Lions vs Raiders : The Detroit Lions are faced with a West Coast trip on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Detroit comes into Week 9 fresh off of snapping its three-game losing streak with a 31-26 win against the New York Giants.
When: 03 Sunday 2019
TV: NFL Network
As for Oakland, the Raiders are currently riding a two-game losing streak after dropping one late 27-24 in Houston to the Texans.
As the playoff race heats up with the trade deadline in the rear-view mirror, this game is a must-win for two teams floating near the .500 mark. The Lions come in at 3-3-1 while the Raiders are 3-4.
Let’s get into some matchups to watch and key questions heading into this game:
The Lions feel really good about their quarterback situation right now. There was some talk last year, when Stafford seemed to regress and had his lowest passing total since 2010, that Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia might look to move on from Stafford after the 2019 season. But Stafford has played excellent football so far this year. He has a career-high in passer rating and yards per attempt, he’s on pace to throw for nearly 4,800 yards and he hasn’t missed a game in nine years. There’s a segment of the fan base that can still do without Stafford. This is his 11th season and he’s yet to win a playoff game. And the leadership inside the organization knows they need a better backup now that Stafford is approaching his 32nd birthday. But the Lions and Stafford will be together for the foreseeable future.
The Oakland Raiders have returned home from their extended voyage around the world, and they’re ready to take on the Detroit Lions this Sunday at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Given the Raiders’ home-field advantage, let’s see if that factor’s into who the experts are picking.
The last time the Oakland Raiders played at the Oakland Coliseum, Major League Baseball was still wrapping up its regular season, and the NBA and NHL seasons hadn’t even started. After five games on the road, with a bye week sprinkled in, the Raiders will play their first game at home since Sept. 15 when they host the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon.
The Raiders (3-4) began the year with back-to-back home games against the Broncos and Chiefs. Then they embarked on their road schedule with games at the Minnesota Vikings and the Indianapolis Colts, followed by a ”home” game in London against the Chicago Bears, a bye week, and then trips to visit the Green Bay Packers and the Houston Texans. During a lengthy absence from home, Oakland won two of its five games to remain in the thick of the AFC playoff race.
After losing three of their last four games, the Lions (3-3-1) also will try to remain in the playoff chase. Detroit was successful in its last outing, defeating the New York Giants at home 31-26.
The all-time series between the Lions and the Raiders is tied at 6-6. The last time the two teams met was in 2015, when the Lions defeated the Raiders 18-13 at Ford Field.