Early Look: Raiders and Lions Showdown in Motown

Photos from the Raiders vs Lions all-time series.

The Oakland Raiders head to Motown for a rare meeting with the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit in Week 11. This will be the 12th all-time meeting between the two clubs. The series has featured some interesting match-ups over the years, including Bo Jackson vs. Barry Sanders at the Pontiac Silverdome.

The last meeting in Oakland was a heart-stopping thriller as the Lions claimed a come-from-behind victory, 28-27, in 2011. 

Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson have become a nearly unstoppable quarterback/wide receiver combo. Stafford has thrown for more than 4,200 yards for four seasons straight, while Johnson has caught more than 70 passes and surpassed 1,000 years for five seasons in a row. Wide receiver Golden Tate was a huge additions for the Lions last year, as the former Seahawk caught 99 passes for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns.

Running back Reggie Bush and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh left the Lions via free agency, but they added DT Haloti Ngata via trade from Baltimore, and free agents WR Lance Moore and defensive back Taylor Mays.  The Lions also drafted RB Ameer Abdullah out of Nebraska. Underrated Joique Bell will also be in the mix.

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Here are some notes about the match-up:**

Former Raiders tight end David Ausberry is now with the Lions, and Senior Coaching Assistant Gunther Cunningham has on the Raiders coaching staff from 1991-94.

Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio is 2-0 all-time vs. the Detroit Lions.

Oakland will face off against the NFC North this season, marking the first time since 2011 that they have played them. Last sea­son, the NFC North had two playoff teams and one participant (Green Bay) in the NFC Championship Game. The Raiders hold a 27-21 combined all-time record against Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay and Minnesota.

This year will mark Oakland's first trip to Detroit since the 2003 campaign, and only the Raiders second appearance at Ford Field.

This game will be the only indoor match-up for the Raiders this season.

Oakland leads the all-time series, 6-5.

Detroit has won three straight contests, with Oak­land's last win in the series coming on Oct. 13, 1996 at O.co Coliseum, a 37-21 victory.

After two meetings at O.co Coliseum, this season's game will mark the Raiders' first trip to Detroit since 2003, a 13-23 loss to the Lions on Nov. 2. Oakland is 2-3 all-time in Detroit.

The first meeting in the all-time series took place on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1970, when Detroit beat Oakland, 28-14.

Raiders quarterbacks coach Todd Downing spent five years (2009-13) with Detroit, working as an offensive quality control coach his first year before working with quarterbacks from 2010-13.

Raiders tight ends coach Bobby Johnson worked with the Lions tight ends in 2013 and served as the assistant offensive line coach in 2014.

Raiders defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson worked as De­troit's defensive assistant/secondary in 2012 and as secondary coach in 2013.

Raiders S Charles Woodson has played in 11 games at Detroit and has recorded a total of eight interceptions with three returned for touchdowns. He has two multi-pick games against Detroit, Sept. 14, 2008 and Nov. 26, 2009, with one touchdown in each.

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