Oakland Raiders See Valuable Progress Despite Slow Start vs. Detroit Lions

By Kevin Saito
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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

For a little while there, it looked like the Oakland Raiders hadn’t learned a thing from their preseason opening loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Their second matchup of the exhibition season saw them matched up against the Detroit Lions,  a team with a lot of offensive firepower, and the Raiders seemed to come out flat and uninspired again. Early on, Detroit looked unstoppable and was getting just about everything they wanted against the Raiders. It took just about an entire quarter, but Oakland seemed to collectively slap themselves and came alive.

The Raiders looked close to fulfilling the promise they’ve shown in camp to this point, overcoming a very sluggish first quarter and battling back for a thrilling come-from-behind 27-26 win. The Raiders took some huge steps forward, showing themselves and their fans some real, tangible progress as a unit.

Progress is sometimes measured incrementally and it often doesn’t happen as quickly as we would like it. But what you saw out on the field against the Lions on Friday night was real, tangible progress. The effort from both the defense and the offense, from the starters to the second and third-teamers alike was fantastic.

Matt Schaub was efficient and productive, as were backups Carr and Matt McGloin – with the latter leading the late, game-winning drive. The running game was solid and flashed some explosiveness, and the receivers did a great job of hanging on to the ball and making some plays.

But it all started with the defense. They got pushed around a bit early, but they held up when it mattered the most.

It may not have been the prettiest win, but the Raiders finally applied the solid camp sessions to the field, and the results were fantastic. Oakland got their first taste of victory, and with the growth and progress the team made Friday night, it won’t be the last.

 Kevin Saito is a fiction writer, sports junkie, history nerd, and NFL contributor to RantSports.com Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or on Google

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