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.
Sam Darnold to Robby Anderson on the 9. Folks, this is elementary. A football offense must make defenses pay for playing aggressively at the LOS with a single-high. It starts there. #TakeFlight pic.twitter.com/UnBtwLaFpf
— ESNY (@EliteSportsNY) October 13, 2019
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.