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Todd Bowles has to make his stand now to keep coaching Jets

The best storylines are written after the game.

"I know it sounds insane, but we're a lot better football team than we showed", tackle Taylor Decker said.

And from the personal archives, there are lessons to be learned about going overboard in either direction on one game.

You're probably aware Jon Gruden returns to head coaching with the Oakland Raiders after a decade in the Monday Night Football TV booth as analyst. It'll mark the regular season debut of highly touted rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, who'll start under-center for NY.

When the Lions hired general manager Bob Quinn two-plus years ago, the former Patriots executive chose to keep Caldwell in 2016 and gave him a contract extension the next year. They've always been tough.

The new and improved running game looked like the old one. He hit tight end Neal Sterling with a 12-yard pass on third down on the next series and pushed the ball into Lions' territory.

Running back Isaiah Crowell put the punctuation mark on the win with a 62-yard touchdown, cutting right through Patricia's defense to make the score 48-17.

On the practice field over the last several weeks, it wasn't hard to see or hear Patricia.

Benoit says the Lions should be a different animal in the regular season, employing all the defensive tactics in Patricia's arsenal. "He gave us the rules and he came in with energy". "When you can do that, you can be a pretty good team".

The franchise's search has been long, but Darnold seemed to happen so fast-the Jets moving on after losing the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes and just a few days later trading up for the No. 3 overall pick, and the once-presumed No. 1 overall pick still being on the board when it was their turn, and the announcement of him as the opening-day starter a week ago coming to the surprise of exactly zero people.

After the Jets stopped the Lions' offense, Roberts returned Sam Martin's punt 43 yards to the Lions' 32, giving Darnold great field position.

There doesn't appear to be much help around Darnold. Darnold completed 16 of his 21 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns, looking like a savvy veteran and not a 21-year-old making his National Football League debut.

"I told those guys in there, 'I'll take this one, '" Stafford said. "I think that's where I always start. I have to do a better job".

Roberts then tiptoed down the sideline for a 78-yard score, erasing the memory of the Jets' shaky special teams in the preseason.

It once had been a 17-17 game, after the Lions shook up a sluggish start to tie things early in the third.

Surely, the Lions had righted the ship and would take control?

The Jets' other starting rookie is from Ajax, Ont. - defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd, from a small NCAA Division II university in Kansas, Fort Hays State who burst onto the NFL's pre-draft radar last January with dominating performances at Senior Bowl practices.

And if the Lions come out with unfamiliar packages to confuse Darnold, Bowles said the Jets will just adjust.

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