Week 8 Preview: Detroit Lions vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Lions Week 8 Preview

The Detroit Lions are coming into this matchup off a tough loss to the Baltimore Ravens in their worst games of the season; this week, they return home and look to prove they are a different team and can rebound. They will take on the Las Vegas Raiders, who are coming off a terrible loss to the Chicago Bears last weekend.

Detroit Lions 5-2 (1st Place in NFC North) vs. Las Vegas Raiders 3-4 (2nd Place in AFC West)

Date: Monday, October 30
Time:  8:15 p.m. EST
TV Channel: ESPN
Location: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
Line: Lions -8.5 / O/U: 46

2023 Season Stats


2023 Offense (League Rank) 
Total Yards: 2639 (4)
Passing Yards: 1810 (4)
Rushing Yards: 829 (10)
2023 Defense (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 2218 (19)
Passing Yards Allowed: 1684 (27)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 534 (3)
2023 Cumulative Points Scored: 174 (7)
2023 Cumulative Points Allowed: 151 (20)

Las Vegas:

2023 Offense (per game averages) 
Total Yards: 1989 (21)
Passing Yards: 1509 (16)
Rushing Yards: 480 (30)
2023 Defense(per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 2215 (18)
Passing Yards Allowed: 1312 (9)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 903 (29)
2023 Cumulative Points Scored: 112 (25)
2023 Cumulative Points Allowed: 161 (23)

Series History/ All-Time Records

All-time head-to-head record: Las Vegas Leads 7-6-0
Current streak: Las Vegas has won one straight
Last Detroit win: 2015 (18-13)
Last Las Vegas win: 2019 (31-24)

2023 Top Players

Detroit Lions

Passing: Jared Goff – 174-256, 1902 yards, 11-4 (TD-INT)
Rushing: David Montgomery – 94 ATT, 385 YDS, 6 TD
Receiving: Amon-Ra St. Brown – 51 REC, 557 YDS, 3 TD
Tackles: Alex Anzalone – 50 (34-16)
Sacks: Aidan Hutchinson – 4.5
Interceptions: Jerry Jacobs – 3

Las Vegas Raiders

Passing: Jimmy Garoppolo – 100-147, 1079 YDS, 7-8 (TD-INT)
Rushing: Josh Jacobs – 118 ATT, 347 YDS, 2 TD
Receiving: Davante Adams – 46 REC, 528 YDS, 3 TD
Tackles: Robert Spillane – 57 (30-27)
Sacks: Maxx Crosby – 6.5
Interceptions: Tre’von Moehrig & Robert Spillane – 2

Lions Players To Watch:

Offense: Running Back – Jahmyr Gibbs

Gibbs got his first career start last week against the Ravens, who have a solid rush defense, and Gibbs still put up 68 yards on 11 carries for 6.2 yards per carry. This week, he is facing the 29th-ranked rush defense in football; look for Gibbs to be leaned on as the Lions try to get back on track.

Defense: Defensive Back – Cam Sutton

Sutton will be tasked with covering one of the best wide receivers in football, Davante Adams. Last week, the Lions’ secondary got torched by Lamar Jackson and the handful of weapons he has at his disposal. This week, Sutton will need to be shut down to get back in the win column.

Bottom Line: Detroit Lions look to get back on track

The Lions have their bye week coming up next week, but before that, they have a big game against the Raiders that they have to win and avenge the loss from last weekend. The defense was one of the best in all of football; they will need to get back to that this weekend, as the Raiders have weapons on offense in Adams, Josh Jacobs, and Jakobi Meyers. I am sure Aaron Glenn has reassessed everything and will have his group ready to rebound against Las Vegas.


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