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OAKLAND RAIDERS VS DETROIT LIONS WEEK 9 2019 RECAP

WEEK 9: SUNDAY, NOV. 3, 2019
The following is from the Detroit Lions’ 31-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019.

LIONS SCORING PLAYS
– First Quarter: QB Matthew Stafford threw a two-yard touchdown pass to WR Marvin Jones Jr. with 2:34 left in the quarter. K Matt Prater converted the extra point to tie the game at 7-7.
– Second Quarter: QB Matthew Stafford threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to WR Kenny Golladay to give Detroit a 14-10 lead with 11:21 left in the half. K Matt Prater made the point-after attempt.
– Third Quarter: K Matt Prater tied the game at 17-17 with a 23-yard field goal with 4:45 left in the quarter.
– Fourth Quarter: QB Matthew Stafford threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to RB J.D. McKissic to tie the game at 24-24 with 5:16 left in the game. K Matt Prater connected on the extra point.

TEAM NOTES
The Lions…
– Have scored points in 21 consecutive quarters.
– Scored at least 20 points for the sixth-straight game, their longest streak since the 2017 season.
– Produced their eighth individual 100-yard receiving performance through eight games played, their most through eight games in franchise history.
– Had two wide receivers (Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay) each record at least 125 receiving yards and one touchdown. They are the only teammates to do so this season, and the first set since Buccaneers WRs Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson did so at New Orleans on Sept. 9, 2018. They are the first set of Lions teammates to do so since WR Herman Moore and WR Brett Perriman did so on Nov. 23, 1995 vs. Minnesota. These are the only two times this has occurred in Lions history.
– Had two players (WRs Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay) produce 85 receiving yards and one touchdown in the first half. This marks the first time the Lions have had multiple players produce 85 receiving yards and a touchdown in the first half of a game since WR Calvin Johnson and RB Kevin Jones did so on Nov. 22, 2009 vs. Cleveland.
– Had five players record five tackles in the first half. This marks the first time since at least 1994 the Lions have had five different players log five tackles in the first half of a game.
– Had two linebackers (LBs Christian Jones and Jahlani Tavai) each log 10 tackles. The last time two Lions linebackers each logged 10 tackles in the same game was vs. Chicago on Oct. 18, 2015 (LBs Josh Bynes and Stephen Tulloch).
– Had two players log 100 receiving yards and one touchdown in the same game for the second time this season. Through the first eight games of the season, this marks the first time the Lions had multiple occasions of two players logging 100 yards and a touchdown in the same game. The last time the Lions did this over a complete season was in 1995.
– Logged the first sack against the Raiders since Week 4.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
DE TREY FLOWERS
– Finished with three tackles (two solo) 1.0 sack and two tackles for loss.
– Recorded at least 1.0 sack in his second-straight game.
– Now leads the Lions with 4.0 sacks on the season.

WR KENNY GOLLADAY
– Finished with four receptions for 132 yards (33.0 avg.) and one touchdown.
– Produced at least 120 receiving yards and a touchdown for the second-straight week. The most recent Lion to do so was WR Calvin Johnson from Nov. 27, 2014 to Dec. 7, 2014.
– Became the first Lions player to have at least four receptions, average at least 30.0 yards per reception and score a touchdown in a game since WR Marvin Jones Jr. did so at Green Bay on Sept. 25, 2016. Prior to Jones Jr.’s game, the Lions haven’t had a player do so since 1989.
– Became the first player to have at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown on his birthday since Falcons WR Roddy White did so on Nov. 2, 2009.
– Now has seven 100-yard receiving games, tying WR Gail Cogdill for the third-most 100-yard games a Lions receiver has had through their first three seasons.

LB CHRISTIAN JONES
– Finished with a game-high 11 tackles (five solo).

WR MARVIN JONES JR.
– Finished with eight receptions for 126 yards (15.8 avg.) and one touchdown.
– Became the eighth player in team history to record at least 450 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns in three-straight seasons. The most recent player to do so was WR Calvin Johnson, who had eight-straight seasons from 2008-15.
– Joined WRs Roy Williams, Golden Tate, Herman Moore and Calvin Johnson as the only players in franchise history to record at least 500 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns in four-straight seasons.
– Recorded his fifth game with at least 100 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown for Detroit, tying WRs Cloyce Box, Gail Cogdill and Leonard Thompson for the seventh-most in franchise history.
– Became the first Lions player to produce at least three receptions, 50 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown in the first quarter of a game since RB Theo Riddick did so against Minnesota on Oct. 12, 2014. The last wide receiver to do so was WR Calvin Johnson vs. the New York Giants on Sept. 8, 2014.
– Passed WR John Greene (2,965) for the 15th-most receiving yards in Lions history.
– Topped 3,000 yards in his Lions career.

RB J.D. McKISSIC
– Finished with four rushes for 32 yards (8.0 avg.) and had three receptions for 40 yards (13.3 avg.) and a touchdown.
– Set a career-high with 72 yards from scrimmage.
– Recorded a 26-yard touchdown reception.

