Bucs VS Raiders: TALE OF THE TAPE

Posted: November 2, 2012 in Raiders News

The Raiders season is once again on the line Sunday as the Buccaneers come to the O.CO. The Raiders chances of winning the AFC West do not look good since the Denver Manning A.K.A BRONCOS seem like a well oiled machine right now that can’t be stopped. The Raiders should not give up just yet though, the WEST race maybe un realistic to win but they could still get a Wild Card spot at a 10-6 record in the AFC. The Bucs are coming off a bye, this is the third straight team Raiders are facing coming off a bye, The NFL hates the Raiders so they thought maybe by putting bad teams who were coming off byes that would give a better chance of the Raiders to lose but that did not work out in the NFL’s favor as the Raiders won the last 2 straight games. Bucs though are not a bad team by any means, In fact they are the most under rated team int he NFL right now. Bucs are the most most hard hitting team and the fastest which could be deadly for the Silver and black. Just 2 weeks ago people were talking about the Vikings being the most under rated that was until Tampa Bay went into Minnesota and completely  destroyed the Vikings

NEWS AND NOTES:

Raiders won last two meetings between teams since losing Super Bowl following 2002 season. Only three players remain from that Super Bowl: Tampa Bay S Ronde Barber and Oakland K Sebastian Janikowski and P Shane Lechler. … Oakland facing third straight opponent with extra rest. Raiders beat Jacksonville and Kansas City off byes. Tampa Bay coming off Thursday game. … Tampa Bay seeking franchise-record fourth straight game with at least 28 points. … Bucs QB Josh Freeman nine TD passes and one INT last three games. … Tampa Bay WR Vincent Jackson has TD catch in four of last five games vs. Raiders. … Bucs allowing 3.5 ypc, third best in NFL. … Oakland QB Carson Palmer thrown for at least 200 yards in franchise-record 13 straight games. … Raiders scored in last 2 minutes of first half in all seven games. They have 33 points in final 2 minutes and 35 in first 28. … Raiders WR Denarius Moore has TD catch in three straight games. Last Oakland player with four straight Tim Brown in 2001. … Raiders scored TDs on 34.8 percent of trips to red zone, second worst in NFL. … Oakland RB Darren McFadden coming off season-high 114 yards rushing vs. Chiefs

TEAMS BY THE NUMBERS:

AP PRO32 RANKING — Buccaneers No. 19; Raiders No. 25

LAST MEETING — Raiders beat Bucs 31-24, Dec. 28, 2008

LAST WEEK — Bucs beat Vikings 36-17; Raiders beat Chiefs 26-16

BUCCANEERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (15), PASS (14)

BUCCANEERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (27), RUSH (6), PASS (31)

RAIDERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (18), RUSH (30), PASS (10)

RAIDERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (11), PASS (20)

PREDICTION:

Raiders got to play 2 of the worst teams in the NFL back to back weeks. That luck will sadly end for Raider Nation.  If the Raiders blew out the Jags and Chiefs I would  have more confidence but they got by the Jags by luck and they got by KC because the Chiefs made dumb mistakes. Bucs are a average NFL team Raiders are below average and it will show Sunday.

Raiders   13

Bucs         34

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