Getting work for the entire roster is key for the second preseason game. What needs to happen for the Oakland Raiders when they host the Detroit Lions?
Subplot: Donald Penn and the offensive line
When it comes to the starters, the key point for this contest will reside up front, particularly with the offensive line. Left tackle Donald Penn stated he expects the Oakland Raiders to run all day and night. If he believes that, then what better an early test than against the fierce Lions front of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.
Ride Derek Carr and Matt McGloin
This game is not going to feature the starters for very long. That means it will be up to the reserves to bring home a win. For Oakland their biggest asset may rest in their quarterback depth. Not only do they have talented rookie 2nd round pick Derek Carr, fresh off leading the NCAA in passing, but the also have Matt McGloin at third string who started six games for them in 2013. Those two will have a chance to go off on a Lions secondary that already has question marks at the starting positions, let alone the reserves.
Counter Calvin Johnson
By that same token the Oakland Raiders have their own issues to work through in the secondary. The Detroit Lions are a throwing team from the top down, so it will fall to the coaches to get a rebuilding section of the defense to play well because Calvin Johnson is coming to down and he should have help. Rookie tight end Eric Ebron will be there as will new free agent addition Golden Tate. The Oakland Raiders cannot let that group get off to a fast start.
Prediction: Raiders win 31-24