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FSM Essential Recap – Raiders vs Lions – NFL Week 8 – 2023

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Raider Nation is looking for answers as Las Vegas once again struggled on offense and the Detroit Lions beat the Raiders 26-14 on MNF.

The Raiders took on the Lions on Monday Night Football!

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The Raiders were in Motown to take on the Detroit Lions for Monday Night Football. It was another opportunity for Las Vegas to show what they’re made of in prime time. The last time they were on Monday Night Football, they beat the Green Bay Packers 17–13, at Allegiant Stadium.

The Silver and Black were also looking to get back on track and reach .500 against the leaders of the NFC North division while looking to get their offense out of neutral. Could Raiders’ head coach Josh McDaniels get Davante Adams and Josh Jacobs going against a tough, physical, and stingy Detroit defense?

For Detroit, they were looking to extend their lead in their division, as well as show that they are the real deal in front of a national audience. A very popular pick in the preseason to be a sleeper team to make the postseason, the Lions have lived up to the expectations so far this season.

Could the Raiders get the offense going with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo back and would the Lions offense steamroll the Raiders defense? It was time to find out who was going to step up in prime time. 

The Raiders vs Lions was a Week 7 NFL matchup. 

Even with the return of Jimmy G, the Raiders’ passing offense looked offensive as they struggled against the Lions.

The Raiders vs Lions was an up-and-down game for Raider Nation.

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Las Vegas was hopeful that Jimmy Garoppolo’s return would ignite their offense. However, the veteran quarterback’s comeback fell short. Garoppolo had missed the previous week’s game due to a back injury sustained in the game against New England.

In his first appearance back on the field as the Raiders‘ starting quarterback, he managed only 126 passing yards and threw one interception.

The Lions seized an early lead in the game, nailing three consecutive field goals. Despite reaching the red zone twice during these attempts, they failed to find the end zone.

The Raiders finally made a comeback just before the two-minute warning when running back Josh Jacobs dashed in for a three-yard touchdown. Nevertheless, it was Lions’ tight end Sam LaPorta who made a big 18-yard touchdown catch, expanding their lead to 16-7 at halftime.

The second half started with Maxx Crosby and the Raiders‘ defense playing inspired ball.

On the Lions‘ first possession, Jared Goff threw a pick-six directly to Marcus Peters, who returned it for 75 yards. On the next Lions‘ drive, Crosby forcefully stripped the ball from running back Craig Reynolds on the Las Vegas three-yard line.

The Lions experienced more red zone woes on their next drive, fumbling at the goal line, which briefly rekindled the Raiders‘ hopes. Nonetheless, Gibbs dashed for a 27-yard touchdown run after the Lions forced a three-and-out, re-establishing their control over the game over Las Vegas.

Unfortunately for the Raiders, Garoppolo, and the offense failed to capitalize. Their following four possessions ended in punts or turnovers on downs.

 

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Although the Lions also struggled in the red zone and saw Riley Patterson miss a potential fifth field goal, it was too late for the Raiders to mount a comeback. The Lions kept their 12-point lead to secure the victory.

Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams, who had been vocal about his role in the Raiders‘ offense, expressed visible frustration as the game neared its conclusion. He finished the night with zero catches in the first half and just one reception for 11 yards.

Garoppolo’s performance was underwhelming, completing 10 of 21 passes for 126 yards with one interception, contributing to the Raiders‘ descent to a 3-5 record for the season. Oddly, he did not complete a pass to any wide receivers in the first half. On the ground, Jacobs was the team’s leading rusher with 61 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, while also leading in receiving with 27 yards on two catches.

For the Lions, Goff went 26 of 37 for 272 yards, throwing one touchdown and one interception. Amon-Ra St. Brown had an outstanding performance with 108 receiving yards on six receptions, and LaPorta contributed 57 yards on eight catches.

With this loss, the Raiders now stand at 3-5 for the season, while the Lions, at 6-2, hold the second spot in the NFC. Las Vegas will look to rebound next week as they face the New York Giants in Sin City.

The final score was 26-14, the Lions over the Raiders.

The Raiders will now travel back to Las Vegas to take on the New York Giants. The kickoff is scheduled for 1:15 p.m., and the game can be seen on FOX.

 

– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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