Eric Woodyard and Paul Gutierrez5 minute reading
DETROIT — The Detroit Lions defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 26-14 Monday night at Ford Field.
Rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs had a stellar performance, rushing for 189 yards and a touchdown on 31 touches as Detroit overcame a loss to the Baltimore Ravens and improved to 6-2 on the season. Las Vegas fell to 3-5.
Raiders defensive back Marcus Peters cut the Lions’ lead to two points with a pick six early in the third quarter, but Gibbs responded with a 27-yard touchdown run three possessions later to put the game away for good.
Hosting their first Monday night game since 2018, the Lions bounced back from their first road loss of the season with a victory over the Raiders in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Ford Field.
Coming into the game, Lions receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown was listed as questionable due to an illness, but he managed to play and finished the night with his 11th career game with 100 receiving yards, surpassing Roy Williams for the most such matches by a Lion. during his first three seasons.
The night, however, belonged to Gibbs as the No. 12 overall pick in the 2023 draft announced his arrival on a prime-time stage.
Buy exceptional performance: Gibbs. Without veteran running back David Montgomery (ribs) for the second straight week, rookie RB Gibbs carried the load with 189 yards from scrimmage. He finished with 152 rushing yards and 37 receiving yards. The Lions ground game has struggled over the previous two weeks with a combined total of 124 rushing yards over that span. In the first quarter alone, Gibbs had 11 touches, the most in a first quarter since Christian McCaffrey in Week 15 of last season.
Disturbing trend: Integrating wide receiver Jameson Williams into the offense continues to be a work in progress. Williams dropped a pass in the first quarter and also lost 6 yards on a late-round play after being hit by Las Vegas defensive end Maxx Crosby. Williams, who now has three completions in three games, finished with two catches for 16 yards.
QB breakdown: Jared Goff completed passes to eight different targets, going 26 of 37 with 272 passing yards and a touchdown. He did, however, throw a pick-six in the third quarter. Goff continued to use tight end Sam LaPorta, throwing him an 18-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Over the past two seasons, Goff has thrown 16 touchdown passes to tight ends, which is the second-most in the league behind Patrick Mahomes (22) during that span.
Next game: at Chargers (4:05 p.m. ET, Sunday, November 12)
Las Vegas Raiders
The return of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo failed to ignite the Raiders’ offense as they lost their second straight game to fall to 3-5.
So anemic was Garoppolo’s offense, which had missed the previous 2½ games with a back injury, that Detroit beat Las Vegas 486-157. Indeed, it was the oft-derided defense that kept the Raiders in the game, at least until the Lions broke the game open in the fourth quarter. The Raiders have a short week before facing the New York Giants at home.
Describe the game in two words: An unhappy return home. Crosby, who donated $1 million to the athletic department at his Eastern Michigan alma mater, showed up in his return to the Motor City with plenty of pressure and a strip-and-fumble recovery, but it wasn’t enough to tip the scales in favor of the Raiders.
Promising trend: The defense made three takeaways. A fumble recovery by linebacker Robert Spillane, a pick-six by Peters and a fumble recovery by edge rusher Crosby kept the Raiders in the game, although Peters’ INT was the only turnover forced to give the Raiders points. Raiders.
QB breakdown: Sure, Garoppolo missed 2 1/2 games with a concussion and back injury, but the quarterback, whose biggest selling point upon signing with Las Vegas was his familiarity with the program and his winning pedigree, doesn’t look comfortable. Consider his first half stats: 3 of 8 passes for 31 yards without completions to a wide receiver and an interception in the end zone for a passer rating of 9.9.
Mind-blowing Next Gen stats: Peters is just the third player in NFL history with a pick-six for four different teams, joining Deion Sanders and Terrell Buckley. Peters had two pick-sixes with the Kansas City Chiefs, two with the Los Angeles Rams and two more with the Ravens before his 75-yarder with the Raiders in Detroit. In fact, he has six career INT returns of at least 50 yards, tying Darren Sharper for second in league history (Sanders has had seven).
Next game: vs. Giants (4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday)