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11/22/15. Raiders at Lions. Week 11. CBS, 1:05pm.

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The Lions haven't lost to Oakland since 1996, a 3 game streak.

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(4-5) @ (2-7)

Your Detroit Lions

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The Oakland Raiders

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NFC Conference

Week 11

Location: Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.

Date: November 22nd, 2015

Time: 1:05pm EST

This game is a presentation of:

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Television Broadcast Provided by:

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CBS

Radio Broadcast Provided by:

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Sirius / XM, Ch 81.

Official Lions / Packers Highlights:

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Sandman's Lions / Packers Slowlights:

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Lions hold on for historic win over Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Matthew Stafford couldn't bear to watch with his team on the verge of another heartbreaking moment.

Instead, the Detroit Lions held on for a signature win in the unlikeliest of places.

Stafford threw for two touchdowns, and Detroit stopped a 24-game road losing streak against the Green Bay Packers with an 18-16 victory Sunday despite a late blunder by Calvin Johnson. "I bet nobody gave us a chance, but that's the way we like it," Stafford said. Mason Crosby missed a 52-yard field goal as time expired after the Packers recovered an onside kick that was mishandled by Johnson with about 31 seconds left.

Detroit (2-7) had stopped Green Bay on a 2-point conversion attempt after Aaron Rodgers hit Justin Perillo for an 11-yard touchdown pass on the previous drive. Backup cornerback Crezdon Butler, signed from the practice squad on Friday, stuck a hand in front of Davante Adams to break up the conversion try.

A nervous Stafford said he couldn't watch that play. He threw for 242 yards for the league-worst Lions, an organization that had been reeling following the midseason firings of the team president and general manager. "We don't really care who gives us a chance, because we feel good about ourselves in that locker room and we know what we're about," Stafford said. The Packers (6-3) lost their third straight game, but this was a new low after their two previous defeats came on the road to Super Bowl contenders Denver and Carolina.

"We dropped one today that we felt we had a very good opportunity to win," coach Mike McCarthy said. A sluggish game filled with three-and-outs turned into a thriller in the fourth quarter. The Lions barely held on for their first road win against Green Bay since 1991. Matt Prater missed two extra points, but also hit field goals from 49 and 51 yards. "To be able to come in here and get a win is pretty special," coach Jim Caldwell said.

Rodgers was 35 of 61 for 333 yards, but wasn't at his best. Receivers including Randall Cobb and Adams had a few drops. Green Bay finally got into the end zone when Rodgers found tight end Richard Rodgers for a 4-yard touchdown pass with 5:55 left. Lance Moore's 4-yard touchdown reception increased Detroit's lead to 18-10, and the Lions held off the Packers following Perillo's score.

It has been a precipitous decline for a quick-strike offense that was once the envy of the NFL. The Packers' running game stalled, with James Starks gaining just 42 yards on 15 carries against the league's 26th-ranked defense. "This isn't easy," McCarthy said. "And frankly, if we spoiled you in the past, that's great. We're looking forward to spoiling you again in the future."

Even Crosby's 44-yard field goal in the first quarter needed a little luck after glancing off the left upright but over the crossbar. Otherwise, a Detroit defense without linebacker DeAndre Levy and cornerback Rashean Mathis for the year frustrated Aaron Rodgers and the Packers for much of the afternoon.

"We played physical," Butler said. "We wanted to control (Rodgers) so we brought pressure and we were in their faces." The win could ease the pressure, at least for the time being, on Caldwell. Besides the turnover at the top of the organization, the Lions also fired their offensive coordinator and two line coaches a few weeks ago.

The Lions didn't accomplish much against the Packers' rejuvenated defense until the fourth quarter. But the Packers were just as bad until the final few minutes. Protection was spotty. Rodgers made some uncharacteristically shaky throws. "We had some opportunities, I missed some throws and we missed some opportunities to convert and put some more points on the board," Rodgers said. "We needed 19 points to win today. You would expect us at home to score 19."

Notes:

Lions vs. Raiders preview

HISTORY

The Lions return home for the beginning of a three-game stretch at Ford Field. First up is Oakland, who’ll be facing Detroit for just the 12th time. Detroit won the last meeting, 28-27, in 2011. Oakland leads the all-time series, 6-5.

BY THE NUMBERS

31.9: Ameer Abdullah’s average per kickoff return, which leads the NFL. The Raiders have allowed two kickoff return touchdowns this season.

6: Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree’s combined 100-yard receiving performances this year (three each).

24: Plays of 25+ yards for Oakland's offense this season.

5 KEYS

Pressure Carr

Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin did a good job getting after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers last week. Austin dialed up the blitz 25 times, including that crucial two-point conversion attempt late in the game.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been sacked just 10 teams all year. He’s seen pressure on just 88 drop backs, according to Pro Football Focus stats, which are the fifth fewest in the league. He has a 55.3 percent completion percentage on those pressured throws with five touchdowns and three interceptions.

