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Game Preview: Oakland Raiders (4-5) @ Detroit Lions (2-7)

Oakland Raiders @ Detroit Lions

Kickoff: 1:00 pm  EST

Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Weather Forecast: Indoor Stadium

TV: CBS      Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein

Radio: 97.1 FM        Announcers: Dan Miller, Rob Rubick

Line: Oakland by 1.5

Injury Report

Detroit

Lions Injury Status
RB Zach Zenner Cracked ribs/collapsed lung Placed on season ending IR on 10/20.
LB DeAndre Levy Hip Placed on season ending IR on 11/04.
DT Andre Fluellen Hip Placed on season ending IR on 11/09.
CB Rashean Mathis Concussion Placed on season ending IR on 11/14.
CB Josh Wilson Knee Placed on season ending IR on 11/18.
DT Gabe Wright Ankle Out
S Don Carey Back Questionable
CB Nevin Lawson Concussion Questionable
DE Ziggy Ansah Toe Probable
WR Calvin Johnson Ankle Probable
DE Jason Jones Not injury related Probable
P Sam Martin Back Probable
RB Joique Bell Shoulder Probable
S Glover Quin Ankle Probable

Oakland

Raiders Injury Status
LB Neiron Ball Knee Out
CB DJ Hayden Ankle Probable
C Rodney Hudson Ankle Questionable
S Taylor Mays Ankle Probable
TE Lee Smith Wrist Doubtful
S Charles Woodson Shoulder Probable

What to watch for:

Calvin Johnson throwback game – The Raiders have been a pleasant surprise to some this year, but one part of their game that nobody is talking up is their passing defense. Oakland’s passing defense is allowing the 2nd most passing yards per game this season, with only the New York Giants behind them. Calvin Johnson has yet to have that absolute monster game that we know he still has in him. If there were ever a game to do it, today would be that day.

Matthew Stafford – Expecting a big game from Johnson means we are likely to see a big game from Matthew Stafford as well. But even if Johnson doesn’t have a monster game, this game is still huge for Stafford. Many fans have been calling for Stafford’s head due to the team’s poor performance, but after a win in Green Bay last week, those cries have gotten quieter. Another win and big performance could get much of the fan base back on his side, and against a pass defense like Oakland’s, it’s more than realistic to see that happening.

Can Detroit handle Cooper and Crabtree? – First round pick Amari Cooper and the rejuvenated Michael Crabtree have given Oakland’s young QB, Derek Carr, a pair of wide receivers he can rely upon week in and week out. Detroit’s secondary has been up and down all year. While they looked good last week against the likes of Randall Cobb and James Jones, they’ll have their hands full once again in Week 11. With the secondary depleted because of injury, this will be one key to keep an eye on if it turns into a shootout.

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