Detroit Lions Week 8 Report Card: Turnovers, red zone woes barely hinder dominant effort versus Raiders

The Detroit Lions rolled over the Raiders on Monday Night, overcoming self-inflicted wounds to win 26-14.
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Typically when a team wins by two scores, you would assume it was a game that went really well. For the Detroit Lions on Monday night , a 26-14 win over the Las Vegas Raiders was more of a mixed bag.

The Lions outgained the Raiders 486-157, dominating the line of scrimmage and dictating the pace of play with almost 40 minutes time of possession. The margin of victory was not reflected in the box score.

But a win is a win no matter how it looks, and the Lions head into their bye week at 6-2 with a firm grip on the NFC North.

Here is the Week 8 report card for the Lions.

Detroit Lions Week 8 Report Card

Offense: 3.5/5 Stars

Mystifyingly, the Lions only scored 26 points in this game and a pick-six gave the Raiders seven of their points. The Lions turned the ball over three times, and two of them were fumbles from Josh Reynolds and Craig Reynolds. Going 1-for-5 in the red zone might have been costly against a better team.

Ultimately it didn’t matter. Despite numerous injuries on the offensive line, Detroit dominated the trenches and had 222 rushing yards.

It was a fairly pedestrian performance from Jared Goff. He made several good throws, but the throw that yielded the pick-six was one of the worst he has made as a Lion.

At the end of the day it was bit of a mixed bag for the Lions' offense, but the good outweighed the bad on Monday night.

Offensive player of the game: RB Jahmyr Gibbs

For those who have been waiting for the Jahmyr Gibbs breakout, the time has come. After being the only positive for the team in Week 7, Gibbs continued his ascent with a monster performance against the Raiders.

With whopping 31 touches for 189 total yards, Gibbs single-handedly out-gained the Raiders. He was consistently breaking tackles at the line, fighting for extra yards, and making people miss in space.

With David Montgomery out of the lineup, Gibbs has stepped up as the Lions' workhorse back. He’s starting to show the traits that made him the 12th overall pick in April's draft.