Or as giddy as Bowles gets.
Sam Darnold started and ended his first half as an National Football League quarterback by throwing touchdowns. He was poised, efficient and made enough throws to make believers out of even the biggest Jets skeptics. But Lee didn't bite-"as a defense we said, don't bite the cheese"-hung back and leaped to snag the pass high in the air".
But what happened from there was distinctly non-Jets-like.
On the ensuing possession, Stafford threw his third of four picks to Lee, who ran 36 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown to give the Jets a two-touchdown lead. Since the start of training camp in late July, Shepherd has worked with the first-team Jets defence. Just 67 seconds later, the Jets scored again on a 78-yard punt return by Andre Roberts. Kenny Golladay racked up 114 yards on seven receptions, and Golden Tate caught seven passes for 79 yards and a TD.
But the Jets answered in resounding fashion.
The 21-year-old Darnold became the youngest quarterback to start a season opener since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, and looked his age on the first play.
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Then Darnold threw the pick-six, and that feeling Jets fans know all too well, that of the other shoe dropping, felt like it was happening quickly, too. It was the first of two interceptions by Lee.
Roberts' 78-yard return gave NY a three-touchdown advantage.
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But the game could not have gotten off to a worse start for Darnold. When no one was open, he held onto the ball, then felt pressure from Ricky Jean Francois. Luke Willson of LaSalle, Ont., makes his debut as starting tight end for the Lions.
Darnold helped the Jets set a franchise record for points on the road, surpassing the 47 they scored in 1967 against the Boston Patriots.
Darnold hooked up with Enunwa on a 21-yard score. It was tied at 7 after one, and the Lions had minus-2 yards of offense. By the top of the second quarter, he'd more than erased the deficit he'd created in the game's first 20 seconds. Their only first down came from a Jets penalty. Big-ticket CB Trumaine Johnson joins CB Mo Claiborne, S Jamal Adams (but no Marcus Maye also due to injury) and a secondary that is billing itself as "New Jack City".
After one play, Darnold's career line read: 0-for-1, 1 INT. It was nearly like the players knew where Stafford was throwing the ball. The defense (and even the Jets' once-maligned special teams) had his back as promised, taking the ball away five times and yielding just a single touchdown drive to Matthew Stafford, a 10-year veteran QB who routinely posts 4,000-passing yard seasons.