Lesley Walker caught three touchdown passes to tie a club record and Richard Todd passed for 384 yards tonight as the New York Jets defeated the Detroit Lions, 28-13.
Walker caught touchdown passes of 56, 41 and 19 yards, and in five catches gained 164 yards to help New York win its fourth straight. Detroit lost its third straight, having opened the season with two victories.
The Lions got field goals of 31 and 22 yards from Eddie Murray but only one touchdown -- the first their offense has generated in the last 11 quarters -- when Gary Danielson surprised the Jets' defense by throwing a 48-yarder to wide receiver Mark Nichols on the first play of a series.
New York fumbled on its first possession of the game and Detroit turned it into Murray's 31-yard field goal, for a 3-0 lead with 4:12 played.
Two series later, with Walker making catches of 30 and 18 yards, Todd marched the Jets 63 yards, Dwayne Crutchfield scoring from the one. Crutchfield swept left end and ran over right cornerback James Hunter to give New York a 7-3 lead.
Todd, who completed 11 of his first 15 passes, 10 in a row, and for the first half was 17 for 23 and 286 yards, threw his first scoring pass to Walker, who evaded cornerback Wayne Smith to go 56 yards.
Smith was the victim again on New York's next possession, three straight running plays setting him up for Walker's 41-yard touchdown reception that made it 21-3 with 9:30 left in the first half.