Raiders vs Lions : After two games on the road, Oakland is heading back home. They will take on Detroit at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday at RingCentral Coliseum. The Raiders are expected to win — but not by much — so they will need to come into the contest prepared for a fight.
Oakland was hampered by 85 penalty yards against Houston last week. It was a hard-fought game, but the Raiders had to settle for a 27-24 loss against Houston. A silver lining for Oakland was the play of QB Derek Carr, who passed for 285 yards and three TDs on 30 attempts. Carr’s 65-yard touchdown toss up the middle to WR Hunter Renfrow in the first quarter made for one of the most memorable moments of the evening. Carr’s sharp evening set his single-game touchdown high for the season.
The Detroit Lions (3-3-1) will visit the Oakland Raiders (3-4) in Week 9 and are looking to keep their winning streak going on the west coast.
Every week during the regular season we get an opportunity to talk with the opposing head coach via conference call. This week it was Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden. I also scanned the Oakland media websites and the Raiders website to see what else Raiders players and coaches are saying about this week’s matchup with the Lions.
Here’s what they had to say:
1. The Raiders return home after finishing their five-game stretch away from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum that included trips to Minnesota, Indianapolis, Green Bay, Houston, and a home game in London. Oakland went 2-3 during that stretch.
“The league did what they did with the schedule, and for the most part we did really well sticking it out and hanging in there,” safety Lamarcus Joyner told raiders.com.
The Detroit Lions are out west this week to take on a Raiders team that will enjoy playing at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum today for the first time since Week 2. That team and crowd will no-doubt be amped up playing at home. The Lions can expect a hostile environment.
Detroit is trying to make it two wins in a row and crawl their way back into the thick of things in the NFC race. Here are five things to watch out for in today’s matchup:
THIRD DOWN GAME
It’s referred to as the money down, and this game will feature two quarterbacks in Matthew Stafford and Derek Carr who are among the best in the league on third down this season.
Carr is completing 70 percent of his passes on third down with seven touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 139.6, which leads the NFL. Oakland is third in the NFL in third-down efficiency at nearly 50 percent.
“We dove into (third down) pretty extensively here in the past couple of days,” Lions head coach Matt Patricia said this week. “They’re doing an excellent job of doing their scouting reports and attacking what the defense has been giving them. I think there are some guys out there that are making some big plays for them, too. They just have utilized every single weapon they have in those situations to attack the coverage that they’re seeing and have been really, really efficient. It’s very impressive.”
The familiar confines of the Coliseum have been unfamiliar to the Raiders for over a month.
The Silver and Black have not played in Oakland since losing to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 15, going 2-3 in over a month away from the East Bay. Starting Sunday against the Detroit Lions, the Raiders will play three home games in a span of two weeks.
Sunday’s game against the Lions kicks off a stretch in which the Raiders can gain serious ground in the AFC playoff race. The Lions (3-3-1), Los Angeles Chargers (3-5) and Cincinnati Bengals (0-8) will come to Oakland between Sunday and Nov. 17, and the Raiders can set themselves up for a meaningful December if they win (at least) two of three. Oakland will need to beat Detroit first on Sunday, though.
Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders (3-2) look to hand the Packers (5-1) a loss at Lambeau Field Sunday afternoon. Green Bay leads the all-time series 8-5 including the last seven games. The Raiders last win came back in 1987 when they shutout the Packers 20-0 in Lambeau Field. Green Bay narrowly escaped a Monday night contest against the Lions and look to make it back-to-back wins on their home turf.
Oakland is coming off of a bye week and a two-game win streak including a 24-21 victory over the Chicago Bears at home. Derek Carr threw for 229 yards, but was unable to find the endzone. Rookie running back Josh Jacobs had a career high 123 yards rushing and tied a career best with two touchdowns. Will that week off help the offense improve and be ready for a Packer defense that played on Monday night? No wide receiver picked up more than 50 yards against Chicago. Number one wide out Tyrell Williams missed practice Monday and will definitely be needed against a very good Packer team.