Monday, September 10, 2018 1:00 am
New York Jets at Detroit
2017 records: Jets (5-11), Lions (9-7)
The skinny: Jets' 21-year-old rookie Sam Darnold to become youngest QB to start opener since 1970 AFL-NFL merger. ... Darnold set to be first rookie QB to start season opener on “Monday Night Football.” ... Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith each won eight games as rookie QBs with Jets. ... RB Bilal Powell has run for 4.83 yards per carry since 2016, NFL's third highest average among players with 200-plus carries. ... WR Robby Anderson had career- and team-high 941 yards receiving and seven TD catches last year. ... Jets haven't reached playoffs since 2010, franchise's longest drought since 1970-80. ... Lions' Matt Patricia to make debut as NFL coach. ... QB Matthew Stafford had 4,446 yards passing and 29 passing TDs last season, ranking third and fourth in NFL, respectively. ... WR Golden Tate and Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown NFL's two players with at least 90 catches each of previous four seasons. ... CB Darius Slay had eight INTs last season, tying Tennessee S Kevin Byard for league lead. ... Fantasy Tip: Lions WR Marvin Jones had career-high 1,101 yards receiving last year and scored nine TDs, falling one shy of career high. Stafford will pass plenty and throw deep to Jones.
Los Angles Rams at Oakland
2017 records: Rams (11-5); Raiders (6-10)
The skinny: Jon Gruden coaches first regular-season home game for Raiders since Jan. 6, 2001. ... Rams coach Sean McVay's first NFL job was as Gruden's assistant in Tampa Bay in 2008. ... Rams have 2017 Defensive Player of Year Aaron Donald in lineup after holdout ended. ... Los Angeles went from worst to first in scoring in first year under McVay. ... Rams led NFL with 11 opening-drive scores on offense last year. ... Rams active in offseason, adding DT Ndamukong Suh, CBs Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, and WR Brandin Cooks. ... Los Angeles QB Jared Goff improved passer rating from 63.6 as rookie to 100.5 in second year. ... Raiders won last two openers after losing 11 of previous 12. ... Oakland QB Derek Carr matched career high with 13 INTs last year, had worst season for yards, TDs, passer rating since rookie season in 2014. ... Raiders have 31 players on roster who didn't play for team last year.
– Associated Press