Benoit also notes the Lions face a New York Jets team featuring a highly-touted quarterback, Sam Darnold, who is still only a rookie. There weren't many Detroit fans left. "We'll get better moving forward". "I think we all know that and we're all secure and comfortable with that".
The Jets rookie quarterback threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns on 16-of-21 passing, Darron Lee had two of the Jets' five interceptions (including a pick-six) and Andre Roberts returned a punt for a touchdown as NY scored 31 unanswered points in a 48-17 win over the Detriot Lions 41-17 on Monday at Ford Field.
"We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line", Lee said. The Jets matched their road victory total from last season (with one) and set a franchise record for points in a road game. Darnold dropping downfield dimes stunned rookie coach Matt Patricia and the Lions' defense.
QB comparison: Matthew Stafford is easily one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the league, and probably in the top half dozen. "At the same time, I'm confident in myself that I can go out there every day and do that".
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Even if Detroit got into the postseason and lost, Caldwell might've been replaced by Patricia. It seemed to be a unusual play design that was entirely reliant on the Lions defensive backs falling for the misdirection.
The Detroit Lions will kick off their 2018 season against the New York Jets, and the consensus about their first game (7:10 p.m. EDT, ESPN, ESPN2) is about as firm as Sunday night's second-half lead by the Chicago Bears - in other words, not very. His cool and calm ways were respected and they appreciated that he cared about them off the field. By the top of the second quarter, he'd more than erased the deficit he'd created in the game's first 20 seconds. "He gave us the rules and he came in with energy".
Jets coach Todd Bowles, though, knows what Patricia's defenses looked like with the Patriots.
NY led 17-10 at halftime. The hope was Patricia could come over from New England's staff and lift Detroit to the next level, but expectations in Motown seemed a bit tempered after an unimpressive preseason. "They're always very tough-minded, and the execution and fundamentals are outstanding".
Rocking a black Lions hoody, which he had up over his head like always, Em walked out to midfield as an honorary captain with some of the Lions players. "He's handled us quite a few times, so we have our work cut out for us".