Raiders Square off Against Lions in battle of Most Penalized Teams
Raiders sat back in their seats and forgot to bring any of their weapons to battle, till it was to late. In both of last two games Oakland fell asleep on the job. After winning three games in a row the Raiders seemed outplace and played the worst ball shown all season.
Now the Raiders are sitting at 7-6 as the team enters the 15th week of the season. Its simply time for the Silver and Black to turn it around for the final three games of the season to keep there playoff hopes alive.Finally the team arrives back at home after a poor outcome on the road and looks to cap at least a .500 season Sunday when they battle the Detroit Lions at home in the last non-division game for the Raiders.
Expect to see lots of work from the referees as this game features the two highest penalized teams in all of the National Football League.
Detroit will feature an offense with Quarterback Matthew Stafford. This season he stay healthy and, has thrown for 3754 yards with with 29 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. This has been a much improved offense compared to passed seasons. Calvin Johnson has been one of the main reasons. The man they call Megatron has been a big target for Stafford this season. He leads the team with 72 catches for 1121 yards and 12 touchdowns. Look for Stanford Routt to cover Johnson for most of the afternoon. The Lions will depend on former Cal standout Jhavid Best to run through a Raiders defense who has struggled against the run for most of this season.
The Lions have a scary group on defense lead by the returning Ndamukong Suh, who is returning from a suspension after stomping on a Packers player on Thanksgiving Day. The Lions have lost five of their last eight since starting this season winning its first five games.
The Raiders, who have been shut out in the first half the last two weeks, will look to get a big lift from the returning Denarius Moore. Carson Palmer will look to Moore for a boost as he has struggled with the pass for the last two games. The running game hasn't picked up the slack either. With star running back Darren McFadden still nursing an injured foot, the Raiders have gone more than 14 quarters and 99 carries without a run of at least 20 yards after having 19 in the first 9 1/2 games.
The defense for the Raiders have to step up and stop Best. The defense has been ran over in two losses to the Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins. Michael Bush has not reached 100 yards combined in both of those games.
The biggest key to this game for both teams is to win is to keep the flags in the officials pockets. The Raiders and Lions rank in the top five in penalties this season. With Suh returning look for this game to be a dog fight. The Raiders are one game behind the Denver Broncos, who face the New England Patriots on Sunday. For the Raiders to stay in the hunt this is a must win for the Raiders with the Chiefs (December. 24th) and the Chargers on New Years Day waiting.