Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders: Game preview and prediction
By Nick Ellis
The Raiders have lost four times this season, but all four teams that have defeated them are projected playoff teams at this point. When the Raiders play teams of this caliber, they tend to walk away with the victory.
The Raiders have the advantage over the Lions in almost every category, and as long as the Raiders secondary can make a few stops, the Raiders should be able to win in a decisive manner.
Oakland will be without Rodney Hudson, but the Lions pass rush is nothing to worry about, especially with how well the Raiders offensive line has played this year. Derek Carr should have all day to pass, picking apart the Lions defense, while feeding the ball to Josh Jacobs. This could be the best offensive day for the Raiders this season.
On defense, the Raiders will not have to worry much about the running game, but once Matt Stafford gets going, he is difficult to stop. Rookie Trayvon Mullen performed well for the Raiders last week, and the Lions do not have a star receiver like the Texans do.
This game is going to be high scoring and both defenses will make some big mistakes this game. The way the Raiders will win this game is by controlling the clock and making every possession count. Derek Carr may not be able to win a shootout with Matt Stafford, but if the Raiders can control the time of possession, and score in important moments, the Raiders will win this game.