Jets vs. Lions Reportedly Set for Week 1 of 2018 Monday Night Football Schedule

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2018

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
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The Detroit Lions will reportedly host the New York Jets in a Monday Night Football clash during Week 1 of the 2018 NFL regular season.

According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, Detroit and New York will comprise one half of ESPN's Week 1 Monday Night Football doubleheader.

The Lions finished 9-7 in 2017 for the second consecutive season, but unlike 2016, they failed to reach the playoffs.

That led Detroit to part ways with head coach Jim Caldwell and hire former New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

Detroit is poised to be led by quarterback Matthew Stafford, but there are question marks regarding his supporting cast on offense, as well as the defense.

While the Lions' lone certainty is under center, the quarterback battle is the main storyline for the Jets leading up to the 2018 campaign.

Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg are all currently on the New York roster, but it is possible that none of them will be the team's starting signal-caller in Week 1.

The Jets own the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft, meaning it is likely that they come away with one of the top four quarterbacks, which is a list that includes USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Wyoming's Josh Allen.

If the Jets take a quarterback, there is reportedly a chance they could face another of the draft's top signal-callers two weeks later, as Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported the Jets will face the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football in Week 3.

New York is coming off a pair of 5-11 seasons—and haven't reached the postseason since 2010—but there is optimism surrounding the Jets due to the possibility of a new franchise quarterback coming aboard.

With Jon Gruden leaving his spot as ESPN's Monday Night Football color commentator to become the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, it isn't yet known who will call the contest between Detroit and New York.

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