With the Detroit Lions set to take on the Oakland Raiders in week 11, here are game predictions from the Detroit Jock City staff.
Winning in Green Bay last week means the Detroit Lions have their second chance of the season to do something they haven’t done yet: win back-to-back games. What looked fixed in their win over the Chicago Bears turned out to be not so fixed the next time out in losing to the Minnesota Vikings. Things only got worse from there in the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in London.
Martha Ford has said the family is not giving up on this season and expects to see improvement and results. The only way to claim those thing is to string some wins in a row, starting this week against the Oakland Raiders.
But will they do it?
Here is what the Detroit Jock City staff sees for the game ahead.
Aaron Huizenga (6-3) – The Lions carry a ton of momentum into this game following their first win at Lambeau Field since 1991. Oakland comes in with a record of 4-5, but are starting to show signs of a franchise on the rise. The Lions defense came up big last weekend, but I still don’t trust them or think they are very good. The Raiders offense is full of weapons and I think Derek Carr will have his way in this one. Lions lose in a close game, 27-21.
Zac Snyder (6-3) – Last week’s road win over the Green Bay Packers might be cause to re-evaluate everything I thought about the Detroit Lions franchise, but if there is anything I know for sure, it is that success is fleeting and the only constant is inconsistency. A team we did not recognize showed up in beating the Packers last week but I’m perfectly comfortable predicting the team we know to show up this week to lose a late heart-breaker. Raiders 27, Lions 26
Matt Snyder (4-5) – Anything is possible now that the Detroit Lions have done the impossible and won a road game in the state of Wisconsin. The home crowd will be out in full support of the Honolulu Blue, and the Lions find a way to win by a field goal. Lions 27, Raiders 24
Mike Rizzo (4-5) – Can the Lions win two in a row for the first time this season? I say no. I still don’t trust this team and this Raiders team is not the same bad Raiders team that’s been around for the last few years. I see a high scoring game but the Lions coming out on the wrong end. Raiders 38, Lions 28
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Erik Schlitt (3-6) – This game screams shootout. Both teams have top ten passing offenses: Raiders 6th and Detroit 8th. Both teams have bottom ten passing defenses: Raiders 31st and Detroit 23rd. Expect Matthew Stafford and Derek Carr to take to the air and light up the score board. Darius Slay has been great the last few weeks but can the Lions overcome so many injuries to their secondary? Can the Lions offensive line slow down the Raiders pass rush? The answer needs to be yes to both questions if the Lions want to have a chance of winning this week. My mid-season prediction had the Raiders winning this one, but after last week’s win in Green Bay, the Lions have sucked me back in. Playing at home gives the Lions the edge they need and they win in a high scoring contest. Lions 35, Raiders 31.
Braden Shackelford (2-7) – The Lions are coming off of a win in Green Bay and will be looking to carry that win over to a home game against the 4-5 Raiders team. I like the Lions in this game as a bit of an upset. Lions win 20-17.