21-year-old Sam Darnold to make history against Lions
NEW YORK JETS (0-0) at DETROIT (0-0)
Monday, 7:10 p.m. ET, ESPN
OPENING LINE – Lions by 6 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD – New York 9-6-1, Detroit 8-7-1
SERIES RECORD – Lions lead 7-6
LAST MEETING – Lions beat Jets 24-17, Sept. 28, 2014.
AP PRO32 RANKING – Jets No. 32, Lions No. 19
JETS OFFENSE – OVERALL (28), RUSH (19), PASS (24).
JETS DEFENSE – OVERALL (25), RUSH (24), PASS (21).
LIONS OFFENSE – OVERALL (13), RUSH (32), PASS (6).
LIONS DEFENSE – OVERALL (27), RUSH (18), PASS (27).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Jets’ 21-year-old rookie Sam Darnold to become youngest QB to start opener since 1970 AFL-NFL merger. … Darnold set to be first rookie QB to start season opener on “Monday Night Football.” … Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith each won eight games as rookie QBs with Jets. .. RB Bilal Powell has run for 4.83 yards per carry since 2016, NFL’s third highest average among players with 200-plus carries. … WR Robby Anderson had career- and team-high 941 yards receiving and seven TD catches last year. Anderson’s 1,528 yards receiving over first two seasons most by Jets WR since Keyshawn Johnson had 1,807 during 1996-97 seasons… CB Trumaine Johnson signed five-year, $72.5 million contract after 18 INTs over six years with Rams. … S Jamal Adams only rookie last year with 80-plus tackles and eight-plus tackles for losses. … Jets haven’t reached playoffs since 2010, franchise’s longest drought since 1970-80. … Lions’ Matt Patricia to make debut as NFL coach. … QB Matthew Stafford had 4,446 yards passing and 29 passing TDs last season, ranking third and fourth in NFL, respectively. … Three-time, Super Bowl-winning RB LeGarrette Blount has run for 1,927 and 20 TDs last two years. He won title with Eagles last season. … WR Golden Tate and Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown NFL’s two players with at least 90 catches each of previous four seasons. … DE Ezekiel Ansah had 12 sacks last season, has 44 in five-year career. … CB Darius Slay had eight INTs last season, tying Tennessee S Kevin Byard for league lead. … Fantasy Tip: Lions WR Marvin Jones had career-high 1,101 yards receiving last year and scored nine TDs, falling one shy of career high. Stafford will pass plenty and throw deep to Jones, making him big-play threat.
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