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Lions’ pass rush a good test for Raiders

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If the second preseason game is any indication, the success of the Raiders’ offense could very well come down to whether it can counter pass rush pressure.

Though the Lions didn’t sack Raiders starter Matt Schaub, Detroit was able to get after the 11th-year passer on several of his dropbacks. While Schaub did complete 8-of-13 passes for 87 yards, it wasn’t always pretty for the Raiders’ passing game and pass protection, and Oakland had some real problems at times.

However, on Schaub’s last drive, the Raiders adjusted well to the Lions’ tactics. When the Lions rushed four and sent two more rushers late, the Raiders hit a 22-yard screen pass with Maurice Jones-Drew, who ran with some spark on Friday night.

In Jones-Drew and fullback Marcel Reece, the Raiders have two very good pass catching backs — the kind of backs who can beat a blitz. The Raiders are going to need to connect on these counterpunches to get some of the heat off of Schaub.

That said, there are many ways to beat pressure, and the Raiders showed a few of them on Friday night. Rookie quarterback Derek Carr, for his part, showed he could buy some time with his feet and deliver with accuracy on the run when he rolled right and connected with James Jones for 16 yards on his first drive. Now that was interesting, one to file away.

This was a good audition for Oakland, to draw a defense with this sort of pass rush with the regular season drawing ever closer.

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20 Responses to “Lions’ pass rush a good test for Raiders”
  1. hyzers says: Aug 16, 2014 1:02 AM

    That screen pass were the Lions 2s who only played a quarter. Raiders left their starters besides Shaub in the game until half time. Ziggy Ansah also wasn’t playing in this game…

  2. elwaysteeth says: Aug 16, 2014 1:47 AM

    Matt McGloin delivers again. Raiders win.

  3. jimmysee says: Aug 16, 2014 2:02 AM

    James Jones torches Detroit — a familiar story!

  4. scrotiemcb says: Aug 16, 2014 2:04 AM

    The Sun Belt Conference title game would be a good test for the Raiders.

  5. raiders4ever says: Aug 16, 2014 3:50 AM

    very good game ..to me we got alot of reps offense and Defense against a solid team in the Lions..also 3rd string QB McGloin looked sharp in the 4th qt after Carr went down…i know just pre season but it was hard hitting game and we stood up to them toe to toe

  6. raideralex99 says: Aug 16, 2014 3:58 AM

    It comes down to coaching … a good coach can always counter a pass rush with good play calling.
    Just ask Palmer.

  7. raiderufan says: Aug 16, 2014 7:20 AM

    Sorry bud but that was against starters…I watched it about 20 minutes ago and they had all 3 LB’s and I know Suh, Fairley and Young were on the field for that drive. Suh and Fairley jumped offside just a couple plays earlier. I couldn’t say with regards to the DB’s but that was against starters.

  8. fortdetroit42 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:00 AM

    @raiderufan

    You “know” Suh, Fairley, and Young were on the field for that drive huh? Interesting, considering Young isn’t a Lion anymore and signed with the Bears.

  9. raiderufan says: Aug 16, 2014 8:47 AM

    You’re correct. I believe it was Jones. Went too quick to thoughts of last year….all the same. Plenty of Lions starters were left on the field.

  10. purplefail says: Aug 16, 2014 9:22 AM

    Split hairs much?

  11. deafcone says: Aug 16, 2014 10:13 AM

    doesn’t matter. its a preseason game. stafford is looking very good so far. the defense is playing ok.
    the lions always get burned on screens. what will matter is how the lions do for a full game. gonna be fun to watch.

  12. greengoldandbold says: Aug 16, 2014 10:46 AM

    The 3rd preseason game is the only one you can make anything close to a judgement of progress. Usually the starters will play a full first quarter and into the second quarter. Maybe a full first half.
    The rest of this means very little. It’s coaches looking at combinations of players and trying to make decisions on his final roster. Who really cares about win/loss in preseason ? It’s almost unwatchable after the starters leave.

  13. source7769 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:18 AM

    fairley is a backup now, young isnt on the team and jones was out all last year i wouldnt take much stock into your raiders after all you are starting shaub at qb

  14. spankmarley says: Aug 16, 2014 12:02 PM

    Schaub> Stafford

  15. hyzers says: Aug 16, 2014 1:03 PM

    Stafford had a 142.9 QBR

  16. El Pollo Loco says: Aug 16, 2014 2:22 PM

    Raider fans get so excited over winning a preseason game it’s funny.

  17. JSpicoli says: Aug 16, 2014 2:53 PM

    Thanks for sharing that.

  18. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 16, 2014 2:58 PM

    I can’t wait for Willie Young to bury Stafford. The look on Lion’s fans face will be priceless!

  19. racerx1225 says: Aug 16, 2014 3:14 PM

    And the Raiders pass rush was in Stafford’s face.

  20. zamp27 says: Aug 16, 2014 3:50 PM

    The Lion’s #1 offence torched the Raider’s #1 defense for 14 points on their opening 2 drives as they should. After Stafford came out who cares what happened.

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