remarkable night for the Jets. How about Jason Myers booming eight kickoffs, none of which were returned?
Lynch was the only player on either team to decline to stand during the anthem. Enunwa turned upfield and dragged two Detroit defenders the last 4 yards into the end zone for a 21-yard score.
Sometimes stats don't tell the entire story.
For the present, you'd take Stafford over Darnold on opening night. By halftime, Matthew Stafford and the Lions were trailing, and in the third quarter, they unraveled completely.
The third-year linebacker from Ohio State played his best game in green and white.
And from the personal archives, there are lessons to be learned about going overboard in either direction on one game. I mean, do I really need to have a reason? Now the challenge is to build off this game. (Of course, the Lions ended up making the NFC title game that season).
But if there is anything Patricia has learned from Bill Belichick, it's that an National Football League head coach has to move on quickly. They followed it up in Week 2 by losing the home opener to a mediocre Bills team, led by Todd Collins. "We're happy about this and we'll celebrate until the day after tomorrow, and then it's all about the Miami Dolphins". It's a rivalry game and all bets are off with rivalry games. "Let them gain momentum, gave them field position and just didn't do enough good things", he said.