Raiders backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor put on a show in the second half of tonight’s game, leading three touchdown drives to help Oakland beat the Lions, 31-20.
After the Lions took a 13-10 lead on the first drive of the second half, Pryor took over for the Raiders and dominated on the ground and with big plays through the air.
Pryor finished the game 3 for 5 with 137 yards and two touchdowns and ran five times for 90 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown. Backup running back Taiwan Jones added 50 yards on 10 carries as the Raiders ran for 198 yards.
The exhibition game could have some lingering effects for the Lions, who had four starters suffer injuries. Quarterback Matthew Stafford hurt his left hand on a play in the second quarter and did not return. Head coach Jim Schwartz told WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) he should be “OK.”
Also suffering injuries were cornerbacks Bill Bentley (shoulder) and Chris Houston (ankle) and running back Kevin Smith (ankle).
Most of the Lions offensive starters played in the first drive of the third quarter before making way for the backups. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew caught the Lions first touchdown of the game on the drive, a 7-yarder from Shaun Hill.
Mikel Leshoure had a lackluster debut for the Lions, rushing five times for one yard. He also caught one pass for six yards.
The Lions caught two interceptions from Raiders starter Carson Palmer, but couldn’t convert either to points. Kellen Moore’s interception in the final two minutes was the Lions only turnover.
Moore finished 10 of 19 for 87 yards and scored his first touchdown of the preseason on a 10-yard pass to tight end Alex Gottlieb with 3:36 left in the game.
Lance Long, one of several people fighting for the last wide receiver spot, had a nice game with 43 yards on four catches.
The Lions conclude the preseason next Thursday at Ford Field against the Buffalo Bills at 7 p.m.