Monday Night Football: Lions Host Jets in Early Affair

Detroit Lions

Jets Throwing Rookie Into Fire Against Lions

The New York Jets and the Detroit Lions will play the traditional early game on Monday Night Football. They will battle at Ford Field in Detroit. Kickoff is set for 7:10 pm EST and ESPN will have the coverage.

Oddsmakers opened the Lions as -6.5-point favorites versus the Jets, while the game’s total opened at 43.5. Detroit is now 7-point favorites and the total is up to 44.5.

The New York Jets selected Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft. It merely was a matter of when, not if, the team handed him the keys to their offense.

Tale of the Tape

Darnold impressed New York’s coaches enough to win the starting job in the preseason. He will lead the Jets into Monday’s season opener against the host Detroit Lions.

Darnold beat out Josh McCown and the since-traded Teddy Bridgewater for the job during the preseason. The kid will make history in his NFL debut. He will become the youngest Week 1 starting quarterback at 21 years, 97 days.

The Lions will be playing their first game under first-year coach Matt Patricia. He spent the past six seasons as the defensive coordinator for New England. Patricia inherits a team that has posted back-to-back nine-win seasons.

Detroit features an experienced quarterback in Matt Stafford, but also one that hasn’t won a playoff game since 1991.

Detroit Looking to Get Over the Hump

The Lions were 9-7 in 2017, which was 2nd in the NFC North. Stafford has thrown for at least 4,000 yards for seven consecutive years. He has to carry what has been a one-dimensional offense. The O has ranked last in rushing in two of the past three seasons.

Detroit drafted rookie running back Kerryon Johnson from Auburn in the second round and signed LeGarrette Blount. He who is one year removed from leading the league with 18 rushing touchdowns. They hope this helps shore up an abysmal ground game.

Marvin Jones led the Lions with 1,101 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He had 61 catches last season. Fellow wideout Golden Tate also surpassed 1,000 yards on 92 receptions.

Detroit has a pair of standouts on the other side of the ball. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah had 12 sacks. Cornerback Darius Slay had eight interceptions. Detroit needs to find another pass rusher for a unit that ranked 27th in 2017.

Stafford has recorded four scoring passes and zero interceptions in two career meetings with New York.

Lions RB Theo Riddick has registered 186 catches and 10 TD receptions over the last three seasons.

Can Darnold Produce Immediately?

The Jets were 5-11 in 2017, which was 4th in AFC East. Darnold was the second quarterback taken in the draft. He finished the preseason by completing 29-of-45 passes for 244 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

He will look to a wide receiving corps led by Robby Anderson. He paced the team with 941 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Jermaine Kearse had a team-high 65 catches. Quincy Enunwa had 58 catches in 2016 and is back. Quarterback-turned-receiver Terrelle Pryor is in the mix also.

New York built up the running game by bringing in a power back in Isaiah Crowell. He appeared in all 16 games in each of his four seasons in Cleveland. Bilal Powell will provide some rest and serve as the third-down back.

Leonard Williams anchors the defensive line. The Jets have a solid secondary, but it must improve on a pass rush that ranked 28th a year ago. The unit only had 28 sacks.

Crowell is one of six active running backs with at least 600 yards rushing in each of the last four seasons.

Free Pick: Lions 23, Jets 20

Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
NY Jets 5-11 8-7-1 18.62 23.88 -5.26 6-2 2-5-1 8-8 5-3 3-5
Detroit 9-7 8-7-1 25.62 23.50 2.12 4-4 4-3-1 10-5-1 6-2 4-3-1
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
NYJ 16.39 14.76 1.63
DET 13.18 15.14 -1.96
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
NYJ 9.82 11.41 -1.59
DET 11.18 10.61 0.57
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
NYJ 3.99 4.05 -0.06
DET 3.36 4.17 -0.81
Team Records

New York Jets

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 5-11 4-4 1-7 8-7-1 6-2 2-5-1 18.63 23.88 -5.25
vs Conf 5-7 4-2 1-5 6-5-1 5-1 1-4-1 18.50 23.00 -4.50
vs Div 2-4 2-1 0-3 3-2-1 3-0 0-2-1 19.50 21.50 -2.00
Last 3 0-3 0-1 0-2 1-2 0-1 1-1 10.67 23.67 -13.00

Detroit Lions

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 9-7 4-4 5-3 8-7-1 4-4 4-3-1 25.63 23.50 2.13
vs Conf 8-4 3-3 5-1 7-4-1 3-3 4-1-1 26.67 21.83 4.84
vs Div 6-4 3-2 3-2 5-4-1 3-2 2-2-1 23.90 21.30 2.60
Last 3 2-1 2-0 0-1 2-1 2-0 0-1 24.00 15.67 8.33

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 18.63 23 23.50 21
Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 164.50 32 266.88 32
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 71.13 32 97.75 12
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 25.63 8 23.88 22
Hme Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 265.63 5 233.63 18
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 71.63 32 126.88 26

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
NY Jets 3-3 3-3 3-3 19.83 135.17 4.53 32.67 61.73 220.50 355.67 1.83
Detroit 3-3 3-3 3-3 17.50 135.83 4.74 30.50 56.83 184.17 320.00 0.67

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Sep 28, 2014 DET NYJ 24-17 88 272 360 0 132 204 336 2
Nov 7, 2010 NYJ DET 23-20 110 327 437 2 78 228 306 0
Oct 22, 2006 DET NYJ 24-31 125 261 386 2 221 177 398 1
Nov 17, 2002 NYJ DET 31-14 189 219 408 1 108 171 279 1
Dc 17, 2000 DET NYJ 10-7 210 78 288 1 51 189 240 2
Dec 21, 1997 NYJ DET 10-13 108 207 315 3 206 95 301 0
Dc 10, 1994 DET NYJ 18-7 0 0
Dec 8, 1991 NYJ DET 20-34 0 0
Sep 25, 1988 NYJ DET 17-10 0 0
Nov 28, 1985 NYJ DET 20-31 0 0

NFL Betting Odds and Trends

Team Last 5 Games

New York Jets

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offnsive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defnsive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 31, 2017 NE 6-26 L 16.5/42.5 L/U 40 207 247 147 183 330 0 A
Dc 24, 2017 LAC 7-14 L 6.5/42.5 L/U 197 98 295 89 290 379 3 H
Dec 17, 2017 NO 19-31 L 16.5/46.5 W/O 124 170 294 131 285 416 -1 A
Dc 10, 2017 DEN 0-23 L -1/40.5 L/U 59 41 100 84 189 273 2 A
Dec 3, 2017 KC 38-31 W 4/44.5 W/O 157 331 488 112 362 474 0 H

Detroit Lions

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offnsive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defnsive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 31, 2017 GB 35-11 W -7.5/44.5 W/O 51 305 356 103 153 256 -4 H
Dc 24, 2017 CIN 17-26 L -3/43 L/P 87 189 276 142 222 364 0 A
Dec 16, 2017 CHI 20-10 W -4.5/43.5 W/U 91 202 293 43 306 349 -2 H
Dc 10, 2017 TB 24-21 W -0/47.5 W/U 53 381 434 133 267 400 -2 A
Dec 3, 2017 BAL 20-44 L 2.5/43 L/O 78 294 372 101 269 370 3 A

Next up:
New York home to Miami Sunday, September 16
Detroit at San Francisco Sunday, September 16

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