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Monday Night Observations
I only watched the five-minute highlights, but it was enough. The Lions were in an ideal spot, coming off the easy-to-flush blowout loss to the Ravens, while the Raiders are a doormat of doormats, playing on the road. The final score was 26-14, but one of the Raiders’ TDs came on a 75-yard pick-six, which is essentially a 10-point play. When you cover easily despite giving up a long pick-six, you dominated.
The win ran my “Normal” picks to 4-0-1 for the week, and I’m kicking myself for not doubling up on the “Ugly” entry as it was the most obvious play of the week.
The Lions ran for 222 yards to the Radiers’ 80. With David Montgomery out, Jahmyr Gibbs had the role we drafted Bijan Robinson for, but Craig Reynolds also had a big game, so chalk it up in some measure to the opponent.
The Lions passing game didn’t need to do much, but Amon-Ra St. Brown always gets his when he’s healthy. And by “his” I mean catches and yards more than TDs. If Jameson Williams ever amounts to anything, this Lions offense would be loaded.
The Raiders are the 32nd best team in the NFL right now. Jimmy Garoppolo is trough Matt Ryan at this point. The Raiders should trade Davante Adams today. Might as well move Josh Jacobs too — there’s no point in keeping valuable, but depreciating assets around.