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Raiders first team with rough start, show signs of life

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Matt Schaub came out firing early, with three nice completions on the first series. He connected with James Jones and Rod Streater on consecutive plays. Then he hit Mychal Rivera along the sideline who shook some defenders for a big gain. That's when the wheels came off.

Schaub went for James Jones on a crossing route and the defender got a piece of it to knock it in the air where James Ihedigbo picked it off and got a pretty good return out of it.

The Lions would score a touchdown on the ensuing possession when Golden Tate got behind Tarell Brown to walk in for a 28-yard touchdown. Their kicker would hit the upright on the extra point attempt to make it 6-0 Lions.

The Raiders came back out and went three and out. Then the Lions marched right back down the field for another touchdown. The Raiders starters were struggling on both sides of the ball and quickly found themselves down 13-0.

On their fourth drive, the Raiders first teamers finally started to show signs of life. Matt Schaub had his first scoring drive as a Raider. He had completions to Marcel Reece, Rod Streater, Mychal Rivera, and Maurice Jones-Drew and the Raiders finished it off on the ground for the score.

The highlight of the drive was a well executed screen pass to Maurice Jones-Drew with Austin Howard, Stefen Wisniewski, and Brian Leonhardt blocking downfield. More good blocking on the goal line for Darren McFadden to squirt through for the touchdown.

Matt Schaub finished 8 for 13 for 87 yards and an interception. The Raiders leading receiver was Mychal Rivera with two catches for 26 yards.

For the defense's part, it was all bad news. Matt Stafford went 9 for 10 (ONE incomplete pass) for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Pretty much a massacre.

Both teams switched out their starting quarterbacks and kept the rest of their first teamers in the game in the second quarter. Derek Carr went 2 for 4 on his first drive and led the Raiders to a field goal with the first team offense. The Raiders first team defense stiffened up for a while with Stafford out in favor of Dan Orlovsky, but even that was short lived as the Lions picked up big chunks of yardage in the two-minute drill against them. They ended with a 55-yard field goal to head to the locker room with a score of 16-10, Lions.