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Golden Tate gives Lions early lead at Oakland


Even without star wideout Calvin Johnson, the Lions’ first-team offense is off to a fast start in Friday’s exhibition at Oakland.

And it’s the passing game that has been the catalyst for Detroit.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown a pair of first-quarter TD passes, with a 28-yard score to Golden Tate first putting Detroit on the board. Then, on the Lions’ next series, Stafford found rookie tight end Eric Ebron for 23 yards on third down to keep the drive alive, then hit wideout Kris Durham for a four-yard jump-ball TD to give Detroit a 13-0 lead.

As the Lions’ starting offense has soared, the Raiders’ attack has faltered after a solid start. A promising first drive ended in a turnover, when a Matt Schaub pass hit off of James Jones‘ hands and was picked by safety James Ihedigbo. On the Raiders’ next possession, the Lions’ pass rush gave the Raiders fits, resulting in a three-and-out.

About the only major negative for the Lions thus far was rookie kicker Nate Freese missing a 33-yard extra point off the right upright. Overall, though, the Lions’ starters have shown well in their second warm-up.

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13 Responses to “Golden Tate gives Lions early lead at Oakland”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 15, 2014 10:50 PM

    And Ebron wasn’t just assuming to get a perfect pass on account of being wide open and showed that he can anticipate having to make an adjustment to still haul in the catch, off to a good start!

  2. elwaysteeth says: Aug 15, 2014 10:53 PM

    After seeing the replay, I’d say the ball was picked cleanly, it never reached the receiver. That one is on the QB.

  3. pacificnw7722 says: Aug 15, 2014 11:01 PM

    Donut eating dude will put up SERIOUS numbers this year………mark it.

  4. dynastybeforeyoureyes says: Aug 15, 2014 11:11 PM

    An ex Hawk is involved what did you expect?

  5. hyzers says: Aug 15, 2014 11:41 PM

    That’s funny the Raiders leaving their starters in for the whole first half when the Lions starters only play a quarter.

  6. leatherface2012 says: Aug 15, 2014 11:43 PM

    this preseason is very tedious. lets get to real ball already

  7. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Aug 15, 2014 11:58 PM

    He was a very smart pickup by the Lions. I don’t think WE’LL miss him too much, as much as I thought we would a few months back.

  8. numberoneinthehoodg says: Aug 16, 2014 12:07 AM

    The announcers called it an “In the park homerun”.

  9. nativeraider says: Aug 16, 2014 1:40 AM

    RAIDERS win. Longtime believer of McGloin.

  10. usdcoyotesfan says: Aug 16, 2014 11:17 AM

    Tate pushed off and didn’t catch the ball against the Packers.

  11. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 16, 2014 11:34 AM

    LOL at Golden Tate starting on an NFL team.. wow!

  12. 777thunder9999 says: Aug 17, 2014 12:49 PM

    Wow Lions are playing just like last year. They are off to an early lead and then they throw away the game in the final seconds. Classic Lions. Only they can lose in epic fashion. Id say a 6-10 Season. Go Pack.

  13. twelsh36446 says: Aug 19, 2014 6:58 AM

    That ball never got to the Oakland receiver. The CB tapped right to the safety.

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