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Lions 16, Raiders 10 at halftime

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The Raiders defense held the Lions without a first down late in the first quarter and promptly embarked upon an 11-play, 60-yard drive that culminated with a Darren McFadden 1-yard touchdown run.
The drive was kept alive by a Lions penalty on a Sebastian Janikowski 55-yard field goal. Raiders coach Dennis Allen took the points off the board, accepted the penalty and gave struggling quarterback Matt Schaub more playing time.
Schaub and the Raiders offense made the most of the second chance. Schaub connected with running back Maurice Jones-Drew on a nifty screen late in the drive for a 22-yard gain deep into Lions territory.
McFadden followed the lead block of fullback Jamize Olawale for the Raiders touchdown, which cut the Lions lead to 13-7. The scoring plunge gave Raiders fans something to cheer about for one of the few times all night.
The most intriguing development in the first half came when Allen summoned rookie Derek Carr to run the first-team offense late in the second quarter.
Carr misfired on his first pass, with tight end Brian Leonhardt streaking free down the seam. However, he bounced right back and delivered a strike to wide reciever Jamaes Jones for 16 yards and a first down.
Four plays later, Carr lofted a pass for Jones on a fade route into the left corner of the end zone. Jones tipped the pass into the air, regained control and fell to the ground for what looked like a Raiders touchdown.
The officials ruled the play incomplete. Allen challenged the ruling, which the officials upheld after a review.
Either way, Carr looked at home with the first-team offense, and his play is certain to stoke the flames over whether Carr or Schaub is the better option as the starter.
What’s interesting is that Allen said last Saturday that he had on intention of using Carr with the first-team offense. So, what changed? Was it Schaub’s play tonight?
The Lions closed out the scoring with a 55-yard field goal. The alarming part of that is that the Lions moved the ball well enough with their second-team offense against the Raiders first-team defense to get in position to tack on three more points.

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Steve Corkran