K MATT PRATER
– Finished one-of-one on field goals and three-of-three on extra points to produce six points on the day.
– He has now converted at least 15 field goals in 12-straight seasons, joining Ks Adam Vinatieri and Mason Crosby as the only active kickers to do so.

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD
– Finished 26-of-41 (63.4 percent) for 406 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and a 110.4 passer rating.
– Passed QB Drew Brees (40,742) for the third-most passing yards a player has thrown in his first 11 seasons.
– Passed QB Sonny Jurgensen (255) for the 19th on the NFL’s all-time list for career passing touchdowns.
– Topped 100 passing yards in the first quarter of a game for the fourth-straight week, the longest streak of his career.
– Produced his third-straight game with at least 300 passing yards and two touchdowns. This matches the longest such streak in franchise history, which Stafford set from Dec. 18, 2011 through Jan. 1, 2012.
– Notched his second game this season with at least 200 passing yards and two touchdowns in the first half, the first time since 2014 he’s produced multiple games where he has achieved this mark.
– Notched his fourth game this season with at least 300 passing yards and two touchdowns, the most through eight games played in franchise history.
– Logged a passer rating of 110.0-or-higher for the third-straight game, the third-such streak of his career.
– Recorded the ninth 400-yard game of his career, tied for the seventh-most in NFL history. This is his first game with at least 400 passing yards and three touchdowns since doing so vs. Chicago on Oct. 18, 2015. He now has four games with at least 400 passing yards and three touchdowns, tied for the fourth-most through a player’s first 11 seasons. Of his nine-career 400-yard games, this required his fewest attempts (41) and tied for his fewest completions (26).
– Became the fifth player to throw for 400 yards and three touchdowns in a game this season.
– Averaged 9.9 yards per attempt this season, the 10th-highest single-game total of his career.
– Now has 2,448 passing yards through eight games, the second-most passing yards in franchise history through eight games. His 19 passing touchdowns tie as the second-most.

LB JAHLANI TAVAI
– Finished with 10 total tackles (five solo) and one pass defense.
– Became the fourth rookie linebacker in team history to finish a game with at least 10 tackles and one pass defense. He is the only rookie linebacker in the NFL this season to do so.

LIONS HEAD COACH MATT PATRICIA

“Obviously, not really a very good performance out there for us, you know. Made some plays, had some good drives, had some bad drives. Kind of that up and down game that we know we don’t really want. So I think the biggest things for us that stick out — penalties. You can’t have them, gave them too many opportunities, reset a lot of situations out there. We knew it was going to be a penalty game, and we have got to do a better job of being disciplined in those situations. I think after that, just didn’t really get a lot going there consistently throughout the entire game on offense or defense, so both of those situations we have to improve that. We have to coach it better. In general, it starts with me, I have got to coach it better. I have to get the team ready to go so that we can play consistently. I don’t think we played consistent here today. Give the Raiders credit, they made more plays than we did. They made them when they needed them, and we didn’t. So, that’s what happens in these games when you don’t really have a lot going on and can’t really be consistent and big plays are made one way or the other. For us, it’s got to start with the coaching. I think there was a lot of things fundamentally that we have got to get better at, continuing to improve and just being able to do it every single week. We showed some good flashes, we showed some good football and we showed a lot of bad football. That’s the stuff that’s just, right now, killing us, and it’s got to start with the coaching and it’s got to go down to the player. We just have to coach it better and play better so we can do that but until we do that then it’s not going to be very good.”

QB MATHEW STAFFORD

Q: Can you explain why you guys didn’t go down swinging with some of your best players out there such as Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr.?

Stafford: “You know we’re on the one-yard line. That’s the plays that we run in practice all the time from the one and the two. That’s one of them, and it didn’t work. You know we didn’t convert, we didn’t score, we didn’t win the game. So, you can look at it all you want from that perspective. Had we scored there, you know, I wouldn’t be fielding these questions. So, we just got to execute the play better and score.”

LB JAHLANI TAVAI

Q: Why has stopping the run been such a struggle for this team?

Tavai: “We just got to do our job. That’s it. Everybody has to do their part and that’s including tackling.”

CORNERBACK DARIUS SLAY

Q: What do you see as the biggest problem with the defense right now?

Slay: “The whole thing. There’s 11 of us out there so there’s 11 problems that need to be fixed. All of us in here know we have to stop the offense and we’re not doing that right now.”

WIDE RECEIVER KENNY GOLLADAY

Q: How does it feel when they take you and Marvin Jones off the field for that 4th and goal play at the end?

Golladay: “I have all the trust in our coaches and all of the faith in the world for those guys on the field for that last play. At that point I just cheer on those guys on the field and hope for the best.”

WIDE RECEIVER MARVIN JONES JR.
Q: When it comes down to the last play and you are not out there, what is up with that?

Jones Jr.: “That is what it is. We have a great plethora of plays that we can get to and that was the call. It doesn’t matter who is out there. We all expect to make the big plays.” 

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