Lions win again, beat Raiders, 18-13
The Lions have won for a second consecutive week.
Last week it was Green Bay, which was a stunner. This week it was Oakland, which was not as much of a stunner.
The Lions beat the Raiders, 18-13, behind a pretty good game from Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and a great game from the Lions defense.
Detroit finished this one off with an impressive drive that ended with the Lions taking a knee at the Raiders' goal line.
Theo Riddick had a big game, including catches of 21 yards and 11 yards on the clinching drive.
Corey Fuller had a beautiful block on the 21-yard catch.
The Lions return to action Thursday, hosting the Eagles for the annual Thanksgiving Day game.
Lions add a safety
The Lions thought they had a safety. But the refs disagreed.
No matter, they got the safety anyway, and now lead the Raiders, 18-13.
A holding call on first down was ruled to have occurred out of the end zone, ticking off this large crowd at Ford Field. Replays showed it was close.
On third down, the Raiders were called for holding again, this time definitely in the end zone, giving the Lions another two points and the ball.
One note on that Matthew Stafford touchdown, by the way: That was just the Lions' third rushing score of the season, and first since Week 3.
Lions back on top, 16-13
The Lions offense finally has come around in the fourth quarter.
Matthew Stafford led a huge, 88-yard drive, that ended with Stafford running it in for a score from 5 yards out.
That makes it 16-13 Lions with about 11 minutes left in the game.
Stafford had several huge plays on the drive, including an 18-yard run for a first down -- plus a nice shovel pass to Theo Riddick that resulted in a first down and a 16-yard gain.
Stafford looking about to be sacked on the third-day play, until he saw Riddick up the middle.
Stafford also threw a 17-yard pass to Calvin Johnson for a first down.
Raiders tack on three more points
The Raiders continue to figure out the Lions defense here in the second half.
Oakland added another field goal by Sebastian Janikowski -- this one from 56 yards -- to take a 13-9 lead over Detroit.
The Raiders have scored on all three of their possessions this half, after punting on all four possessions last half.
The Raiders were helped out by a Lions pass-interference call on third down, though it was a questionable call and definitely a late flag.
The big play from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was a 21-yard pass up the middle to Latavius Murray.
Meanwhile, the Lions offense has been a disaster after the break.
Raiders take lead over Lions
The Lions didn't take the best advantage of their red-zone opportunities.
The Raiders did. And that's the difference in the game, as the Raiders have taken a 10-9 lead over the Lions at Ford Field.
Sebastian Janikowski drilled a 48-yard field goal to give Oakland its first lead of the afternoon.
The Raiders were set up by a poor punt by Sam Martin, finishing near midfield.
The Lions also were penalized on the kick, helping Oakland even more.
And all of a sudden, this large crowd is dead silent.
Raiders score to start second half
The Raiders didn't even have 100 yards of total offense in the first half.
They had 80 on their opening drive of the second half, scoring a touchdown to cut the Lions' lead to 9-7.
Latavius Murray ran it in from the 1-yard line for the score.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr found Seth Roberts for 43 yards on the first play of the half, and Oakland kept charging from there.
Carr had a big, 8-yard run on third down in the red zone, helping to set up the touchdown.
It looked like the Lions had an interception to stop the drive, but Detroit was called for defensive holding, so it was called back.
Lions lead Raiders, 9-0, at the half
The Lions have posted a shutout since 1996.
But they're halfway there, leading the Raiders, 9-0, at the break this afternoon at Ford Field. Matt Prater hit his third field goal, from 51 yards, just before halftime, capping off another solid drive by Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford -- who had a big throw to Calvin Johnson for 36 yards on the drive.
The defense has given Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and Co. nothing to work with. They've punted on all four of their full possessions.
Oakland has had a little room to run, but the passing game just hasn't been there, other than some quick slants.
On the flip side, Stafford has looked OK, though the Lions might regret having to settle for field goals on their first two drives. They had golden opportunities to score touchdowns. Stafford has overthrown a few receivers, including Ameer Abdullah in the end zone on the second drive.
Lions defense putting on a show
The Raiders have had three possessions, and they've punted all three times.
The Lions defense looks good early, and Detroit leads 6-0 early in the second quarter.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has thrown for just 41 yards, while the Raiders have rushed for just 68 -- with Marquette King leading the way with 47.
On the injury front, Raiders running back Taiwan Jones is questionable with a knee injury.
Lions tack on three more points
The Lions are moving the ball -- just not far enough.
On their second drive, again, they settled for a field goal -- a 41-yard boot by Matt Prater.
Detroit had first down at the 20, but Matthew Stafford just barely overthrew Ameer Abdullah in the end zone.
Stafford then was sacked on third down, forcing the field-goal try.
On the drive, Stafford found Joique Bell for an 18-yard gain, and Calvin Johnson for 16- and 9-yard receptions.
Lions take the early lead
Coming off a nice win over the Packers last week, the Lions are off to a quick start today against the Raiders at Ford Field.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford led the Lions on an impressive opening drive, though a pivotal holding penalty in the red zone limited Detroit to just a 29-yard field goal by Matt Prater. The drive began on the 20.
Stafford was on target early, finding Theo Riddick for 16 yards and Lance Moore for 21 yards.
The fans are into it and loud, albeit a late-arriving crowd that might've been scared off by the snowstorm last night.
Turned out to be a beautiful day. Too bad the game's indoors.