The Oakland Raiders will be hosting the Detroit Lions for week 2 of the NFL preseason on Friday. Both teams had a dissatisfying opening preseason the week before, so both teams are going to try to redeem their performance on Friday at the O.co Coliseum.
Despite having a bad game, the Lions managed to win in week 1 of the preseason against the Cleveland Browns. Detroit played with mostly backups throughout the game against the Browns and did not look good doing it.
The Detroit Lions fumbled three times and also committed two turnovers against the Browns last week. It was a huge struggle, but the Lions managed the win with a game winning touchdown at the end. The final score was 13-12 in favor of Detroit.
As for the Oakland Raiders, things did not look good either for them for the first week of the preseason. Unlike the Lions, the Raiders did not manage a victory. Instead, the Raiders only managed to get six points against a Minnesota Vikings defense that was ranked 32nd last season.
Anyway, the Raiders are under a lot of pressure since the Silver and Black has not made playoffs for 11 years straight. Coach Dennis Allen has to have a successful 2014 season in his third year with the Raiders, or he will get canned!
Also, the Raiders are having problems with a future home. Rumors has it that the Raiders are considering many options for the 2015 season. One is to move to San Antonio. Another option that is flying around in the rumor world is that the Raiders are also considering Portland. Lastly, the Raiders could also share the new San Francisco 49ers stadium, Levi’s Stadium.
Hosting the game, the Raiders are pretty much forced to win it. The win will boost moral and it will help take away skepticism about the upcoming season for the Silver and Black.
The defense was not bad last week against the Vikings, only allowing 10 points with six sacks. The offense was another thing! The offense basically lacked in every aspect and did not produce anything to have confidence that the Raiders were a changed team.
The quarterback situation did not look that great either for the Raiders. However, it was only the first preseason game. Matt Schaub has to show that he can lead this team on Friday against the Lions, win or lose. It is important to do so in order to get the Raiders' moral up and ready to go for the regular season.
In the end, the Raiders are favored to win it by three points. The favoritism might be due to the fact that the Raiders are playing at home. Who knows? On the other hand, it is a positive aspect and the Raiders have to ride with it.
The game will be close in the end, but the Oakland Raiders will fight hard to save pride after what happened in week 1. The Detroit Lions will also be playing hard and might give their starters more playing time than last week. The final outcome will hopefully be in favor of the Raiders.