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Monday Night Football review: Detroit Lions beat Las Vegas Raiders

Rookie Jahmyr Gibbs was the star of the show as he ran for a season-high 152 yards and a touchdown to help the Detroit Lions overcome the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Lions strengthened their grip on the NFC North as they moved to 6-2 for the season and they head into their bye week riding high.

The Raiders' problems continued on offense, though, and they are now 3-5 ahead of a home game against fellow strugglers, the New York Giants.

Gibbs makes his mark

The Lions showed their faith in Gibbs earlier this year when they selected him with the No.12 pick in the first round.

He has endured a slow start to life in the NFL, and his progression has not been helped by the excellent play of David Montgomery. With Montgomery currently sidelined through injury, Gibbs has had the chance to impress, and he took full advantage on Monday.

He ran for 152 yards through 26 carries, and the future looks bright for the youngster, who admitted the support from his coaches has helped him settle down.

The rookie scored Detroit's only touchdown in the 38-6 defeat to the Ravens last week, and he led the charge again in Week 8.

Lions coach Dan Campbell did not place all of the workload on Gibbs, though, with Jared Goff enjoying another decent night at the office.

The home team started slowly, settling for field goals on three early drives. However, Goff picked out rookie Sam LaPorta in the end zone to hand them a 16-7 lead going into halftime.

While he threw an interception that Marcus Peters returned for 75 yards for a touchdown, Goff kept things simple otherwise and finished the day with 272 yards, completing 26 of his 37 passes.

After another hard-fought victory for the Lions, they can now enjoy a break and prepare for the second-half of the season, and Campbell is happy with his team's current situation, especially with Gibbs now ready to chip in.

He told reporters: "We felt like there was some things that we could do, and we wanted to get Gibbs going. We wanted to be able to establish the run, and you could tell he was feeling it. Every week, he's gotten a little bit better, a little bit better, and I thought last week was his best game, and this week certainly surpassed that.

"I think the more he gains his own confidence in his own abilities, in this league, he's just going to continue to grow, and I think this was kind of the tip of the iceberg, if you will, for what he is able to do and going to be able to do."

The Lions are now +1400 to win the NFL Championship this season, while they are +650 to win the NFC Championship.

Click here for 2023 NFL Championship odds.

Raiders continue to struggle on offense

Las Vegas now faces an uphill challenge to secure a playoff spot after falling to 3-5 for the season.

Josh McDaniels' team had picked up some momentum after back-to-back wins against the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers, but they were brought back down to earth on Monday night.

Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo returned from a two-week injury layoff, but he did not have a good night at the office. He completed 10 of his 21 passes for 126 yards, while he was also sacked six times. 

The Raiders coaching staff are sticking by their man, meaning Brian Hoyer and Aidan O'Connell will watch on from the sidelines. But Garoppolo's injury record means we may see more of them this season.

Former Patriot Garoppolo tried to take responsibility for the loss, saying he must do better in the coming weeks.

He said: "You have good days and bad days. Today was a bad day; there's no sugarcoating it. It is what it is. So, I've just got to play better. Myself, I have to play better. A bunch of little things that will solve a lot of problems.

"It starts with me. We've got to be better, and we will be."

Las Vegas are now +2800 to win the AFC West, while they are +1225 to reach the playoffs.

Raiders receivers left out in the cold

Garoppolo's struggles were never going to help the Raiders' receiving corps, but they may as well have been off the field on Monday in the first half.

All-Pro Davante Adams, former Pro Bowler Hunter Renfrow and young star Jakobi Meyers did not have a first-half touch in Detroit, and the Raiders need to solve that issue quickly. Adams only finished the night with one catch on seven targets, and his future will be up in the air.

Renfrow has barely had the chance to impress all season, and the Raiders may receive some offers for their wideouts before the trade deadline. 

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