Oakland Raiders vs Detroit Lions: Full Oakland Game Preview

The Oakland Raiders cannot buy into this week’s role as an overwhelming favorite over the Detroit Lions.

Bleacher Report’s Chris Simms picked the Lions as one of his five teams guaranteed to lose. Of course, it makes for an interesting segment, but the Raiders must play this game knowing their Wild Card hopes hang in the balance. 

Sure, the Lions (2-7) resemble a team out of sorts after cleaning house two weeks ago, per ESPN’s Michael Rothstein, but they’re not surrendering the entire season. Detroit upset the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 10—that outcome should grab Oakland’s attention.

Furthermore, a suspension to a key component within the Raiders pass rush bodes well for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who’s still throwing bombs to Calvin Johnson. In total, Detroit’s defense (25th) ranks higher than Oakland’s (30th) in total yards allowed. 

In Week 11, the Raiders need to focus on shaking out the cobwebs and re-establishing their run defense against the worst rushing offense in the league. They’ll also duel with another top-10 passing offense capable of moving the ball up and down the field.

Location: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Date: Sunday, Nov. 22

Time: 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET


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