'We knew everything': Jets defense says it had Lions offense pegged in 48-17 win

Tribune News Service

Matthew Stafford lined up in the shotgun for an important third-and-1. He had three receivers split out, with Golden Tate motioning to the right. And that's when Morris Claiborne began pointing wildly.

Obviously, the Jets thought they knew what was coming.

And they did.

Detroit wanted Tate to run a pick play to free up Theo Riddick coming out of the backfield. But Darron Lee was able to jump the route, intercepted Matthew Stafford's pass and raced 36 yards the other way for a touchdown in a 48-17 win against the Lions.

“We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line,” Lee told reporters in the locker room after the game. “We knew his signals. We knew everything. That's just preparation as a defense. It just seemed like we were in his head as a defense.”

You hear these things from time to time, and it can be difficult to say just how much truth there is to it. But the results speak for themselves Monday night. Stafford threw four interceptions for the first time since 2013, and had his worst-rated game since 2012.

The Lions offense was supposed to be the strength of the team this year, but was stifled against the Jets all night. Stafford didn't complete a pass in the first quarter, and Detroit managed minus-2 yards as a team.

Stafford finished 27 of 46 passing overall for 286 yards, one touchdown and the four picks. He was injured twice, one of which forced him from the game for a play, then was eventually benched with the game out of hand in the fourth quarter.

Of course, if the Jets really knew what plays were coming, that'd explain why this loaded offense struggled so badly.

“We were able to just take advantage of plays and stuff that we knew that they run a lot of,” Claiborne said. “Our film study this week was great. It was probably one of the best I've been around as far as preparing for the game. And one of the big things, us as a defense, we want to talk, and we was out on the field, certain guys were seeing certain things that showed up in reports and they're calling it out and get everybody on the same page. So at least we have an idea of what's about to happen.”

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