Raiders vs Lions NFL Preview & Free Pick [10/30/2023]

Las Vegas (3-4) at Detroit (5-2)
When: Monday, October 30th, 2023
Where: Ford Field,
Detroit, MI

Time: 8:15 ET | TV: ESPN
Opening Odds: Detroit -7.5/44

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It should be a wild scene in Detroit on Monday night, as the Lions will host the Las Vegas Raiders to conclude Week 8 action. The Lions will host a Monday Night Football game for the first time since 2018 and will be a 7.5-point favorite with a total of 46. Detroit fans have been starving for series contender for decades now and this could be the year. The Lions are the lone NFC team to have never been to a Super Bowl and have the longest drought in the conference not to have won a division title (1993).

The Lions were humbled last week on the road 38-6 to the Baltimore Ravens after impressive road wins at Kansas City, Green Bay and Tampa Bay. Still, Detroit is a -400 favorite to win the NFC North and are the only team in the division over .500. The Raiders meanwhile, have struggled on offense and were embarrassed last week in Chicago. The Bears limited Las Vegas to just 235 yards of total offense and won 30-12 with a backup quarterback.

These teams have played quite a few times during the preseason, but not as much in the regular season. The last meeting came in Oakland during the 2019 season, with the Raiders winning 31-24 behind Derek Carr. Matt Stafford was under center for Detroit still and passed for 406 yards. The Lions are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home games, while the Raiders are on a 6-2 ATS run on Monday nights.

Las Vegas’ two-game winning streak was snapped Sunday and were without starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Veteran career backup Brian Hoyer got the start and threw for just 129 yards with two interceptions before being replaced by fourth-round rookie Aidan O’Connell. Garoppolo has been cleared to play Monday, but the offense struggled even with Jimmy G in there. Raiders quarterbacks have thrown four more interceptions (12) than touchdown passes (8).

Pro Bowl receiver Davante Adams complained last week about not being targeted enough entering Sunday and got 12 targets, catching seven for 57 yards but no scores. Reigning NFL rushing champion Josh Jacobs was held to 35 yards rushing and has yet to top 77 in a game this season. Maxx Crosby (6 1/2 sacks) leads a defense that ranks 10th overall in yards allowed (316.4).

Las Vegas Raiders Injury Report [Week 8]

Maxx CrosbyDEProb Mon - Knee - 10/28/23
Jimmy GaroppoloQBProb Mon - Back - 10/26/23
Daniel CarlsonKQues Mon - Groin - 10/27/23
Divine DeabloLBQues Mon - Ankle - 10/27/23
Marcus PetersCBQues Sun - Back - 10/27/23
Jakorian BennettCBQues Mon - Shoulder - 10/24/23
Nate HobbsCBQues Mon - Ankle - 10/24/23
Roderic TeamerSOut indefinitely - Hamstring - 10/18/23
Curtis BoltonLBQues Mon - Knee - 10/26/23
Brandon FacysonCBOut indefinitely - Shin - 9/8/23
Dalton WagnerOTI-R - Undisclosed - 8/29/23
Brittain BrownRBI-R - Undisclosed - 8/27/23
Adam ButlerDTI-R - Arm - 8/23/23
Austin WalterRBI-R - Undisclosed - 8/3/23

Detroit got a major wake-up call on Sunday and head coach Dan Campbell took the blame for not getting his team ready. The defense allowed Baltimore to score touchdowns on each of their first four drives, and the offense didn’t get a first down until it was already 28-0. The Ravens finished with 503 yards of total offense and averaged 9.1 yards per play.

Running back David Montgomery was out injured and rookie Jahmyr Gibbs carried the load with 126 yards from scrimmage and his first TD. Quarterback Jared Goff threw for 284 yards, but most of it came on short completions after the team fell way behind. He was also sacked a season-high five times.

Detroit Lions Injury Report [Week 8]

Jerry JacobsCBProb Mon - Knee - 10/26/23
Benito JonesDLQues Mon - Ankle - 10/26/23
Malcolm RodriguezLBQues Mon - Ankle - 10/26/23
Halapoulivaati VaitaiGQues Mon - Back - 10/26/23
Kerby JosephSQues Mon - Concussion - 10/24/23
Kalif RaymondWRQues Mon - Hamstring - 10/24/23
Jonah JacksonGQues Mon - Ankle - 10/24/23
Frank RagnowCDoub Mon - Toe - 10/28/23
David MontgomeryRBOut indefinitely - Ribs - 10/16/23
Zonovan KnightRBI-R - Shoulder - 10/14/23
Emmanuel MoseleyCBI-R - Knee - 10/14/23
Jason CabindaFBOut indefinitely - Knee - 10/11/23
Matt NelsonOTOut indefinitely - Ankle - 9/28/23
James HoustonLBMid Nov - Ankle - 9/19/23
Nate SudfeldQBI-R - Knee - 8/29/23
Shane ZylstraTEI-R - Knee - 8/11/23
C.J. Gardner-JohnsonDBI-R - Pectoral - 9/19/23
Hendon HookerQBOut indefinitely - Knee - 7/20/23

This line has come down with the news Garoppolo will play. It won’t matter. Even with Jimmy G under center, the Raiders offense has been terrible. The Lions are much better than they looked last week and I fully expect them to bounce back big. Also, it will be a great atmosphere at Ford Field on Monday that will help carry the Lions to an easy victory.

Week 8 Staff Selections

Pick: Lions -7.5