Via a score to Daniel Brown on the New York Jets’ first drive, Sam Darnold has been responsible for a TD on the last four opening drives.
Darnold and the Jets scored on their first possession for the fourth consecutive game, as they opened the scoring in their Sunday visit to Washington. The lucky recipient was tight end Daniel Brown, whose first catch as a New York Jet was a 20-yard touchdown thrown by Darnold on the run.
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The Jets’ scores on their past quartet of opening drives have all come via Darnold antics. He also threw touchdown passes on the road against Jacksonville and Miami, and punched one in from two yards out last week against the New York Giants.
The Jets had previously gone nearly two full seasons without scoring on their first possession. Including this opener against the Redskins, Darnold is 24-for-26 for 277 passing yards and four total touchdowns on the last four opening possessions.
As for Brown, the score marked his first reception since December 16, 2017, as a member of the Chicago Bears.
Head coach Adam Gase is showing a penchant for diagramming his opening drives. The offense usually comes out crisp and in rhythm to start games. Keeping that momentum for a full 60 minutes is something they haven’t been able to accomplish on a weekly basis.
Though Sam Ficken missed the ensuing extra point, the Jets continue their opening drive dominance for another week.