Lions vs. Raiders: Detroit's Biggest Winners and Losers from Preseason Week 3

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Lions vs. Raiders: Detroit's Biggest Winners and Losers from Preseason Week 3
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The Detroit Lions lost their second game of the preseason against the Oakland Raiders on Saturday night, 31-20. It was only preseason, but for the Raiders it might have meant a little more than usual.

The Lions stole a game away from Oakland in Week 15 last season. It was a dramatic come-from-behind win for Detroit, and the Raiders didn't forget. This victory was at least a little redemption. 

Detroit was behind for the entire first half as its offense looked sluggish and failed to capitalize on great field position, courtesy of two turnovers by its defense.

Oakland moved the football, but it ultimately couldn't put the game out of reach. Detroit scored on a Brandon Pettigrew touchdown shortly after halftime, and the Lions looked poised to pull away

It never happened. Oakland's Terrelle Pryor entered the game and ran roughshod over Detroit's defense. 

The story of the night was the rash of injuries suffered by Detroit. A number of key players—Matthew Stafford, Kevin Smith, Bill Bentley and Chris Houston—were forced to the sidelines.

How serious their injuries are remains to be seen, but given the team's preexisting health issues, it's concerning either way.

It wasn't the Lions' best performance for sure, but it's only preseason. There were some bright spots along the way.

Here are the winners and losers from the Lions' third preseason contest.

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