After struggling in all facets of the game in their 10-6 loss to the Minnesota Vikings to open up preseason, the Raiders found some momentum and remained calm even when the Lions looked to be pulling away. It would be second-year quarterback, Matt McGloin, who would finalize the comeback win with a 19-yard touchdown pass with just six seconds remaining to secure the win.
Veteran quarterback Matt Schaub looked much better than in the preseason opener and got off to a solid start. After receiving the opening kickoff, Schaub was driving the Raiders down the field to the Lions 33 yard line. Unfortunately, on a 2nd and 6, Schaub made a throw to James Jones who had the ball tip off of his hands and into the hands of Lions cornerback James Ihedigbo. Ihedigbo returned the ball to the Raiders 37 yard line.
It didn’t take long for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford to get his offense into the end zone, finding Golden Tate for a 28 yard touchdown pass on second down. Tate beat Tarell Brown badly on a double move to get open and to put the Lions up 6-0 early, after the Lions missed the new 33-yard extra point. The missed extra point would obviously prove to be crucial in the Raiders’ one-point victory.
After a Raiders three-and-out, Stafford would get the Lions back into the end zone with his second touchdown of the night as he found Kris Durham for the touchdown over rookie cornerback TJ Carrie. Stafford finished the game 9/10 for 88 yards and two touchdowns, good enough for a quarterback rating of 142.9.
Schaub would get his offense into the end zone with an 11 play, 60-yard drive. The Raiders offense benefited from multiple penalties on the Lions and finished the drive off with a one-yard touchdown run by Darren McFadden. Schaub’s day would be done after finishing 8/13 for 87 yards and one interception.
Rookie second-round pick Derek Carr got some snaps with the first-team offense after Schaub left after his touchdown drive.
The rookie quarterback looked improved on offense, leading the offense to a touchdown of his own. Carr showed off that strong arm of his to find Greg Little deep down the sideline to get the Raiders to the Lions three-yard line. The catch was reminiscent to a ball thrown by Carr to Little against the Cowboys during their joint practices that Little dropped.
Carr finalized the touchdown drive on a beautiful ball on a rollout pass to tight end Jake Murphy to bring the score to 23-17.
After remaining relatively quiet in the stats, Raiders rookie linebacker Khalil Mack would record his first NFL sack in the third quarter when he got to Kellen Moore in the third quarter. Mack followed up the play with a tackle of the ball carrier for a loss on the very next play.
Down 26-20, Carr would be given an attempt to make a fourth-quarter comeback. With 1st and 10 and his offense driving, Carr was hit hard from behind and taken to the ground hard. Carr got up slowly and was seen pointing to his ribs and shaking his head “no”. McGloin would have to come in to replace him.
Allen did not mention any rib injury in his postgame press conference, just saying that he left the game with a concussion.
“He had a concussion and that’s really the only update I have,” Allen said.
“Well he’s got sore ribs,” Allen would continue later on. “I don’t know exactly what his ribs are, but the concussion was why he was out of the game.”
Carr finished the game 9/16 for 109 yards, earning praise from his veteran mentor Schaub.
“I thought he did well,” Matt Schaub said of the rookie quarterback. “I thought he stepped in and made some plays and I’ll have to go back and watch the tape, but I thought he did well.”
McGloin would be the quarterback to orchestrate the comeback drive after the Raiders forced a three-and-out to get the ball back with 2:32 remaining in the game.
McGloin would find second-year wide receiver Brice Butler for a 19-yard touchdown on third down with just six seconds to put the Raiders up. McGloin calmly drove the Raiders offense down 68 yards on 13 plays for the game-winning drive. McGloin finished 7/15 for 114 yards and one touchdown.
The Raiders also benefited from having less penalties compared to their 13-penalty week one. The Raiders had seven on Friday night, many of which came late in the game.
“There were fewer penalties, especially pre-snap penalties that put you behind the sticks,” Schaub said. “There weren’t even physical things, they were just mental things the last week so that was a positive. Definitely still some things we’ve got to clean up, but overall guys played good football and we found a way to win as a team and that was the important thing.”
The Raiders head back out on the road to take on the Green Bay Packers in their third preseason game of the year.