Detroit Lions vs. Oakland Raiders: Lions Preseason Week 2 Preview

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Detroit Lions vs. Oakland Raiders: Lions Preseason Week 2 Preview
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The Detroit Lions carry their unblemished 1-0 preseason mark to Oakland to play the Raiders late Friday night.

Quick, can you name another year the Lions stormed their way through an undefeated preseason?

2008.

So the wins and losses of the preseason mean as much as all of those Beanie Babies your family invested in a couple decades ago.

Winning a preseason game is the equivalent of getting a free jersey for being one of the first 2,000 patrons at an NBA game. It's cool for two minutes before you realize that you'll never wear it because of the huge corporate logo smeared on the front and back.

That doesn't mean there isn't any reason to enjoy the preseason. Or even study it. Just understand that the two biggest wins a team can achieve are health and progress.

If the Lions can execute their plays properly, move the ball a bit and not get hurt, that's a victory.

Now that I've set you straight on the parameters of the 10 p.m. ET kickoff in Oakland, let's dig into the small bits where the wins and losses of the preseason reside.

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