Takeaways From the Detroit Lions Season Opener Against the Jets

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Detroit Lions Fan And Internet Sensation Tyler “Ninja” Blevins Was In Attendance For The Monday Night Season Opener At Ford Field.

First Quarter

It was a stalemate 7-7 score after one quarter. This game didn’t feel like it was going the way that the Detroit Lions wanted after the first quarter. They did manage an early lead via a pick-six from Quandre Diggs, but the Lions offense went three and out and threw an interception on their only two drives. Matthew Stafford didn’t complete a pass and the Jets dominated the time of possession early on in the game. New York also benefitted from some great field position on their first and second scoring drives.

Second Quarter

The second quarter was not a whole lot more inspiring for Detroit Lions fans than the first. Field position and time of possession were the Lions downfall as they headed into halftime trailing the Jets 17-10. The defense wasn’t playing poorly in the first half, but the offense left a lot to be desired. There was a saving grace as the Lions were able to drive down the field on their final drive of the half, but they only came away with a field goal.

Third Quarter 

Detroit came out and only took four plays to tie the game up at 17 coming out for the second half. What happened in the 13+ minutes after that is probably better left unsaid. This third quarter was one of the worst I can remember the Detroit Lions having. The Jets put up 31 unanswered points and the Lions faithful curled up on their bathroom floors.

Fourth Quarter

The Lions came out for the fourth quarter knowing that they weren’t going to win. After Stafford led them down the field and the offense stalled out inside the ten, Matt Cassel came on in relief. Kenny Golladay had a heck of a game and if you’re a Lions fan you have to be happy with the way that he played. Another interception thrown by Cassel was the cherry on top for the Jets. Keep in mind that this is a game the Lions probably should’ve won, but it is not a division or a conference loss.

Biggest Surprise

The biggest surprise has to be the way that the offense, especially Stafford, played. We all know that Stafford is the guy for the Lions, but tonight was probably one of the worst games of his career. The defense wasn’t much better. After an ok start defensively, the Jets offense looked like world beaters as their lead kept on ballooning in the third quarter.

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