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Joe Namath met Sam Darnold on the field at MetLife Stadium before the team's third preseason game and it provided quite the snapshot.Past meets future — and http://www.authenticsdetroitlions.com/cheap-sam-martin-jersey , maybe, the present."I've seen Sam perform tonight," Namath said during the TV broadcast, "better than I've seen any rookies I can remember."That's high praise from the only man to quarterback the Jets to a Super Bowl victory.And that came 50 seasons ago.The stunning win over the Colts will be celebrated by the team and its fans this year. It's also a brutal reminder of how long it has been since the Jets were on top of the football world.Darnold, they hope, can someday end that drought."That's the goal for everyone," Darnold said a few weeks after being drafted No. 3 overall. "Anything short of that is a failure and we're aware of that. Everyone is aware of that. Whatever my role is, I'm going to star in that role to work us toward that Super Bowl."The former USC star had a solid summer and impressed the coaching staff with his ability to quickly digest the playbook along with his veteran-like presence and approach.Darnold was given every chance to win the competition that included Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater, and he didn't disappoint. Bridgewater was traded to New Orleans on Wednesday."He's able to take the classroom knowledge and all the stuff he's studied in the classroom and take it right to the field and execute it," offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said. "We're throwing a lot of football at him and he's been able to handle it."Darnold could become the 31st quarterback to start a game for the Jets since Namath's last appearance for the franchise in 1976. That's a lot of searching and a long time waiting.There's big-time hope that Darnold is the answer, and that has the Jets and their fans optimistic about this season — and the future."He did everything we've asked him to do," coach Todd Bowles said.Here are some other things to know as the Jets enter the regular season:WHOSE LINE IS IT?While all eyes have been on the quarterbacks, the offensive line will be a major focus — no matter who's calling the plays in the huddle.The Jets signed center Spencer Long, who's an upgrade over Wesley Johnson, but the rest of the line is back. And, it remains to be seen if that's a good thing.Inconsistency and injuries made for a shaky season, and depth this year could be an issue. Left tackle Kelvin Beachum dealt with an ankle injury most of the summer, and right guard Brian Winters was in and out of the lineup with soreness."They've got to work together," Bowles said of the line. "They have to be healthy, obviously, but I feel good about them when they are healthy."SEARCH CONTINUESOne of the priorities for the Jets during the offseason was to find a pass-rushing presence, particularly at outside linebacker.No one emerged during training camp, and that could be something general manager Mike Maccagnan tries to address as the season goes along.Leonard Williams is perhaps New York's best overall player, but even he had only two sacks last season — although he racked up 28 quarterback hits. He needs help Youth Jarrad Davis Jersey , though, and that means the likes of Jordan Jenkins, Josh Martin and Henry Anderson must provide consistent pressure.CATCHING ONAn under-the-radar strength might be the Jets' receiving group, which might lack what some consider a true No. 1 talent but has good playmaking potential.Robby Anderson had a breakout year in his second season, catching 63 catches for 941 yards and seven TDs while establishing himself as a deep threat. Jermaine Kearse led the Jets with 65 receptions after coming to New York from Seattle. Quincy Enunwa looked solid late in camp as he returned from a neck injury that sidelined him all last season. Terrelle Pryor, still working his way back from two ankle surgeries in the past year, showed flashes this summer of the player who was so promising in Cleveland in 2016.SOLID SECONDARYThe Jets' biggest offseason free-agent addition was cornerback Trumaine Johnson , who signed a five-year, $72.5 million deal. They're hoping he and Morris Claiborne combine to form one of the NFL's top cornerback combinations.Add in the safety tandem of Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, both coming off solid rookie seasons, and New York's secondary could be a strength after struggling quite a bit the past few years."It's all (on) what we do with it," Claiborne said. "We have all the pieces. We just have to find a way to put it together and go get some wins."PLAYOFFS OR BUST?The Jets haven't been to the postseason since the 2010 season — back when Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez were all the buzz.Yeah, it's been a while.But despite the drought, owner Christopher Johnson hasn't set a playoff mandate for Bowles and Maccagnan. Johnson wants to see continued progression. The feeling is that the franchise is building toward next season, when the team has more than $100 million in cap space and could really make a playoff push.Lions vs. Browns final score: Detroit ends pathetic preseason with loss to Cleveland, 35-17 The Lions lost their final preseason game in another ugly game, dropping their preseason record to 1-3. Here’s a recap:First quarterThe Browns got the ball first and didn’t take any time driving downfield against the Lions’ second string defense. They got a