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Key Matchups To Watch: Oakland Raiders vs. Detroit Lions

The Silver and Black have lost back-to-back games and now have their sights set on returning to the win column when they travel to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions Sunday.

Sitting at 4-5, the Oakland Raiders are trying to reach .500 again, so heading into their Week 11 showdown in Motown, let's double-check our matchups of the week, brought to you by State Farm.

Quarterback Derek Carr vs. Quarterback Matthew Stafford

Carr once again threw for over 300 yards in the team's Week 10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, but it was far from his best effort of the year.

The second-year signal caller did complete 67 percent of his pass attempts, but also threw 2 interceptions which came back to bite the Raiders, so he will be looking to bounce back in a big way against the Lions defense.

Heading into the Week 11 battle in Detroit, Carr has thrown for 2,396 yards, but Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford isn't far behind him, throwing for 2,325 yards in his own right.

The Lions are ranked last in the NFL in rushing, and as such they rely heavily on the air attack, led by Stafford.

Head Coach Jack Del Rio and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave have continually said they'd like to have a balanced offensive attack, but if Sunday's game does turn into a shootout, an advantage at quarterback would go a long way in securing a road win.

Raiders Offensive Line vs. Defensive End Ezekiel Ansah

The Raiders offensive line has a big challenge in front of them this Sunday in the form of Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.

Entering Sunday's contest, Ansah is tied for fifth in the NFL with 7 total sacks and has the type of game-wrecking ability that the Raiders offensive line needs to be aware of.

"I think he's very special," said Carr. "Especially athletically. The guy is very gifted. God blessed him with a lot of traits that I definitely don't have. That's why I play quarterback. He's a great football player."

Ansah's presence becomes all the more concerning if starting center Rodney Hudson is unable to play for the second-consecutive week. The standout lineman, who has built up quite a rapport with Carr, didn't practice Wednesday, so his status for Sunday's matchup remains up in the air.

If he's unable to go, Tony Bergstrom would presumably make his second start of the season.

Running Back Latavius Murray vs. Lions Defense

The Silver and Black weren't able to get the run game going last weekend against the Vikings as Murray only ran the ball 12 times for 48 yards and was held out of the end zone.

The Raiders are 3-0 when Murray goes over the 100-yard mark and the Tay Train's eyes should be wide Sunday, squaring off against a Lions defense which is surrendering 124.1 yards per game on the ground.

On the road, in a presumably hostile environment, controlling the time of possession will be crucial and if Murray can get rolling it would pay huge dividends for the Silver and Black.

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