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Raiders vs. Lions Quick Hits

Posted Aug 15, 2014

Notes and stats from the Raiders 27-26 win against the Lions in Preseason Week 2 action.


TE Jake Murphy catches a touchdown pass from QB Derek Carr. Photo by Tony Gonzales

  • The Raiders defeated the Detroit Lions 27-26 in the 18th all-time meeting between the two teams. The victory evens the Raiders’ preseason mark at 1-1 and lifts the franchise’s all-time preseason record to 127-122-1. The Raiders are now 3-7 in preseason action under Head Coach Dennis Allen.

 

  • The win marks the fourth straight preseason contest against Detroit taken by the Raiders, with the last loss coming on Aug. 21, 1982. The all-time series continues to favor the Raiders at 12-6 (5-2 at home), with a 6-1 record for Oakland in the preseason.

 

  • The offense featured only one different starter from the preseason opener, WR James Jones. In 2013, the second preseason game saw four different players make starts on offense, including three along the offensive line, which led the NFL with eight different starting combinations in the regular season.

 

  • The Raiders recorded their first opening-half points of the season on an 11-play, 60-yard drive (5:22) orchestrated by QB Matt Schaub and his leading running backs, Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew recorded a 22-yard reception on a screen pass and a first down inside the 20-yard line before McFadden capped off the drive with a 1-yard TD rush.

 

  • The Raiders offense scored on all five red zone possessions in the game with three TDs and two FGs. Combined with the one red zone possession against Minnesota, which also led to a touchdown, the Raiders have scored on all six red zone possessions this preseason. The team finished 2013 with a 59.5 percent success rate in the red zone, good for fifth in the NFL.

Individual Notes: Offense


  • QB Matt Schaub began the game efficiently, completing his first three pass attempts to three different receivers for 37 yards and two first downs. Schaub continued to move the ball efficiently and finished eight-of-13 passing (61.5 percent) with 87 yards and one INT. Schaub has a career completion percentage of 64.0 percent.

  • WR James Jones earned his first start and hauled in his first reception as a Raider, gaining 13 yards and a first down via a back-shoulder throw from Matt Schaub on the game’s first drive. He finished the game with two catches for 29 yards. James had a career-high 817 yards on 59 receptions (13.8 avg.) and three TDs with the Green Bay Packers in 2013.

  • RB Darren McFadden broke into the end zone on a 1-yard TD run to cap off an 11-play, 60-yard drive to record the Raiders’ first points in the opening half this season. McFadden now has two preseason TDs in his career to add to his 23 rushing TDs and five receiving TDs in the regular season.

  • FB Marcel Reece got involved in the passing attack early, picking up a first down on a 10-yard reception from Schaub. This season, Reece is looking to join Marcus Allen as only the second running back or fullback in NFL history to record at least 300 yards receiving in at least five consecutive seasons, joining Marcus Allen.

  • WR Brice Butler led the Raiders in receiving for the second time this preseason, posting 74 yards on four receptions (18.5 avg.) with the game-winning TD. Butler now leads the Raiders through the first two games with eight catches for 118 yards (14.8).

  • Rookie QB Derek Carr led three scoring drives after relieving Schaub in the second quarter, posting his first NFL TD pass on a 3-yard strike to TE Jake Murphy in the third quarter. The 80-yard scoring drive included Carr’s two longest passes to date: A 29-yard strike to WR Brice Butler and a 38-yard completion to WR Greg Little, which brought the team down to the 3-yard line. Carr’s first drive of the game, coming in the second quarter, led to points as K Sebastian Janikowski booted a 28-yd FG, his first of the 2014 campaign.

  • QB Matt McGloin entered the game in the fourth quarter and orchestrated a 13-play, 68-yard (2:26), game-winning drive that culminated in a 19-yard TD pass to WR Brice Butler with six seconds remaining. His first pass was a 29-yard strike to a leaping WR Andre Holmes, and his last a bullet to Butler in the back of the end zone for the game-clinching TD. He finished seven-of-15 passing (46.7 percent) with 114 yards and one TD.

Individual Notes: Defense


  • Rookie LB Khalil Mack recorded his first NFL sack in the third quarter, dropping Lions QB Kellen Moore for a 1-yard loss on the way to the third three-and-out stand recorded by the Raiders.

  • LB Nick Roach recorded his first sack of 2014 when he dropped Lions QB Dan Orlovsky for an 11-yard loss, tying his longest career sack, which was also his first career sack, coming on Dec. 20, 2009. If Roach records 5.5 sacks this season, he’ll be the 10th Raider and the first undrafted Raider to do so in each of his first two seasons with the franchise.

  • DE Justin Tuck broke through the line of scrimmage and brought down Lions RB Reggie Bush for a 6-yard loss on the first play of the second quarter. Tuck has been credited with 71 regular-season tackles for loss since 2008.

  • Fourth-round draft pick (116th overall) CB Keith McGill made his NFL debut in the third quarter. McGill was the last of the Raiders’ eight draft picks to appear in this preseason.

 Individual Notes: Special Teams


  • Following the Raiders’ second-quarter TD, K Sebastian Janikowski converted his first ever extra-point attempt snapped from the 15-yard line, part of a rule-change experiment instituted by the NFL for the first two preseason games of 2014. Janikowski finished 3-of-3 on PATs and 2-of-2 on FGs (28, 36).

  • CB TJ Carrie broke off an electrifying 50-yard punt return late in the third quarter to set up a Sebastian Janikowski FG from 38 yards out. Carrie added another return for 13 yards later in the game.