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  • Sam Darnold sparkled in his NFL debut — after a disastrous first throw, of course — and the New York Jets dominated on offense, defense and special teams for a stunningly complete 48-17 victory over Detroit in their season opener Monday night.And, just like that, hopes have been raised just one week into the season. Well, everywhere outside the Jets' facility, that is."Our expectations were like that before the game," coach Todd Bowles said Tuesday. "So, it doesn't change any. We had high expectations to begin with. That game changes nothing for us. It was just one game. We've got 15 more to go. We're going to try to win them different ways. Obviously, every week won't be the same, but our expectations haven't changed."Just a few days before the game, Bowles made the matter-of-fact statement that he's not here to collect a check or go 8-8, which would be a solid improvement on the 5-11 marks the Jets have had the past two years. He said he's here to try to lead this franchise to a Super Bowl.Sure, that seems like a stretch right now, but his players might be right there with him on that gameplan.They saw what they can accomplish when everything is clicking and what they can be if they can come close to replicating what went on in Detroit."I know what we're capable of doing and even that wasn't our best game," wide receiver Quincy Enunwa said after the win. "So, I think that going forward we're going to go ahead and fix the corrections and we're going to play better every game Authentic Kerryon Johnson Jersey , that's our goal."Next up is the home opener against AFC East-rival Miami, and a chance to open the season 2-0 for the first time since Bowles' first year as coach in 2015.New York will have a short week after that with a Thursday night game at Cleveland. Three games in 11 games — with some fans on social media and sports radio already thinking about the Jets opening 3-0 since Rex Ryan's first season as coach in 2009."The Culture has CHANGED!!" safety Jamal Adams tweeted shortly after the win . "I've been telling y'all... the Jets are DIFFERENT this year. This is just the beginning!"Both Adams, who had the first interception of his career, and linebacker Darron Lee, who picked off his first two passes, said they knew what the Lions were doing on just about every play as New York finished with five interceptions of Matthew Stafford.Bowles said Tuesday that it was simply a product of preparation."No, we didn't know any audibles," the coach said. "We didn't know any plays. I think those guys did a good job of following the assignments that the coaches taught them. And they were anticipating certain things. They have certain formations and they were in the right position and good position to make those types of plays."Either way, it certainly worked.It helped that Darnold bounced back from a brutal beginning in which the first throw of his NFL career was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Quandre Diggs.Rather than get rattled, the youngest quarterback to start a season opener in the Super Bowl era played with the poise of a veteran.The 21-year-old Darnold finished 16 of 21 for 198 yards and touchdowns to Robby Anderson and Enunwa."I thought he played well after the first play," Bowles said. "He did some good things. We had some problems with the headset, so we had to call timeout a few times, but that was no fault of his. We just had some headset issues where they weren't working where he could hear the play, but I thought he handled himself well."The coaches and players have raved about Darnold's maturity and football smarts from the day he started practicing with them in May after being the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.Those very attributes were on display in front of a prime-time audience on Monday night."He's the same guy every day," Bowles said of Darnold. "I think that's important at the quarterback position for you to be the same guy. You know what you're getting out of the guy and you trust that type of person when you're the same guy every day, and that's really been the most impressive thing."Bowles has both played and coached in the NFL for the better part of the past 30 years and come across lots of young players during that time.The coach senses something simply different about Darnold because of that even-keeled focus already."It's great to see," Bowles said. "It's rare more nowadays. It was a little more common back then (when Bowles played) for whatever reason Authentic Matthew Stafford Jersey , but it's a little more rare than what I've been around and it's exciting to see because he's got an old soul. He's young in age but understands the game very well. He works at it the right way." The Detroit Lions made an earth-shattering move Tuesday afternoon when they traded star wide receiver Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles on trade deadline day. The receiver was one of the Lions most fun players to watch since his arrival, and not only was he a great player, but he also gave fans many exciting moments to remember. Here are the top five Golden Tate moments from his time in Detroit:5. Walking into the end zone against the EaglesWhile the amazing performance of Calvin Johnson is what stood out the most during the Lions’ 2015 Thanksgiving feast on the Philadelphia Eagles, Tate had a gem as well. The receiver caught a quick out against his future team. Once he realized he was all alone at the goal line he waltzed into the end zone for a score and then took a bow to raucous applause from the Ford Field crowd. Tate is quite the performer, and he always knew how to put on a show. 4. Front flip into end zone against SaintsThe Lions’ 2017 game against the New Orleans Saints was filled with wild plays and Tate was the one that kicked it off. The receiver caught a pretty routine comeback route, maintained his footing and out-ran the entire Saints defense for a long touchdown. He did not stop there, though, front flipping into the end zone to really make sure New Orleans defensive backs could taste his dust. 3. Summoning a pass interference flagTate played a huge role when the 0-5 Lions finally got a win against the Chicago Bears in 2015. The receiver was interfered with by the Bears corner Kyle Fuller as he was coming back to catch a third-down pass. Tate then instantly turned around and summoned the penalty flag from the referee like he was a Jedi of some sort, earning the first down.2. Taunting the Cowboys as he scores a go ahead touchdownThis is one of our more recent memories. A few weeks ago, Tate had one of his best games as a Detroit Lion against the Dallas Cowboys, racking up 132 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches. While many of the key figures from these teams’ battles in the late 2000s and early 2010s have moved on, Tate was still bringing the intensity. He scored two times and both times he taunted the trailing Cowboys defenders while heading into the end zone. This score should have won the game for Detroit, but the defense let Tate down at the other end. 1. Butt flipWhat else was going to be here?The 2016 Detroit Lions played a thrilling classic seemingly every week and the Lions’ mid-season matchup against the Minnesota Vikings was no exception. This game got to overtime after the Lions put together a 30=second field goal drive with no timeouts, and Tate closed it out with yet another highlight play.The receiver caught a quick out on third-and-long. He came to a quick stop, sending one defender flying out of bounds. Tate then stiff-armed a second one into the ground before taking off to the end zone. With safety Andrew Sendejo a step too slow to push him out of bounds, Tate decided to flip all the way over and smack the safety in his head with his rear end. Detroit stole a win from their division rivals and clowned their secondary in the process.Golden Tate had a lot of amazing moments as a Lion—too many to include in one article. What was you favorite Golden Tate moment while he was wearing Honolulu Blue?