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Observation Deck: Oakland Raiders

OAKLAND -- Third-string quarterback Matt McGloin led the Oakland Raiders on a 13-play, 68-yard drive in 2:26, culminating with a 19-yard touchdown strike to Brice Butler with six seconds to play in their 27-26 win over the Detroit Lions. Sebastian Janikowski's extra point was the difference as Lions kicker Nate Freese missed a PAT on Detroit's first touchdown.

The Raiders seemed primed to pull off a late comeback victory earlier when McGloin hit tight end Scott Simonson down the middle from the 26-yard line. But Simonson was popped immediately at the 2-yard line by DeJon Gomes and fumbled the ball into the end zone, where it was picked up by Detroit's Brandon Hepburn. No matter, McGloin was able to drive down on his next possession.

Here are some other thoughts on Oakland's exhibition home opener.

  • Matt Schaub played four series and had the Raiders on the move in the opening possession. He looked much more comfortable a week after appearing sluggish at Minnesota. But after completing his first three passes and with the Raiders on the Lions' 33-yard line, Schaub's throw to James Jones went through his hands and into the waiting arms of Lions safety James Ihedigbo for a drive-killing interception. After that, Schaub completed 5 of 10 passes and finished wih 87 yards passing. In two preseason games -- seven series total -- he has led one touchdown drive.

  • Yet, the Raiders' rebuilt offensive line has made things tough for the new Oakland quarterback as Schaub was under duress on seemingly every pass and took some hard shots, especially on blitzes, even if he was not sacked.

  • Despite coach Dennis Allen saying this week that rookie Derek Carr getting time with the first-team offense was not in the plans, that's exactly what happened. Carr looked extremely comfortable with the first team. He led the Raiders on scoring drives on two of his first three possessions, hitting tight end Jake Murphy for a three-yard touchdown pass. Carr showed mobility behind the leaky line and, like Terrelle Pryor a year ago, was able to extend plays. Carr finished 9-of-16 passing for 109 yards and the touchdown. He left the game after being landed upon by Larry Webster and appearing to injure his ribs.

  • Khalil Mack, the Raiders' top draft pick, was an invisible man until late in the third quarter, when he got his first tackle of the game, a sack against Lions third-string quarterback Kellen Moore. Curiously, Mack was not on the field in the Raiders' nickel packages when they opened the game in it, or on the first play of their second series.

  • The Raiders' first-team defense gave up a 10-play, 70-yard touchdown drive to Minnesota last week and this time out, it only took Detroit two plays to go 36 yards for the touchdown. The Lions then went 58 yards in 11 plays for a second touchdown. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 9 of 10 passes for 88 yards and the two touchdown passes. Not a good look for the Raiders' starting defense against a starting offense.