All the attention was on rookie QB Sam Darnold and how the Jets' offense would perform on Monday. But it was the Jets' defense that ultimately stole the show with their stellar performance against the Lions.
Gang Green was all over Lions QB Matt Stafford, totaling four interceptions throughout the night. And when Stafford came out due to an injury, another pick was tacked on against Matt Cassel.
The Jets were in the right places and the right time all night long, and Darron Lee -- who secured two interceptions with one going for a pick-six -- explained why.
"We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line," Lee told ESPN's Rich Cimini.
"We knew his signals. We knew everything. That's just preparation as a defense. ...It seemed like we were in his head as a defense."
No, it wasn't the Jets stealing signals from the Lions, but rather film study for weeks that led to recognition of the formations they were in. Cornerback Morris Claiborne, who notched the team's first interception of the night, said he had his best week of film study in recent years.
These turnovers broke some Jets history as well. Lee's touchdown was the first defensive score since 2013 (74 games). Their five interceptions was also the most in 19 years. And 2017 first-round pick Jamal Adams finally secured his first interception of his career.
"It's always great to get turnovers, especially against a great quarterback," head coach Todd Bowles said.