Published: Sun, August 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Jets' defense struggles, offense awful against Lions in second preseason game

Jets' defense struggles, offense awful against Lions in second preseason game

Christian Hackenberg got the first start of his career for the New York Jets in Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws a pass during the second quarter against the New York Giants at Ford Field.

Rudock, a second-year pro out of MI, led the Lions to a late second quarter Prater field goal against numerous Jets backups on defense.

Prater kicked a 37-yard field goal to finish off Detroit's first possession. His first drive against the Lions was no different.

McCown, a veteran who went 3-for-4 for 72 yards in his only series in last Saturday's preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans, fully participated in warmups, but surprisingly ended up on the bench for the duration of the game.

NY forced Detroit to punt, but after a muff by Frankie Hammond of the Jets, Robert Tonyan Jr. of the Lions recovered the ball.

Just when you thought you had the Jets quarterback situation figured out, head coach Todd Bowles made a decision to change things up at the last possible minute. Elijah McGuire should then see a high number of snaps as the team's third back. Their only points came from a pair of Ross Martin field goals. That finished off a 13-play, 79-yard drive.

On the kickoff, Detroit would get a great 43-yard return from Keyshawn Martin which set them up in good field position. Detroit came out for one play to take a knee and end the game, giving them a 16-6 win and a (2-0-0) preseason record.

Bryce Petty played the second half and completed 15 of 24 pass attempts for 160 yards while getting intercepted in the closing seconds.

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