Not since the rout by the Bengals in the season opener have the Raiders played an uglier game than they did Sunday against the Lions. Playing that way against the Bengals made at least some sense considering the Bengals are one of the best teams in the league this season. Playing that way against the Lions is inexcusable.
Thoughout the first half, the Raiders defense was playing ‘bend but don't break' football. Not that they have much of a choice; it's either that or just break. Meanwhile the offense was taking a 30-minute break. And therefore the Lions took a 9-0 lead at half time off of three field goals.
Suddenly in the third quarter, the offense decided to get off the couch and score on their first two possessions to take a 13-9 lead. It wouldn't last because the Lions took their first drive of the fourth quarter for their first touchdown of the day.
From there on out the Raiders were pathetically bad the rest of the way. The offense ran seven plays with the final play being a safety for the final score of 18-13. That score was upheld by a final Lions drive that bled 7:22 off the clock. A complete and utter collapse. So, let's get to it, shall we?
Mack led the team with 8 tackles, all solo. Two of those tackle were for a loss. He added a QB hurry as well. Midway through the second quarter, with the Lions up 6-0, he made the stop on third down on a catch short of the sticks to force a punt.
In the third quarter, after the Raiders had scored for the first time to pull to within two at 9-7, he had a tackle for a loss of one on first down, and made the run stop on second down as well. It set up third and five where Matt Stafford was sacked. The favorable field position helped the Raiders to get into field goal range and take the 10-9 lead on the next drive. Then two plays later, he had another tackle for a loss of one to help lead to a three-and-out.
On the Lions long last drive, Mack seemed to be the only Raiders defender stopping anything. They got a first down on the second play. Then Mack made a run stuff for one yard. They got the first down on the next play on a screen pass. The play after that, Mack had another run stuff for one yard. And the Lions threw for the first down the following play. Mack had the effort, even if it was ultimately all for naught.
Four passes defended. That's impressive by itself. More impressive is three of those came while defending Calvin Johnson. Amerson's biggest pass defended was his first which came on third and goal from the 11-yard-line. He knocked down the Stafford pass intended for Golden Tate at the goal line and the Lions would be held to a field goal.
In total, Amerson gave up two catches for 24 yards in the game. Neither of those catches came on the final, clock-draining, game-sealing drive in the final minutes.
Michael Crabtree - Led the team with six catches for 50 yards. And he should have had one more, but it was ruled incomplete due to the NFL's ridiculous and nonsensical catch rules.
Sebastian Janikowski - Hit both of his field goals, including a 56-yarder which gave the Raiders a 13-9 lead to begin the fourth quarter.