Oakland Raiders: Keys To Victory Over Detroit Lions

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Nov 15, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders tight end Lee Smith (86) catches a pass in front of Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) in the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Exploit the Weak Spots

One thing the Raiders haven’t done exceedingly well this season – or at least, they haven’t done it with a lot of consistency – is identifying the chinks in their opponent’s armor and then using that to their advantage.

That needs to change in a hurry. Oakland has to find the weak spot in that armor, drive the knife in, and twist.

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For the Lions, the chink in their armor is their defense. They have the twenty-fifth ranked defense overall, giving up 384yards. They give up 260 yards through the air per game – good for twenty-fifth in the NFL – and 124 on the ground – good for twenty-eighth in the league. And only New Orleans gives up more points per game than Detroit.

Detroit’s defense is perfectly awful. And with an offense led by Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Latavius Murray and Michael Crabtree. Oakland’s offense is bursting with weapons and they desperately need to play an electrifying – and full – sixty minute game.

The Raiders must absolutely take it to Detroit’s defense. They need to attack, attack, and attack some more. There are holes all over the defensive side of the ball for the Lions and the Raiders absolutely must exploit them.

Derek Carr had his third 300 plus yardage, multiple touchdown game in a row. That’s a trend that has to continue this week. Carr and his offensive weaponry absolutely must take the fight right to the Detroit defense, really exploit those holes, and really put it on them.

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