Opponent: at Detroit
Time: 10 a.m.
Line: Detroit by 1
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Records: Raiders 4-5, Lions 2-7
TV/Radio: Ch. 13 (Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein), 1140
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
Air show: The Lions are a one-dimensional team on offense, leaning heavily on passing because they’re the worst rushing team in the NFL. Matthew Stafford might like what he sees when he drops back because the Raiders are 31st in the league against the pass. Oakland also seems set up for success through the air with Derek Carr throwing to rookie Amari Cooper and veteran Michael Crabtree.
Just for kicks: The NFL has gotten what it wanted with a rule change, making it tougher for teams to make extra-point kicks. Instead of the kicks being an afterthought, they are potentially compelling with snaps starting at the 15-yard line. “Anything that makes your job harder, I’m not a fan of,” Detroit kicker Matt Prater acknowledged. Teams are making 94.8 percent of their extra-point kicks after converting on 99.3 percent last year, according to STATS, and Prater is tied with San Diego’s Josh Lambo and Jacksonville’s Jason Myers for an NFL-high three misses. Prater helped make last week’s 18-16 win at Green Bay dramatic because he missed two extra points.
Replacing Aldon: The Raiders might have a harder time getting to Stafford because of the yearlong suspension of linebacker Aldon Smith, who was second on the team with 3 1/2 sacks.
Good company: Carr became the sixth quarterback to throw at least 20 touchdown passes in each of his first two seasons. He joined Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Andy Dalton in the select club. Carr has thrown for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns the past three games and can be the first Raiders quarterback to do that in four consecutive games.
Put me in, coach: Lions rookie running back Ameer Abdullah returned a kick 104 yards last week against the Packers, and is averaging an NFL-high 31.9 yards on kickoff returns. He ran for a 24-yard touchdown and had a 36-yard catch in his debut, but the Lions aren’t getting him the ball very often on offense. Abdullah has 14 carries over the last three games after a career-high 14 attempts in a win over Chicago.
Out: LB Neiron Ball (knee)
Doubtful: TE Lee Smith (wrist)
Questionable: C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
Probable: CB D.J. Hayden (ankle), S Taylor Mays (ankle), S Charles Woodson (shoulder)
Out: DT Gabe Wright (ankle)
Questionable: S Don Carey (back), CB Nevin Lawson (concussion)
Probable: DE Ziggy Ansah (toe), RB Joique Bell (shoulder), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), DE Jason Jones (not injury related), P Sam Martin (back), S Glover Quin (ankle)
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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