NFL Week 8: A statistical review of Raiders-Lions Monday Night Football

2T4FXCT Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Monday, Oct. 30, 2023, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Detroit Lions didn’t have any problems on Monday night, beating the Las Vegas Raiders 26-14 to move to 6-2 for the season. Here is our initial statistical review of how the teams played.

Game Summary

According to our new noise-canceled score metric, the game could have been even more lopsided. The Lions left a lot of meat on the bone, as they converted only one of five red-zone trips, missed a chip-shot field goal and gifted seven points to the Raiders with a pick-six.

The Raiders, on the other hand, couldn’t get anything done on offense. They struggled, especially on third down, as the following chart shows.

Passing Summary

The Lions were able to pass the ball all night, but Jared Goff’s pick-six brought down their overall passing efficiency to a below-average figure. This didn’t matter, as the Raiders ended up having one of the worst passing nights imaginable, with Jimmy Garoppolo getting sacked on a fifth of his dropbacks.

Receiving Summary

Davante Adams was already having a slow start to the season, statistically. After catching one pass for 11 yards last night, he will probably be checking his cell phone all day until the trade deadline.

The Lions spread the wealth around, with Amon-Ra St. Brown and Sam LaPorta getting most of the volume. The only receiver who isn’t much involved in the well-oiled machine is last year’s first-round pick, Jameson Williams, who ran only 14 routes.

Rushing summary

We already talked about the red-zone struggles, but other than that, the Lions had an efficient day on the ground, setting up easy completions for Goff.

Finally, the Raiders got Josh Jacobs going a bit, even though that didn’t help them overall.


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