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OAKLAND-ALAMEDA COUNTY COLISEUM PRESEASON WEEK 1: FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2018

The following are post-game notes from the Detroit Lions’ 16-10 loss to the Oakland Raiders at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018.

POST-GAME NOTES

FINAL SCORE

TEAM                                      1          2          3          4     OT       FINAL

Detroit Lions                             0          7          0          3                10

Oakland Raiders                       3          10        0          3                16

GAME CAPTAINS

The following players served as game captains for the Lions:

  • QB Matthew Stafford
  • LB Jarrad Davis

LIONS SCORING PLAYS

  • Second Quarter: RB Ameer Abdullah capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive with a one-yard TD run. Abdullah accounted for 23 yards on the drive while QB Matt Cassel completed passes to four different players on the drive. K Matt Prater converted the point-after attempt.
  • Fourth Quarter: P Ryan Santoso capped an 18-play, 88-yard drive with a 24-yard field goal with 14:57 to play in the fourth quarter. The drive was the Lions’ second of 12-or-more plays on the day, the first time since the opening game of the 2016 preseason that the Lions had multiple 12-plus drives in a game. This marked the Lions longest drive (18 plays) since recording an 18-play drive vs. Cincinnati on Aug. 25, 2000.

CHALLENGES

Lions Head Coach Matt Patricia is 1-for-1 so far on challenges this preseason. The Lions successfully overturned a pass completion ruling with 8:41 left in the game, resulting in a Raiders punt instead of a first down conversion.

TEAM NOTES

The Lions…

  • Had an 18-play scoring drive in the fourth quarter, their longest drive in the preseason since Aug. 25, 2000 vs. Cincinnati.
  • Had two players record rushes of 10-or-more yards (RB Kerryon Johnson and RB LeGarrette Blount).
  • Had two drives of 12-or-more plays for the first time in the preseason since Aug. 12, 2016 at Pittsburgh.
  • Had 11 different players record a reception and 27 players record a tackle.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

QB MATT CASSEL

  • Started at quarterback and finished 5-of-10 passing for 46 yards in the first half. Cassel re-entered the game for the last drive and went 5-of-8 for 35 yards to bring his game total to 10-of-18 passing for 81 yards.
  • Directed the team’s touchdown drive in the second quarter by completing 4-of-5 passes for 35 yards to four different players. RB Ameer Abdullah capped the 12-play, 75-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown rush.

RB LeGARRETTE BLOUNT

  • Started the game at running back and totaled five carries for 21 yards.

S MILES KILLEBREW

  • Recorded the game’s first takeaway when he recovered a fumble at the Detroit 7-yard line at the 8:07 mark of the third quarter.

RB KERRYON JOHNSON

  • Led the team with 77 yards from scrimmage.
  • Is the only rookie and one of two NFL players this preseason to log 30-or-more rushing yards and 30-or-more receiving yards in a game.
  • Was the only player to record a rush and reception of 10-or-more yards in the game.
  • Notched three plays of 10-or-more yards (two rushes and one reception).

P RYAN SANTOSO

  • Connected on his first-career field goal attempt (24 yards) to cut the Raiders lead to 13-10 with 14:57 to play.

S ROLAN MILLIGAN

  • Logged a game-high 8 total tackles and was one of three players on the field to record five solo tackles.

WR BRANDON POWELL

  • Notched a game-high five receptions for a team-high 34 yards in his debut.

RB AMEER ABDULLAH

  • Produced 23 yards from scrimmage and the team’s only TD on the day on the third possession of the game.

LB TREVOR BATES

  • Logged a game-high four special teams tackles.

Lions Head Coach Matt Patricia on what he learned about the team tonight: “Well, we have a lot of work to do. Obviously, we have to go back and look at the film and really take a look at the individual technique and some of the things that we’ve been working on from the fundamentals standpoint. Operationally, it was a game where we had a lot of different things come up, which is good. We’ll be able to teach a lot off of that, which you’re trying to get as many reps live of that as you can. So, certainly the situational football will be something we have to go back and take a look at and improve on from that standpoint. I think the guys were in to the game, I think they were trying to do everything we asked them to do. From that standpoint, everybody was paying attention and trying to help on the sideline whether the guys were in or not in. So, that’s a positive. But just in general, we have to do better. We have to eliminate the penalties and just play a better, cleaner game.”

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