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Week 9 Game Recap: Detroit Lions 24, Oakland Raiders 31


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Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions lost against the Raiders on Sunday, despite a strong offensive performance. Detroit got in a shootout with the Raiders, led by Matthew Stafford’s strong offensive stat line, despite several missed opportunities that could have created a bigger game. J.D. McKissic and Ty Johnson worked in a committee in the backfield while Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones both had strong performances.

Oakland Raiders

-Carr was excellent, making a few very impressive throws and taking care of the ball despite some awful snaps from the backup center that increased the degree of difficulty.

-Josh Jacobs was fantastic, showing off his elite blend of short area quickness and power to gobble up yardage between the tackles. He scored a pair of short-yardage touchdowns.

-Hunter Renfrow was the only Raiders pass catcher to see more than four targets and is emerging as one of Carr’s favorite options.

-The Lions regularly double-teamed Darren Waller, which led to a season-low two targets but opened up the field for the other receivers.

Detroit Lions

QB Matthew Stafford, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 26 - 41 - 406 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 6 - 0
Matthew Stafford produced a strong fantasy day despite struggling with accuracy in a loss to the Raiders. Stafford benefitted form big plays, including long throws to Marvin Jones and a long touchdown to Kenny Golladay on a busted coverage. Stafford later added a touchdown to Marvin Jones on a red zone post route and a touchdown to J.D. McKissic on a corner route out of the backfield. While his stat line looked good, Stafford took two bad sacks including one on the final drive of the game, threw an interception intended for Golladay that was underthrown, and missed multiple receivers. This was one of Stafford’s better fantasy games but he left throws and decisions on the field that could have helped Detroit get a road win. Stafford will face the Bears next week on the road.

RB Ty Johnson, 44 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 29 - 0, Rec: 3 - 7 - 0 (3 targets)
Ty Johnson was the primary ball carrier early in the game for the Lions before J.D. McKissic saw extensive playing time in the second half. Johnson was good running on the interior and saw a goal-line opportunity but was held scoreless. He also had three receptions but was stopped right at the catch on two receptions in the flat. On a positive note, both receptions were well covered and Johnson did a good job holding onto both balls. He projects for committee usage next week against a tough Bears defense.

RB J.D. McKissic, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 32 - 0, Rec: 3 - 40 - 1 (4 targets)
J.D. McKissic played in a committee with Ty Johnson against the Raiders on Sunday. He was effective running the ball despite a lost fumble and ran effectively on the interior and perimeter despite his small size. McKissic was involved in the passing game, including a thrown that was missed by Matthew Stafford but capitalized on his usage with a touchdown on a corner route out of the backfield. The backfield is in flux with Kerryon Johnson missing time, but McKissic has shown himself capable of playing in a committee going forward. He will face a tough Bears defense next week.

WR Marvin Jones, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 126 - 1 (10 targets)
Marvin Jones had a spectacular first half against the Raiders before a quiet second half. Jones had a contested-catch where he caught a deep pass falling down for 47 yards to set the Lions up in scoring position early in the game. He then added a touchdown on a red zone post route. Jones was all over the field and consistently making plays during the first half before contributing only a couple of receptions in the second half. He has a good rapport with Matthew Stafford and is the most diverse wide receiver in the Detroit offense. He will have a tough matchup next week against the Bears.

WR Kenny Golladay, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 132 - 1 (7 targets)
Kenny Golladay had a strong performance against the Raiders on Sunday with his big play coming on a busted coverage, where he was able to shed tacklers down the field for a touchdown. He also had a couple of good catches on intermediate routes across the field, including on a catch where he drew a defensive pass interference. Golladay had a lot of air yards in the game as he was overthrown on a deep pass and drew a defensive pass interference on a deep pass near the end zone. Golladay’s numbers were good, but he could have easily had a larger day if one of the two long throws was caught. Golladay will have a tough matchup next week against the Bears.

WR Danny Amendola, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 29 - 0 (5 targets)
Danny Amendola had a quiet day after consecutive strong performances. He had a short catch on the first drive of the game and later had a deep out for a third down conversion. He had opportunities for a bigger day but he was hurt by two errant throws by Matthew Stafford, including one at the goal line and another on a vertical perimeter route. Amendola faces a tough Chicago defense next week.

TE T.J. Hockenson, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 56 - 0 (7 targets)
T.J. Hockenson had one of his better performances of the season against the Raiders this week. Hockenson had a couple of easy catches, including one on a crossing pattern on play-action and another on a flat route where he had an easy run after the catch opportunity. He later added a good screen reception with a run after the catch that showed off his athleticism. Hockenson was hindered by errant throws from Matthew Stafford on multiple occasions, including a long throw down the seam. Hockenson faces a good Chicago defense in week 10.


Oakland Raiders

QB Derek Carr, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 31 - 289 - 2 TD / 0 INT
Carr had his best game of the season, playing near flawlessly. He showed much better pocket presence than we have typically seen from him. His confidence in his blockers is lightyears ahead of where it was last year. Some of his most impressive plays came on terrible shotgun snaps from the backup center. He snagged one off of his shoelaces on the opening drive and was still able to deliver a quick strike to Hunter Renfrow to keep the chains moving. A terrible snap bounced past him in the second quarter and he was able to pick it up on the run, elude a defender and throw the ball away to keep the Raiders in position for a manageable field goal attempt. Carr made some highlight-reel worthy throws as well. On a 3rd-and-12, he handled another bad snap and then drilled it into a small hole between two Lions defenders for a 14-yard pickup to Tyrell Williams. He showed tremendous touch on a deep wheel route to Jalen Richard, dropping it into a bucket over Richard’s shoulder between a trio of Lions defenders in the area for a 31-yard pickup. He had an easy 3-yard touchdown pass to Foster Moreau, who was wide open after finding an open spot in the zone. Carr made a really nice play on the game-winning 9-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow. Nothing was open initially so Carr sprinted to his left to buy time. Renfrow came open and Carr made a perfect pass on the run for the score.

