The Detroit Lions lost their preseason opener to the Oakland Raiders 16-10. It was a slow start for the Lions, leading to some early anxiety from fans, but once the team settled in, they started to show some promise under the Matt Patricia era. Here’s a recap of the night’s events.
First quarter
The Lions won the toss and deferred, so Matt Patricia’s defense would kick off the 2018 season. At first, things looked a little iffy. After completing two passes, the Raiders turned to the run game and Marshawn Lynch went for a 60-yard touchdown. Thankfully, a holding penalty was called, and the Raiders quickly punted.
Interestingly, Ameer Abdullah was the first punt returner in the game, and he brought it back for a modest seven yards.
Alas, there was no Matthew Stafford to lead out the Lions offense. Matt Cassel was the team’s starting quarterback.

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