Jets’ defense struggles, offense dreadful against Lions in second preseason game

DETROIT — Quarterback Christian Hackenberg made the first start of his career Saturday night against the Lions. The Jets wanted to get him increased reps with the starting offense, and see if he’s a legitimate option to start Week 1. 

Just one issue…

“We didn’t  give him a chance,” coach Todd Bowles told CBS at halftime. 

The Jets’ offense was utterly dreadful with Hackenberg at the helm, and it’s not all the second-year signal caller’s fault. The offensive line couldn’t block — two sacks — and the receivers couldn’t catch. In five drives (discounting a kneel to end the first half), the Jets managed 43 total yards, went 1-of-6 on third downs, and failed to score a point. At halftime, they trailed 13-0. 

Hackenberg finished 2 of 6 for 14 yards. Bilal Powell had 32 yards on nine carries, and caught both of Hackenberg’s passes. Receiver Charone Peake and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins each dropped passes. 

The Jets’ defense wasn’t much better. They allowed 182 total yards, and Detroit controlled the ball for 9:34. Lions quarterback Matt Stafford went 8 of 10 for 84 yards with a touchdown. Backup Jake Ruddock — against the Jets’ starters —  went 6 of 8 for 67 yards. Receivers Golden Tate (two catches, 34 yards) and Marvin Jones (three catches, 29 yards, touchdown) found continued success against the secondary. 

If there was a positive

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