Oakland Raiders just happy to be home when facing Detroit Lions on Sunday
By JOSH DUBOW
AP Pro Football Writer
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Raiders have taken nine long flights, traveled about 20,000 miles and overhauled the bottom portion of their roster since last playing a game at the Oakland Coliseum.
Having survived the nearly seven-week odyssey by winning two of five games to remain in the thick of the AFC playoff race, the Raiders (3-4) are excited to return for a three-game homestand that will determine how long they will stay in contention.
It all starts Sunday against the Detroit Lions (3-3-1).
“It’s going to be rowdy, I know that,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “I think our fans miss us, and I think we miss them. We need a home game. We need to see each other, that’s for sure. We miss one another.”
The Raiders opened the season with back-to-back home games, then started off on their trip with games at Minnesota and Indianapolis, followed by a “home” game in London against Chicago, a bye week, and then trips to Green Bay and Houston.
It’s been so long between games that the Raiders have 10 players on their 53-man roster who have never even played a regular-season home game in Oakland.
Detroit’s Matthew Stafford has started 135 straight games, a streak that trails only the Chargers’ Philip Rivers (216) among active quarterbacks and he is nearly a season of games ahead of Seattle’s Russell Wilson on the list. Stafford moved past his friend, Matt Ryan, in Week 8 when Atlanta’s quarterback ended his 154-game starting streak in the regular season because of a sprained ankle.
“It doesn’t mean anything other than just I want to be available for those guys,” Stafford said. “I was actually texting Matt last week, trying to figure out if he was going to go or not.”
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Detroit has had players reach 100 yards receiving seven times this season. Kenny Golladay has passed the century mark three times, including in the win over the Giants with 123 yards receiving and two TDs. Danny Amendola has a pair of 100-yard games for the first time since 2015. Marvin Jones, who caught four TD passes in a game, and rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson each have reached the mark once.