big play out of tight end Devon Cajuste (of “Hard Knocks” fame) after Rolan Milligan fell down in coverage and was injured on the play. Just a few plays later, Nick Chubb would convert a fourth-and-1 for a 3-yard touchdown run. With Jake Rudock as the starting quarterback, the Lions offense quickly went three-and-out. Here’s what their starting offensive lineup looked like: Baker Mayfield and the Browns continued to move the ball downfield with little pushback, but the Lions did eventually force them into a field goal. Brown 10-0.But during commercial break, the play of the game happened:Love you, Lions fans.Rudock took his second drive and nearly went three-and-out again, but a defensive holding extended the drive... for three more plays. The Lions punted again without earning a first down. The first quarter ended with the Browns continuing to drive, and the Lions declaring two roster bubble players Color Rush LeGarrette Blount Jersey , Rolan Milligan (chest) and Zach Zenner (back) out for the rest of the game. Second quarterThe Brown offense continued to look unstoppable. Facing a third-and-6, Browns running back Matthew Dayes took a draw play for a 42-yard touchdown. 17-0 Browns. The Lions took the ball, and stop me if you’ve heard this, but they went three-and-out again. Thankfully, the Lions defense finally got a stop of their own, and the Browns punted for the first time. But the Lions offense couldn’t muster up anything. They did get another first down (by penalty, again), but that was it. Another drive, another punt. The Lions defense forced another punt, and it was time for Matt Cassel to put in his best efforts for a two-minute drill to end the half.Surprisingly... he did well... well, up until he didn’t. Cassel quickly drove the Lions into Browns territory, but on a third-and-1, Cassel threw a pass right into Brown defensive lineman Nate Orchard’s hands and Orchard took it 64 yards for a Cleveland touchdown. The Browns rubbed it in with a two-point conversion. 25-0 Browns. Third quarterThe Lions finally got on the board, but it was thanks to a Browns turnover. After punting on their first offensive possession, the Lions recovered a muffed punt that hit an unsuspecting Browns player. Already in field goal position, it didn’t matter that the Lions would end up going backwards, as Ryan Santoso knocked through a 46-yard field goal. 25-3 Browns. The teams would trade punts for a couple of possession, with Cassel unable to move the Lions offense downfield and Browns third-stringer Brogan Roback struggling the same. In the end, the Browns would end up adding a field goal, too. 28-3 Browns.Fourth quarterWith Jake Rudock back in the game with some third and fourth stringers, the Lions offense showed a little bit of life. Thanks to a big pass interference penalty, and solid 21-yard scramble from Rudock, the Lions got down into the red zone and Dwayne Washington punched it in from the 1-yard line. 28-10 Browns. The game would end unceremoniously with no “exciting” comeback this time. The Browns would essentially put the game away with a nine-play, 90-yard drive http://www.authenticsdetroitlions.com/cheap-nevin-lawson-jersey , ending with a 22-yard touchdown pass. 35-10 Browns. Rudock would again lead the Lions to a late-game touchdown thanks to a superb grab from Teo Redding and a solid fade pass to Chris Lacy. 35-17 Browns.PregameThe 2018 NFL preseason mercifully comes to an end on Thursday night. All 32 NFL teams will be in action, including our beloved Detroit Lions.The Lions exhibition season ends as it always should: with a contest against the Cleveland Browns for the glorious Great Lakes Freighter Trophy. Yes, the two teams used to actually award a trophy to the winner of a preseason game. The Athletic’s Ty Schalter has a phenomenal read on the history of the pathetic-yet-hilarious bronzed ship. “The Great Lakes Classic preseason series was a throwback to the leather-helmet days of the NFL, an echo of decades-old college football traditions and a revival of a proven concept,” Schalter wrote. “It was an innovative way to generate excitement around exhibition games, and a clever leveraging of dollars earmarked for charity.”Of course, what followed was over a decade’s worth of ineptness for both franchises, leading the trophy to become a joke and the preseason matchup to become an even bigger farce than before.The Great Lakes Classic was scrapped in 2015, but with both franchises looking to be on the rebound, maybe this is the start of the revival of the Great Lakes Classic. Or maybe this is just another preseason finale we’re all in a hurry to get past.Either way, if you’re interested in watching, the game happens to be nationally televised. Here’s how to catch Lions vs. Browns. How to watchDate: Thursday, August 30, 2018Time: 7 p.m. ETLocation: Ford Field—Detroit, MINationally televised: NFL NetworkLocally televised: WJBK (FOX/2 - Detroit)WNEM (CBS/5 - Saginaw)WSYM (FOX/47 - Lansing)WXMI (FOX/17 - Grand Rapids)WFQX (FOX/32 - Traverse City MI)WUPW (FOX/36 - Toledo OH)WJMN (CBS/3 - Escanaba MI)Online streaming: NFL Game Pass (free 7-day trial), Announcers: Matt Shepard, Chris Spielman, Tori PetryLocal radio: WJR-AM NEWS TALK 760Radio announcers: Dan Miller, Lomas BrownReplay times:Friday, August 3112 a.m. ET - Fox Sports Detroit3 p.m. ET - Fox Sports DetroitSaturday, September 112 p.m. ET - NFL Network12 p.m. ET - Fox Sports DetroitSunday, September 29 p.m. ET - Fox Sports Detroit
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