Sam Darnold was named the New York Jets’ starting quarterback after a very impressive preseason. The USC product showed off all the skills that made him the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

On Monday night, Darnold’s first regular-season NFL game came, and he got off to the worst possible start. Well, I guess the *worst* possible start would probably include an injury, and that didn’t happen, at least. But Darnold threw a pick-six on literally the first play from scrimmage against the Lions:

That was a great play by Detroit cornerback Quandre Diggs, and one that Darnold definitely isn’t used to being made at the college level.

But turnovers were already the biggest concern with Darnold, after he had 22 interceptions and 21 fumbles in 27 college starts. So, his first career NFL play certainly won’t squash those doubts.

Darnold looked much better on the second drive, leading the Lions to a touchdown to tie the game 7-7.  And Matt Stafford quickly showed that veteran quarterbacks throw interceptions too (before Stafford even completed a pass as well):


About Matt Clapp

Matt is an editor at The Comeback. He attended Colorado State University, wishes he was Saved by the Bell's Zack Morris, and idolizes Larry David. And loves pizza and dogs because obviously.

He can be followed on Twitter at @Matt2Clapp (also @TheBlogfines for Cubs/MLB tweets and @DaBearNecess for Bears/NFL tweets), and can be reached by email at