Raider notebook

The Oakland Raiders continued to reach deeper levels of futility after losing to the Detroit Lions 23-13 at Ford Field.

Oakland, which dropped to 2-6, has lost four in a row for the first time since 1998.

The Raiders have lost six consecutive road games for the first time since the 1961-1962 seasons. The Raiders 2-6 record represents their worst mark after eight games since going 1-7-1 in 1964. Oakland has now lost 15 consecutive games when it has scored 21 points or less.

Falling more in line

The Raiders came a little close to having their entire starting offensive line back in tact.

Guards Mo Collins and Frank Middleton had missed the last couple of games with knee and quad injuries respectively. Collins started at right guard. Brad Madger started at left guard but Middleton saw ample playing time.

Untimely defensive penalties

Oakland's defense, which had been terrible all season, played a decent game in allowing just 229 yards of total offense. The Lions scored 23 points but Oakland's defense was only responsible for 10 of them because Detroit scored 13 points after starting a drive in Raider territory.

The Raider defense, however, committed two costly penalties on third down. Instead of Detroit having to settle for field goals it later scored touchdowns.

Quick hits


Raiders safety Rod Woodson intercepted the 70th pass of his career, becoming the third player in NFL history to achieve that feat.


Sebastian Janikowski's 55-yard field goal was the longest of his career and in franchise history.

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