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

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
NY Jets5-118-7-118.6223.88-5.266-22-5-18-85-33-5
Detroit9-78-7-125.6223.502.124-44-3-110-5-16-24-3-1
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
NYJ16.3914.761.63
DET13.1815.14-1.96
Yards Per Pass
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
NYJ9.8211.41-1.59
DET11.1810.610.57
Yards Per Rush
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
NYJ3.994.05-0.06
DET3.364.17-0.81
Team Records

New York Jets

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall5-114-41-78-7-16-22-5-118.6323.88-5.25
vs Conf5-74-21-56-5-15-11-4-118.5023.00-4.50
vs Div2-42-10-33-2-13-00-2-119.5021.50-2.00
Last 30-30-10-21-20-11-110.6723.67-13.00

Detroit Lions

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall9-74-45-38-7-14-44-3-125.6323.502.13
vs Conf8-43-35-17-4-13-34-1-126.6721.834.84
vs Div6-43-23-25-4-13-22-2-123.9021.302.60
Last 32-12-00-12-12-00-124.0015.678.33

Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense18.632323.5021
Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense164.5032266.8832
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense71.133297.7512
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense25.63823.8822
Hme Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense265.635233.6318
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense71.6332126.8826

Head To Head Summary

NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
NY Jets3-33-33-319.83135.174.5332.6761.73220.50355.671.83
Detroit3-33-33-317.50135.834.7430.5056.83184.17320.000.67

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Sep 28, 2014DETNYJ24-178827236001322043362
Nov 7, 2010NYJDET23-201103274372782283060
Oct 22, 2006DETNYJ24-3112526138622211773981
Nov 17, 2002NYJDET31-1418921940811081712791
Dc 17, 2000DETNYJ10-7210782881511892402
Dec 21, 1997NYJDET10-131082073153206953010
Dc 10, 1994DETNYJ18-700
Dec 8, 1991NYJDET20-3400
Sep 25, 1988NYJDET17-1000
Nov 28, 1985NYJDET20-3100

NFL Betting Odds and Trends

Team Last 5 Games

New York Jets

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffnsive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefnsive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 31, 2017NE6-26L16.5/42.5L/U402072471471833300A
Dc 24, 2017LAC7-14L6.5/42.5L/U19798295892903793H
Dec 17, 2017NO19-31L16.5/46.5W/O124170294131285416-1A
Dc 10, 2017DEN0-23L-1/40.5L/U5941100841892732A
Dec 3, 2017KC38-31W4/44.5W/O1573314881123624740H

Detroit Lions

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffnsive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefnsive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 31, 2017GB35-11W-7.5/44.5W/O51305356103153256-4H
Dc 24, 2017CIN17-26L-3/43L/P871892761422223640A
Dec 16, 2017CHI20-10W-4.5/43.5W/U9120229343306349-2H
Dc 10, 2017TB24-21W-0/47.5W/U53381434133267400-2A
Dec 3, 2017BAL20-44L2.5/43L/O782943721012693703A

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

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