The New York Jets shocked the football world on Monday with an impressive 48-17 victory over the Detroit Lions, thanks in large part to the four interceptions the secondary got off of Matthew Stafford.
It's still early in the season, of course, and the Jets have a long way to go before we can peg them as playoff contenders. Nonetheless, second-year safety Jamal Adams wants the fans to know that things are going to be different in 2018.
The Culture has CHANGED!! I've been telling y'all... the Jets are DIFFERENT this year. This is just the beginning! pic.twitter.com/exXeJko1qX— Jamal Adams (@TheAdamsEra) September 11, 2018
The Jets last made the playoffs in 2010, and they only have one winning season since reaching the AFC Championship that year. Even though 2018 is considered a rebuilding year, the Jets simply looked like a legitimate playoff team in Week 1, humiliating the Lions at Ford Field.
Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold had an impressive debut after throwing a pick-six 20 seconds into the game. He finished with 198 yards and two touchdowns, while free agent running back Isaiah Crowell added 102 rushing yards and two scores on just 10 carries.
The Jets had a busy offseason, signing Crowell, wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, cornerback Trumaine Johnson and linebacker Avery Williamson. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was signed to a one-year deal, though he was later traded to the New Orleans Saints after Darnold won the starting job.
It's common for NFL fans and pundits to have overreactions after Week 1, but the 2018 Jets looked like something else on Monday. They'll host the Miami Dolphins in Week 2 before visiting the Cleveland Browns, who haven't won a game in almost two full years now. The Jets will then be tested with a Week 4 contest vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars.
If the Jets are to go a long way in 2018, Adams will be an integral piece of their success. The former LSU product was drafted sixth overall in 2017, and he was named to the PFWA All-Rookie team in 2017.