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The (3-3-1) Lions have shown glimpses of hope but then fall back into the expectations of the Lions. They have lost a close game to the Chiefs, lost a game blown by the referees to the Packers, and gotten stomped on by the Vikings. They rebounded against the Giants last week in a promising victory. The NFC North is stacked this year, so it will be difficult to make it to the playoffs now, but it is not out of the question. The (3-4) Raiders are coming into this game off a close fought game against the Texans. They had the lead for most of the game but fell apart in the 4th quarter and gave the game away. Their inability to cover Darren Fells and takedown Deshaun Watson cost them with an additional loss in the standings. They are now 1.5 games behind the Chiefs. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders matchup page.
Date: Sunday, November 3, 2019
Time: 4:05pm ET
Location: RingCentral Coliseum – Oakland, CA
Detroit Lions: DT Mike Daniels (Q), CB Amani Oruwariye (Q), C Graham Glashow (Q), S Tracy Walker (Q), CB Darius Slay (Q)
Oakland Raiders: DE Josh Mauro (Q), LB Tahir Whitehead (Q), OT Andre James (Q), RB Josh Jacobs (Q), WR Tyrell Williams (Q), C Rodney Hudson (D), WR Dwayne Harris (Q)
Detroit Lions Analysis
It was a rough stretch of weeks from Week 4 through Week 7, but the Lions came back from their three-game losing streak with a solid win against the Giants to get back to .500. Kenny Golladay came up huge in that game with 123 yards and two touchdowns, one coming off a flea-flicker. A loss this week would almost eliminate their chances of making the playoffs. They will have to claw their way back into a wildcard position with both the Packers and Vikings ahead of them.
But first, they have to get through the Raiders. The Raiders fell apart in their last game because of the Texans’ tight end, Darren Fells. If this is any indicator of how to beat the Raiders, T.J. Hockenson will be the answer. Hockenson has been quiet since his explosive Week 1. The Lions spent their first-round pick on him, so they should start using him like it. The Raiders possess one of the worst pass defenses, giving up an average of 285.3 yards per game which is third-worst in the NFL. They also have given up 19 passing touchdowns which are second-most in the NFL. With Matthew Stafford on a hot streak, it is safe to say that he will have a big day.
Detroit Lions Depth Chart
Oakland Raiders Analysis
Unlike the Lions, the Raiders still have a solid fighting chance in their division despite their worse record. The loss against the Texans last week was a big hit to take, but the Raiders need to focus back up and move forward. Despite the loss, Derek Carr has quite a game with 285 yards and 3 touchdowns. They just needed the defense to step up late in the game and provide some stops which they weren’t able to do.
The Lions present a similar defense to that of the Texans. They are both poor against the pass. In fact, the Lions have allowed the most passing yards per game in the NFL this season at 289.7 yards. Derek Carr will be busy in this game. Darren Waller had just 2 receptions last week. Carr should be utilizing the talent that they have in him more as he has in past weeks. The Lions have allowed the fourth-most yards to tight ends this year which bodes well for his production this game.
Oakland Raiders Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Quarterbacks
With both defenses in this matchup being among the worst in pass defense, it is safe to say that there will be a lot of passing plays with the ball being aired out plenty of times. Matthew Stafford has averaged 299 yards per game which is among the best in the league. With options like Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, he will be explosive. On the other side, Derek Carr is coming off a big game. He should have all his options available including Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller. This game should be very high scoring.