RB Josh Jacobs, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 28 - 120 - 2 (2 targets)
Jacobs was fantastic against the Lions. The Raiders were able to establish the run early, handing it to Jacobs on their first three offensive snaps and picking up 28 yards as a result. He made a pair of beautiful cuts to get outside for a gain of 17 yards on the last of the three consecutive runs. He carried it seven times total on the first drive of the game, culminating in a 2-yard touchdown. He started up the middle and then bounced it outside, going untouched into the end zone. Jacobs had six carries on the Raiders second touchdown drive of the game, finding the end zone again by leaping over a defender who tried to tackle him low and extending the ball just over the goal line for a 3-yard touchdown. On the day, Jacobs carried it 28 times and gained at least a yard on all but one of the carries. He was able to consistently gain positive yardage and put the team in manageable downs and distances. Jacobs was extremely impressive in his ability to make subtle moves in tight quarters to make defenders miss with quick changes of direction. He did so while still running downhill and finished nearly every run with strong leg drive to fall forward at the end for extra yards. The only negative of Jacobs’ performance was his lack of impact as a pass catcher. He had a bad drop on a short route that bounced off his hands and was nearly intercepted.

RB Jalen Richard, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 12 - 0, Rec: 3 - 56 - 0 (4 targets)
Richard played 33% of the snaps, his most since Week 3. He was targeted unsuccessfully twice in the first half and had a short reception in the third quarter. That was it until the game-winning touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter when Richard suddenly became the go-to player for the Raiders. He touched it on four straight plays and gained 66 yards to get Oakland a first-and-goal. Richard started the drive with a beautiful over the shoulder catch in traffic for a 31-yard gain on a wheel route. The next two plays he ran up the middle for seven and then five yards. Then he lined up out wide and ran a crossing route, catching it on the run across the middle and dragging the defender for a gain of 23 yards.

RB DeAndre Washington, 7 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 7 - 0, Rec: 1 - 21 - 0 (1 targets)
Washington played just seven snaps. He made a nice catch out of the backfield, faking like he was going to run a wheel route and then making a sharp cut into the middle of the field. He caught the short pass from Carr, split a pair of defenders, and raced for a 21-yard gain.

WR Hunter Renfrow, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 54 - 1 (7 targets)
Renfrow still isn’t playing a ton of snaps (54%) but is emerging as Carr’s favorite target on key downs. His seven targets were three more than any other Raiders pass catcher against the Lions. He also had a short catch wiped out by an illegal block penalty. Renfrow held on through contact on an early 3rd-and-6, picking up 8 yards on a slant to get the Raiders into the red zone and setup the first touchdown of the game. He showed great hands to hold on for a 17-yard gain despite a defender chopping down on his arm when the ball arrived to get the Raiders down to the 3-yard line, setting up Oakland’s second touchdown of the game. Renfrow was Carr’s primary read on a 4th-and-3 but the pass was thrown way out of his reach. Renfrow caught the game-winning 9-yard touchdown on a broken play. Carr scramble out of the pocket rolling left. Renfrow sprinted across the end zone in the same direction, created some separation and then was able to keep both feet in bounds along the sideline as Carr delivered it to him in the front corner of the end zone.

WR Zay Jones, 66 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 3 - 0, Rec: 3 - 21 - 0 (4 targets)
Jones has quickly become an almost every down player for the Raiders. No skill position player (aside from Derek Carr) was on the field more than Jones, who played 92% of the snaps. He picked up 9 yards on a short dump off after going in motion across the formation pre-snap. Jones was targeted in the end zone on a 3rd-and-goal from the three-yard line and drew a pass interference penalty.

WR Tyrell Williams, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 48 - 0 (4 targets)
Williams had a couple mental errors early, drawing flags for a false start and an illegal block below the waist. He made a diving grab in double coverage for a gain of 14 on a 3rd-and-long. He came up with another key third down grab, catching a pass deep down the middle for a gain of 22 yards.

TE Darren Waller, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 52 - 0 (2 targets)
Waller’s snaps and targets were lower in this matchup. He had played over 90% of the snaps in all but one game this season prior to logging 79% in this one. He had seen at least five targets in every game coming in and saw just two. He made the most of his limited opportunities, however. He caught a deep out for 31 yards on his first target. He picked up 21 yards on a crossing route, using his elite speed to run away from the safety trying to keep up with him. After the game, Jon Gruden noted that Waller is starting to see more double teams and teams are rolling coverages his way. “There’s an old saying about, ‘We’re going to try to make you play left-handed,’” Gruden said about teams now trying to take away Waller. “We’re seeing that, so we’ve tried to improve our left hand.” The addition of Zay Jones, emergence of Hunter Renfrow, and return of Tyrell Williams combined with teams paying extra attention could lead to fewer targets moving forward.

TE Foster Moreau, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 3 - 1 (2 targets)
Moreau was only targeted twice but both were in the red zone. Carr targeted him just shy of the end zone on a wheel route but it was very well covered. Later, the two were able to hook up for a 3-yard touchdown. The Lions dropped 8 guys into coverage but Moreau was still able to find a hole in the zone for the easy completion.