Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/20/14

DETROIT - AUGUST 23: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions motions on the line across from Eric Wright #24 the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field on August 23, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
It's been a wild ride this season for both the Oakland Raiders and the Detroit Lions. Detroit started off 5-0 and has since lost five of their last eight. Oakland has been anything but consistent. Getting hot and cold and is currently on a two game losing streak. But this match up is a big one for both teams. The Lions are in the thick of an NFC Wildcard playoff race and the Raiders are trying to win the AFC West division. The playoffs are on the line and this one could be a must win. There are three things to watch during this match up that may determine the outcome of whose season continues into the postseason.Calvin Johnson vs. the Oakland secondary Johnson has been slowed as of late. In the last five games he hasn’t eclipsed the 100 yard mark and only has one touchdown. Teams have been double and even triple covering him and his production has slowed but that does not mean he isn’t making an impact. Receivers Titus Young and Nate Burleson have been more productive since the atte...
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