Oakland Raiders: The good, bad, and ugly in preseason win over the Lions

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OAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 10: Head coach Jon Gruden (L) and Owner Mark Davis (R) of the Oakland Raiders talking with each other while looking on as their team warms up prior to the start of a preseason NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on August 10, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

The Oakland Raiders got their preseason started off on the right foot with a win – let’s take a look at some of the good, bad, and ugly from that game.

Yeah, it’s just one preseason game, but Oakland Raiders fans have got to like what they saw from the team in the opener against Detroit.

Of course, it’s hard to judge much of anything after one meaningless game. As meaningless as the game was though, it doesn’t take away the fact that the Raiders did some nice things during that glorified scrimmage, and have some youngsters, as well as guys who might be on the roster bubble, who showed they have some ability, and might be more than just camp bodies.

The game wasn’t spectacular, and there were plenty of sloppy plays, but there were also some really solid moments. Moments this team can build on as they move forward, heading toward a season where the expectations of them are all over the board.

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Many – if not most – though, don’t expect all that much from a squad that horribly underachieved their way to a 6-10 record last season. Not even Jon Gruden returning to the sidelines, and the allure of Chucky Part II are giving the oddsmakers and talking heads a lot of confidence in the Raiders this season.

The underdog card and general lack of belief in them though, should put a nice chip on their shoulders they can use to power them through the season.

Hey, it worked for the Philadelphia Eagles last year…

Being disrespected and having a chip on their shoulder or not though, if Gruden hopes to get the Raiders back on a winning track, it’s going to take playing some sound, fundamental football – something the team failed at completely last season.

They’re a work in progress, to be sure, but their opening game against Detroit provided some encouraging glimpses of what kind of team the Raiders can be this year.

So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the good, the bad, and the ugly from their preseason opener…