Preceded by a big defensive stand, Sam Darnold’s instant, deep chance to Robby Anderson gave the New York Jets a two-possession Sunday lead.

What a difference a quarterback makes.

Sam Darnold’s NFL return was officially commenced with a new career-long pass. A 92-yard hookup between him and Robby Anderson put the New York Jets up 14-3 on the Dallas Cowboys. Darnold’s personal-best is also the second-longest throw in Jets’ history. It trails only a 96-yard score between Ken O’Brien and Wesley Walker in 1985.


Darnold’s deep ball immediately followed a daring defensive stand from the Jets’ defense. A 10-play, 54-yard drive ended eight yards from the Jets’ end zone, as Quinnen Williams and Jamal Adams united to stop Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott in the backfield on a short fourth down. That red zone stop was the Jets’ first in 54 red zone attempts.

The Jets continue to lead Dallas 14-3 in the second quarter.

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