Are the Lions among the NFL’s elite? Detroit’s 26-14 Monday Night Football win over Las Vegas Raiders puts Jared Goff & Co. within a game of the league’s best record

  • The Lions are now just one game behind the Eagles’ 7-1 record after eight games
  • Detroit is a staggering 14-4 in its last 18 games, dating back to last season
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The Lions improved to 6-2 on Monday night as they beat the Raiders, with Jared Goff leading Detroit to a 26-14 home win.

The Lions jumped out to a 9-0 first-half lead after three field goals from Riley Patterson, and they never trailed as their defense shut down the Raiders and sacked Las Vegas quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo six times.

The Raiders’ only offensive touchdown was a Josh Jacobs three-yard run in the second quarter, before Marcus Peters returned an interception for a 75-yard touchdown in the third quarter before Detroit pulled away. 

Detroit quarterback Jared Goff passed for 272 yards and a touchdown, running back Jahmyr Gibbs added 152 yards on the ground (plus a score) and Amon-Ra St. Brown had six catches for 108 yards.

Jared Goff threw for 272 yards and a touchdown as the Lions took care of business at home

Detroit is now just one game behind the NFL’s best record in the Eagles (7-1), while they’re level with the Dolphins, Chiefs, Ravens and Jaguars as well.

Dating back to last season, they’ve won a staggering 14 of 18 games.

And after they snuck into the playoffs last season, the postseason looks to be on the cards again as they have a two-game lead in the NFC North. 

The Raiders, meanwhile, fell to 3-5 as star receiver Davante Adams was frustrated to the tune of just one catch for 11 yards.

They’ll face the Giants on Sunday, while the Lions head into a bye.