Here’s what Sam Darnold did in his first start that hadn’t happened since Tom Brady did it in 2001

It took Sam Darnold one NFL snap — a horrific pick-six — to enter an exclusive club of quarterbacks (Brett Favre and Jameis Winston) who threw pick-sixes on their first NFL passes. It took Sam Darnold one game — a 48-17 bludgeoning of the Lions — to join an exclusive club with a certain future Hall of Fame quarterback who might end up going down as the greatest quarterback in NFL history. 

According to ESPN Stats Info, Darnold became the first quarterback to win his first NFL start by 31 points since Tom Brady beat Peyton Manning and the Colts by 31 points way back in 2001.

In Brady’s first start, the Patriots beat the Colts 44-13, but that didn’t have that much to do with Brady, who went only 13 of 23 for 168 yards, no touchdowns, no picks, and a 79.6 passer rating. That win was more about the Patriots’ defense, which forced four turnovers, including three interceptions of Manning.

Similarly, the Jets did not win by 24 points on Monday night because Darnold carved up the Lions. Darnold certainly played well

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