Week 7 Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Week 7 Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Las Vegas Raiders

by October 24, 2020 0 comments

This game was originally slated as a Sunday Night Football matchup. However, thanks to potential scheduling issues, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2) and the Las Vegas Raiders (3-2) will now play on Sunday afternoon. 

The Buccaneers are coming off a 38-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Tom Brady was solid, throwing two touchdowns and finishing with a 104.3 passer rating. Running back Ronald Jones eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the third consecutive week. After dealing with injuries among the wide receiving core, the Buccaneers are loaded with a healthy Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. They are also reportedly signing Antonio Brown this weekend, though he will not be eligible to play until after Week 8.

The defense was the focal point of the team last week, as they forced two Aaron Rodgers interceptions, including a pick six by Jamel Dean. They have been in the top two at stopping the run, but the pass rush is coming along as well. Jason Pierre-Paul leads the team in sacks with five.

The Raiders are coming off of a bye week, but they have momentum after beating the Kansas City Chiefs 40-32 in Week 5. Derek Carr was 22-for-31 with 347 yards and three touchdowns. The X-factor for them is rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs, who can take the top off of any defense.

The defense for the Raiders has been the weak spot, as they have given up 30.2 points per game this season. They are also ranked No. 27 in sacks with seven. One bright spot for Las Vegas is that they are tied for second-best in passing touchdowns surrendered, with just seven. 

Game Info

Date: October 25, 2020

Start Time: 4:05 PM est

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Stadium: Allegiant Stadium

TV Info: FOX 

Betting Odds Sponsored by Jazz Sportsbook 

Point Spread: TB -3.5 (-110) | LV +3.5 (-110)

Moneyline: TB -190 | LV +170

Over/Under: ) O 52 (-110) | U 52 (-110)

Tampa Bay will look to move the ball on the ground against a sluggish Las Vegas front seven, but they have a chance to break this game open early with the passing attack. The Raiders only chance is to get into a shootout.

Prediction:

The Buccaneers are the more talented team, and their offense is finally healthy. While the Raiders are flying high after their Week 5 win, that could set them up for a letdown. 

Final Score: Buccaneers 30, Raiders 21

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