OAKLAND -- Matt McGloin threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler with six seconds to play Friday night to give the Raiders a 27-26 preseason win over the Detroit Lions at O.co Coliseum.

Given that it occurred with lots of players who won't be on the 53-man rosters of either team, and that the first-team Raiders offense and defense were outplayed, there wasn't a lot to be gleaned other than it is better to win a game that doesn't count than to lose one.

McGloin, who came in with 5:35 to play after rookie Derek Carr left with a concussion, was 7 of 15 for 114 yards including the touchdown to Butler.

Carr provided a spark of his own, going 9 of 16 for 109 yards and a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jake Murphy. He left the game after being hit after a pass by defensive end Larry Webster. Carr also led drives that resulted in field goals of 26 and 36 yards by Sebastian Janikowski.

"After practicing against the Cowboys, we were limited game-plan wise," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "I thought we let them grab the momentum, and that was disappointing. But our guys kept fighting, and any time you get a win it's a positive thing for the team."

Starting quarterback Matt Schaub was 8 of 13 for 87 yards and authored a 60-yard 11-play drive that resulted in a 1-yard touchdown run by Darren McFadden for the first touchdown of the preseason by the starting offense.


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He also had what Allen termed a "bad luck" interception on the opening drive, a pass that glanced off the hands of James Jones and into the hands of James Ihedigbo. The resulting 36-yard interception return set up Detroit's opening touchdown -- a 28-yard strike from Matt Stafford to Golden Tate.

Stafford also had a 4-yard touchdown pass to Kris Durham, and the Lions scored on field goals of 55 yards by Nate Freese and 25 yards by Giorgio Tavecchio.

Although the Raiders had a slight statistical edge at halftime, outgaining the Lions 162-159 and having 12 first downs to seven for Detroit, there was no rejoicing among the fans.

Detroit led 16-10, and the Raiders were largely unimpressive.

On Schaub's second possession, he was pressured into consecutive incompletions on second-and-7 and third-and-7, with Marquette King's 36-yard punt setting up the Lions on their own 42.

Allen said the Lions had been "more aggressive" than they'd showed previously and the Raiders would work to shore up protection issues.

"Any time your quarterback gets hit, you don't like it, but we'll go back and make the corrections we need to make to get that shored up," Allen said.

When the Raiders finally got on the board, it came with a lot of help from Detroit.

A 55-yard field goal by Janikowski on fourth-and-2 from the 37 was erased because Detroit had 12 men on the field. On third-and-8 from the Detroit 30, the Raiders got a first down because of a defensive holding call on Rashean Mathis.

With the Lions flooding into the Raiders backfield, Schaub found Maurice Jones-Drew on a 22-yard screen pass to the 13-yard-line, and then Jones-Drew added eight more yards on an inside run.

Allen turned to Carr, who played with the first team and directed a nine-play, 50-yard drive that resulted in Janikowski's 26-yard field goal. Carr completed 2 of 4 passes for 16 yards -- all on a 16-yard pass to Jones to the Detroit 30.

"After we'd scored, we decided to get Matt out of there and give Derek a shot behind the first offensive line," Allen said. "There really wasn't much to that."

With much of Oakland's first-team defense still in the game, backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky had completions of 22 yards to Jeremy Ross and 34 yards to Ryan Broyles to help get in position for a 55-yard field goal by Freese.

  • Rookie first-round pick Khalil Mack, virtually invisible in the first half, had a third-quarter sack against the Lions reserves.

  • Butler was targeted five times and caught four passes for 74 yards, with a long of 29 yards. Greg Little had two catches for 49 yards, with a long of 38.

  • Tight end Scott Simonson, tackle Matt McCants and Carr all had concussions and will be subject to the NFL protocol. Safety Tyvon Branch did not finish with an ankle injury, and Jones-Drew departed with a finger injury.

  • Rookie seventh-round pick TJ Carrie looks to be the leader to be the punt return specialist with returns of 50 and 13 yards.

  • Players who did not suit up for the Raiders were safety Brandian Ross, cornerback Neiko Thrope, cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, defensive tackle Justin Ellis, tight end David Ausberry and tight end Nick Kasa. Cornerback DJ Hayden, safety Usama young and guard Lucas Nix remain on the physically unable to perform list.

  • Star wide receiver Calvin Johnson was one of three scratches for the Lions. Also sitting it out were wide receiver TJ Jones and defensive end Ezekeil Ansah.

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    Friday's game

    Raiders (1-1) at Green Bay (0-1), 5 p.m., CBS

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