Carr has 21 touchdowns vs. six interceptions this season with a 101.5 passer rating. He leads the NFL with 10 touchdown passes of 25-plus yards. Carr has weapons all around him at the skill positions, so if the Lions fail to pressure him, and let plays develop downfield, it could be a long day for the defense.

Take some shots

Oakland doesn’t rank better than 23rd in any major statistical category on defense, and just lost one of their best pass rushers, Aldon Smith, to a yearlong suspension.

The 37 passing plays of 20-plus yards the Raiders have given up are fourth most in the NFL. Add that to the seven passes of 40-plus yards Oakland’s given up and there should be plays to be had down the field for Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Lance Moore and Eric Ebron.

Keep it away from Woodson

The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 with the Packers is still going strong in Oakland at 39 years old.

Woodson is the NFL’s active leader in interceptions (65) and also leads the league this season with five.

“He has an uncanny ability, the knack to understand concepts and then get himself in the right place at the right time,” head coach Jim Caldwell said of Woodson.

Woodson has 46 tackles on the year, too, so he’s also willing to mix it up in the box.

He’s one of the best safeties in then NFL after being one of the league’s best cornerbacks for more than a decade. Matthew Stafford will have to be very aware of where Woodson is on the field at all times.

He has eight career interceptions vs. the Lions and has returned three of those for touchdowns.

Get Ameer Abdullah more involved

The Lions are on pace to become just the fourth team since 1990 to average less than 70.0 yards per game on the ground.

Detroit averaged just 1.7 yards per rush in a 45-yard performance in Green Bay last week. Credit offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter for sticking with the run, however. The Lions totaled 26 attempts in the game.

Abdullah had just five carries on those 26 attempts in Green Bay on the heels of getting just one rush the game prior vs. Kansas City.

Cooter admitted Thursday that Abdullah's ball security issues have played a factor in his limited role recently at running back.

“Plays a role in every play caller I think," Cooter said. "When you feel secure that the guy you’re handing the ball to is going to have it at the end of the play and it’s not going to end up on the ground it’s a lot easier to call that run for that guy.

"So it’s a process with every running back and Ameer had a rough start to the season, he’s fighting his way back through that, but it’s a difficult process there’s a lot of big, strong guys in this league doing everything they can to knock that thing out. So he can certainly build confidence by controlling that thing a little bit better.”

The only way Abdullah can prove to Cooter he's overcome that hurdle is to give the rookie the football and let him prove it. He needs to get more touches.

Build on the momentum

Last week’s win in Green Bay was just the second of the season for the Lions, but it was a big one for a lot of obvious reasons.

It ended their 24-game losing streak in Wisconsin. Stafford showed he could go on the road and beat a good opponent by out-dueling Aaron Rodgers.

The Lions haven’t won back-to-back games since last December and need to bring the momentum gained by that win last week into Ford Field in front of their home crowd against another good opponent with playoff aspirations. Start fast and let the momentum continue to build.

NFC North Standings:

Minnesota (7-2) .778

Green Bay (6-3) .667

Chicago (4-5) .444

Detroit (2-7) .222

Lions Injury News:

Don Carey S Back Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

Calvin Johnson WR Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Probable

Nevin Lawson CB Concussion Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

Ezekiel Ansah DE Toe Full Participation in Practice Probable

Jason Jones DE Not Injury Related Full Participation in Practice Probable

Joique Bell RB Shoulder Full Participation in Practice Probable

Sam Martin P Back Full Participation in Practice Probable

Gabe Wright DT Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice Out

Glover Quin S Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable

Raiders Injury News:

Neiron Ball LB Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out

D.J. Hayden CB Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable

Taylor Mays S Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable

Charles Woodson S Shoulder Full Participation in Practice Probable

Rodney Hudson C Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

Lee Smith TE Wrist Did Not Participate In Practice Doubtful

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Edited by Shinma

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This game and thus this season is in a way, in danger of becoming 2010 all over it again. In 2010, I wanted Patrick Peterson (or Prince Amukamara, but mostly Peterson) in the 2011 draft pretty much all year. The Lions were in line to get him all the way up until the final 3 games of the season, where they went on a meaningless winning streak and ended up with Fairley instead. At this point, with the way the season is going, I want the best draft position possible, to get us the best player possible. Also, in the event that Sheldon White isn't our next GM and we actually get a new one, I want to set that person up in the best position possible to either get a great talent or have room to maneuver down in the draft and acquire more picks. I'd also be very concerned that if they start winning, Sheldon White and Jim Caldwell will be more line to keep their jobs next season.

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And now they gotta kick a FG. The drop cost them 4 points. 3-0 Lions. Great opening drive anyhow.

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Yep, Ebron stinks.

Ding Dong The Witch is Dead. When TP admits that Ebron sucks, you know it's time to throw in the towel.

I didn't like the pick from Day 1. It's too bad that I wasn't wrong.

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