NFL Week 8 Recap: Immediate fantasy football takeaways from Raiders-Lions Monday Night Football

2T4G3NG Detroit Lions running back Jahmyr Gibbs (26) rushes against the defense of Las Vegas Raiders safety Tre'von Moehrig (25) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 30, 2023, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

• The Detroit Lions rookies lead them to victory: First-round rookie Jahmyr Gibbs recorded his first 100-yard rushing game, and second-round pick Sam LaPorta continued his record-setting season. Both players scored in the win.

Amon-Ra St. Brown reaches 100 yards despite dealing with an illness: St. Brown was added to the injury report yesterday, but his playing time was not affected. He went over 100 yards for the fifth time in his last six games.

Jimmy Garoppolo and the passing game struggles: Over the first 50 minutes, Garoppolo completed only six of his 14 pass attempts. Davante Adams caught one pass for 11 yards over that period, while Jakobi Meyers was held without a target.

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WR:CB Matchup Chart

Las Vegas Raiders @ Detroit Lions

  • Jahmyr Gibbs: 26 carries, 152 yards, 1 touchdown; 5 receptions, 37 receiving yards
  • Sam LaPorta: 8 receptions, 57 yards, 1 touchdown

Jahmyr Gibbs dominates the snaps and opportunities for Detroit: Gibbs played as much as he did last week, a game David Montgomery also missed.

  • The Lions made it clear early on that getting the ball to Gibbs was the game plan. The rookie ran the ball or was targeted in the passing game on seven of the first nine plays.
  • When Gibbs dominated snaps in Week 7, it seemed like part of the reason was that Craig Reynolds wasn’t 100%, as Reynolds was dealing with hamstring and toe injuries that kept him limited in practice.
  • Reynolds wasn’t on the injury report this week, but Gibbs still dominated in the same way, setting career-highs in carries and rushing yards.
  • Gibbs was rotated out only when he needed a break rather than by the situation. His playing time also dipped in the fourth quarter when the Lions were running out the clock and didn’t want to overwork him, leading to several Reynolds runs.
  • Gibbs will remain a must-start player for as long as Montgomery remains out. The Lions have a bye week next week, so this might have been Gibbs’ last game as a starter.

Hunter Renfrow regains the third receiver spot: Renfrow played more than he had over the last month despite the trade rumors circling him.

  • Tre Tucker played half of the Raiders' offensive snaps ahead of Renfrow last week, but that dramatically changed tonight, with Renfrow taking nearly all of the snaps in 11 personnel.
  • Renfrow caught two passes for 19 yards.
  • Renfrow has been the subject of trade rumors all season, but this clear shift in strategy might be a sign that Renfrow will remain on the Raiders past the trade deadline and serve as the third receiver going forward.
  • He is unlikely to be fantasy-relevant this season, considering the other skill players in the Raiders offense.

Miscellaneous Notes

  • Jameson Williams and Kalif Raymond continued to split time as the Lions’ third receiver. Both caught two passes.
  • Sam LaPorta has 43 catches through eight games, 10 more than any other rookie tight end through eight weeks in the PFF era.
  • Raiders fullback Jakob Johnson suffered a concussion and didn’t return to the game.
  • Raiders rookie tight end Michael Mayer played 46 of the Raiders’ first 50 snaps last week before getting taken out of a blowout game. He rarely left the field in this game, setting a new career high in snap rate.


Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.


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