A pair of improving NFL teams are set to square off on Sunday for a Week 9 battle. The Detroit Lions will travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders in what should be one of the best games of the weekend.
Both the Lions and Raiders are still in the playoff race in their respective conferences, but they have some work to do.
Oakland has lost two straight games, with both of them coming against tough opponents on the road. The Raiders are still in second place in the AFC West Division with a record of 3-4 so far this season.
Detroit got back in the win column a week ago but still sits at just 3-3-1 this season. The Lions are in third place in the rugged NFC North Division.
BetAnySports has the Oakland Raiders as two-point favorites in this game.
Lions at Raiders Overview
Oakland has been running the ball like crazy this season, and rookie Josh Jacobs has had a huge role in that. Jacobs has run for 620 rushing yards so far this season and is averaging 5.0 yards per carry.
Quarterback Derek Carr has been great this season as well, and the Raiders are encouraging him to get the ball out quick. The Raiders are averaging more than 21 points per game, but their defense has given up more than 27 points per game.
Oakland has definitely improved from a season ago, but it still has some work to do.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford is throwing for nearly 300 yards per game, and the Detroit Lions are throwing the ball a ton. Stafford has the Lions offense averaging 25.7 points per game, but they still need to run the ball better.
Detroit is giving up 26.6 points per game, but it has faced a lot of dynamic offenses this season. Stafford will do his job, but the Lions defense will need to be solid to pull off this win.
Lions at Raiders Free Game Prediction
The Oakland Raiders haven’t played a home game in over a month, and there is no doubt that they will get a boost from being back in Oakland. Oakland just hasn’t been playing well on the defensive side of the football, and that could be a major issue against the explosive Detroit Lions.
Stafford should light up the Raiders defense and lead his team to a road win in this game.
Get to BetAnySports and bet the Detroit Lions +2.0 against the Oakland Raiders in this Week 9 showdown.