Fresh off a big win over their longtime rivals, the Lions will get back on the field in Week 11 to take on the much-improved Oakland Raiders. It’s been a tough week for the Raiders. After a blowout loss last week, they found out they’ve lost key defensive player Aldon Smith for the season due to suspension. This will be Oakland’s first game without Smith and it will be intriguing to see how the defense, and specifically the pass rush will fare in his absence. Detroit showed some signs of life last week, somehow defeating the Packers at Lambeau as double-digit underdogs. Even though their season is likely meaningless from here on out, it appears as if they’ll fight to the end. This should be a good battle between two squads with loads of offensive talent and not much on the defensive end. Read on below for a full game breakdown and official selection for this Motor City shootout.
Raiders vs. Lions Betting Odds:
Oakland Raiders -1 (-110)
@ Detroit Lions +1 (-110)
Over 50 (-110)
Under 50 (-110)
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Raiders vs. Lions Pick:
Even though the Raiders will be without Smith in Week 11, the Lions still offer Matthew Stafford virtually nothing in the pass protection game. Their O-Line has been horrid all season and that’s not going to stop against Oakland. Khalil Mack is still there and the former top draft pick should be a forced to be reckoned with on Sunday. Oakland does have some holes in their secondary, so it’s important for the Raiders to be able to get to Stafford to limit his opportunities for getting the ball downfield to the likes of Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson. The Lions have been an easy team to figure out offensively this season, perhaps explaining why a team with all this talent isn’t scoring at the rate they’re typically used to. Their running back by committee approach has faltered, and none of the backs have proven good enough to gain yardage consistently. This is partially due to their lack of talent, but also because the O-Line rarely gets any push up front. Oakland won’t need to concern themselves with the run game at all on Sunday, and they’ll be fine to apply consistent pressure on Stafford, while taking away the long ball.
It’s been quite the revelation in 2015 on the jump we’ve seen from last year’s Raiders offense to this season’s. Derek Carr has been terrific this season, behind an unreal offensive line and some very talented weapons at his disposal. Last week wasn’t so great, but that can be attributed to Carr’s center, Rodney Hudson being out injured. It’s believed Hudson should be back for Week 11 despite his current listing of ‘questionable.’ Detroit has some pretty glaring defensive liabilities. These are the same ones they’ve seemingly had for the last decade or so. They can’t stop the run, and nobody in their secondary is very good. This is a bad mix against a team with the power running of Latavius Murray and the deep threats like Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. With Hudson back, allowing Carr time and space from the pocket, the Raiders should be able to move the chains with ease. Detroit simply cannot match-up, and the Raiders will take full advantage of this porous Lions’ stop unit.
Even though this is an early start for the Raiders coming from the West Coast, they’re the better, more complete group. Not to mention they match-up extremely well vs. the Lions. With Rodney Hudson likely getting back into the fold, look for Carr to take advantage of this Detroit team that likely won their own Super Bowl last week by defeating the Packers. The Lions have nothing left to give, while the Raiders continue to lay the building blocks for their future. Expect the Raiders to come out on top in a high-scoring game.
PICK = Raiders -1 (-110)