Darnold recovers from pick-6, Jets rout Lions

5 Things to Watch Detroit Lions vs. New York Jets on Monday night

The New York Jets scored a ridiculous four touchdowns in the third quarter on Monday night on their way to a dominant 48-17 win against the Detroit Lions.

Darnold, the talented 21-year-old rookie from California, threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Quandre Diggs with his very first pass attempt to give the Lions the early lead at Ford Field.

Darnold wasn't ideal the rest of the way, but going 16-of-20 for 198 yards and 2 TDs after throwing the INT and taking two ill-advised sacks was remarkable. That led to Isaiah Crowell's 6-yard touchdown run.

On the ensuing possession, Stafford threw his third of four picks to Lee, who ran 36 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown to give the Jets a two-touchdown lead.

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

Roberts' 78-yard return gave NY a three-touchdown advantage.

The start wasn't what they were looking for, but the rest of Monday's performance has been just what the Jets were hoping to see.

NY led 17-10 at halftime.

Darnold's start to this game was pretty much the worst-case scenario. Stafford's TD pass to Golden Tate tied the score. It was the first time the Jets had scored 40 points or more since the opener in 2012 against the Bills.

Darnold couldn't possibly have scripted a worse start to his National Football League career, and you won't be surprised to see that Twitter showed him no sympathy. Darnold faked a handoff left to Bilal Powell and rolled right. Luke Willson of LaSalle, Ont., makes his debut as starting tight end for the Lions.

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. The key play was a third-and-7 throw that Darnold kept alive by scrambling and finding Enunwa, who made a twisting catch that needed to be reviewed.

While Darnold and the offense were finding their groove, the Jets defense was dominating.

An anemic first quarter of offense set the tone. Their only first down came from a Jets penalty. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that's some really poor defense. Trumaine Johnson, Morris Claiborne and Jamal Adams also picked off passes in a strong start for the Jets self-proclaimed "New Jack City" secondary.

"They're gonna have to play around Darnold". Darnold was still holding the ball while talking briefly with Stafford on the field. That included a 41-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson in the second quarter.

Then they piled it on in the second half.

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