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Raiders in Rare Favorite Role Against Detroit

Detroit Lions vs Oakland Raiders Betting Odds and Preview

After seven weeks on the road, the Oakland Raiders finally return home Sunday to host Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. Oakland has covered the number in five of its last six at home, while the Lions have covered just two of their last 11 visits to West Coast opponents.

Matchup Information
  • Detroit Lions vs Oakland Raiders (Matchup Report)
  • Date/Time: November 3, 4:05 p.m. ET
  • TV Coverage: FOX
  • Opening Odds: Oakland -1.5 | O/U 51 (Line History)

Opening Odds Analysis

After nearly upsetting the Texans last week in Houston, the Raiders are favored for the first time in over a year at 22bet. Detroit has won just two of its last 10 games as a road underdog.

Detroit News & Notes

Already thinned by the recent trade of starter Quandre Diggs, the Lions secondary might be even weaker this week. The team reportedly might trade cornerback Darius Slay before Tuesday’s trade deadline, while cornerback Rashaan Melvin and safety Tracy Walker — the team’s leading tackler — departed last week’s 31-26 win over the Giants due to injury. The Lions pass defense was lit up in that game by New York rookie QB Daniel Jones, who threw for 322 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Fortunately for Detroit, its own signal-caller continues to play at an extremely high level. Matthew Stafford shook off a first-quarter interception to finish with 342 yards and three touchdowns, highlighted by a 12-for-12, 142-yard, two-touchdown performance in the second half. On the season, the Lions QB owns a sparkling 16-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Detroit will likely rely on Stafford again in this one due to a rushing attack that sputtered last week without injured starter Kerryon Johnson, gaining just 59 yards on 22 carries with a running back-by-committee approach.

Oakland News & Notes

Forgive Raiders fans if they feel like their team has already moved to Vegas. This game will be the Silver and Black’s first contest in Oakland in 48 days, thanks to a brutal early-season schedule that saw the Raiders visit Minnesota, Indianapolis, Green Bay and Houston on top of a “home game” in London, England.

All things considered, the Raiders have hung in there pretty well, posting outright wins over the Colts and Bears while nearly upsetting the Texans last week in Houston. “Our guys are playing hard. I think all the travel helped our team bond a little bit,” coach Jon Gruden told reporters this week.

If it weren’t for penalties and bad luck, the Raiders may have returned from their trip with a 3-2 record. Oakland was flagged for 15-yard penalties on three different Houston scoring drives, continuing a season-long theme that has seen the Raiders commit the most defensive penalties in the NFL. Oakland also came close to recovering a fumble by Houston in the fourth quarter, moments before the Texans scored the game-winning touchdown.

Returning home to where they’re 5-1 ATS in their last six games, the Raiders have an opportunity to make a move in the standings, especially with three straight home dates against teams that are all .500 or worse.

Betting Pick: Raiders -2

The 3-4 Raiders may be flying under the radar after playing such a tough first-half schedule. Look for them to exploit Detroit’s banged-up secondary in this spot.

Shark Bites
  • The Lions are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games on the West Coast.
  • The Raiders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games at home.
  • The total has gone OVER in 13 of the Raiders’ last 15 games when hosting an East Coast team.