A week after a late touchdown sent them to a win, the Detroit Lions were on the other side of things against the Oakland Raiders. Matt McGloin’s touchdown pass with less than ten seconds remaining and the ensuing kickoff gave the Raiders their only lead of the night and a 27-26 win. Here are some quick thoughts and reactions.
- I’m not sure that a single play can justify and offseason’s worth of hype but it was nice to see Theo Riddick take a little dump off pass for a 36-yard gain. Of course, the 36 yards is the straight down the field distance. Riddick probably ran at least three times that distance to make it happen in highlight reel form.
- The Lions secondary struggled in allowing the Raiders’ second touchdown drive. Drayton Florence was badly burned by Greg Little that took the Raiders inside the five. Jeremy Couplin did some nice things earlier in the game but he bit hard on the playfake a play later allowing for an uncontested catch in the end zone.
- A week after questions arose of Dan Orlovsky’s unquestioned status ahead of Kellen Moore, Orlovsky bounced back with a much better performance and outplayed Moore. Still, the Lions are in trouble if Matthew Stafford goes down with an injury.
- It was a positive debut for Larry Webster a week ago and he stood out again tonight with a nice speed move to pressure Derek Carr into an incompletion that was almost a forced fumble. So far, so good for a guy who was supposed to be a developmental draft pick.
- Not a great note for rookie Nevin Lawson whose punt coverage miscue resulted in a touchback instead of a ball downed at the one and a pass interference call late in the game.
- Winning and losing really doesn’t matter in the preseason but the line couldn’t have been any finer tonight. With the Lions up six in the fourth quarter, Raiders tight end Scott Simonson caught a pass but took a devastating hit from DeJon Gomes which jarred the ball lose at the Lions one yard line. Brandon Hepburn’s recovery turned a sure scoring chance for the Raiders into a possession for the Lions. Both Simonson and Gomes were shaken up on the play but walked off under their own power to undergo medical evaluation.
- Aside from Gomes, the Lions leave Oakland healthy. Winning would have been nice but staying healthy is even better.
Check out my first half rapid reactions for some thoughts and observations of the starters.