The Detroit Lions defeated the New York Jets on Sunday by a score of 24-17. The game featured quite a few tense moments for Detroit fans. The opening drive for the Jets was one good example. In the first drive of the game, the highly touted run defense of the Detroit Lions showed its first flaws of the season. New York drove down the field with mostly running plays for Chris Ivory as he racked up 51 yards. When the drive ended on a Nick Folk field goal, The Detroit Lions were staring down a 3-0 hole right away. That did not deter them as they drove down the field and put up a field goal of their own off of the leg of new Lion Alex Henery. The Lions defense came up big from that point on and they shut down the Jets offense.
The Lions offense on their second drive of the game moved the ball well and scored on a 59 yard pass to Jeremy Ross. Ross, who was just a return specialist last year, snagged the ball in decent coverage, broke a tackle and raced into the end zone. The big point of emphasis for Ross this offseason was to be more of a complete receiver. He proved Sunday that he can be just that. The Lions defense shut down the Jets offense again on the next drive, and punter Ryan Quigley shanked the punt. It was his only bad punt of the game and it game while he was deep in his territory, leaving the Detroit Lions offense to take over in Jets territory. Matthew Stafford did not disappoint, driving the ball deeper into Jets territory and heaving a 16 yard pass to Eric Ebron for the touchdown. Detroit led 17-3 at halftime.
The Lions received the ball after the half, but did nothing with it, punting the ball back to the Jets. The Jets drove the field and scored on an 11 yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith to Eric Decker. The Detroit Lions offense answered that drive by the Jets, going 90 yards and capping it off with a 1 yard touchdown run by Matthew Stafford. The game could have ended with that being the final score but the run defense broke down one last time when they allowed Chris Johnson to break free for a 35 yard touchdown run. It was the last score of the game though as the Detroit offense and defense made sure that the Jets could not score again.