Buccaneers vs. Raiders: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28:  Running back Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders rushes for a first down against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter on October 28, 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  Oakland defeated Kansas City 26-16.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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These two teams are proof that a bad start does not always mean the end of the season.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers started 1-3 but have won two of their last three and are only one game back in the loss column for a wild-card spot.

After two straight wins, the Oakland Raiders are also currently 3-4—only one game back from the Denver Broncos, who currently lead the division. 

Each team will try to continue its current run as the two sides battle on Sunday afternoon. 


Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.

When: November 4 at 4:05 p.m. ET


Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket

Listen: Raiders Radio Affiliates, Buccaneers Radio Affiliates 


Spread: Raiders (-1.5) via Vegas Insider

The Raiders have played very well over their last three games, including a three-point loss against the undefeated Atlanta Falcons. They are also playing at home, where they have a 2-1 record this season.

On the other hand, the Buccaneers had 10 days to prepare for this game after defeating the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night. 

This should be a close game, but the Raiders are likely to pull out the win.


Over/Under: 46.5 via Vegas Insider

Tampa Bay has exploded offensively in recent games, scoring at least 28 points in all three games since the Week 5 bye. Oakland has been consistently scoring as well, hitting the 20-point mark in the last three.

Neither defense has been exceptional this season, so it would not be surprising to see these teams go above this line.


Injury Report (via ESPN)


CB Eric Wright (Achilles) Questionable

G Carl Nicks (Toe) IR



RB Taiwan Jones (Knee) Probable

RB Mike Goodson (Turf Toe) Probable

CB Shawntae Spencer (Foot) Questionable 


Fantasy Big Plays

Buccaneers: Vincent Jackson

Doug Martin had a very good game against the Vikings last week, but Oakland has improved against the run since the beginning of the year. Last week, quarterback Matt Cassel led the Chiefs in rushing with 35 yards.

Vincent Jackson, although he has been inconsistent, has had some big games this year.

The Raiders are ranked only No. 20 in the league against the pass, and Jackson is the most likely person on the Bucs to benefit. 


Raiders: Denarius Moore

Only the Washington Redskins allow more passing yards per game than the Buccaneers this season. 

Moore should take advantage of this weak secondary with a big game. He has now scored in three straight games and four of his last five. He has also been targeted at least eight times in every game, showing that he is a big part of the offense.

It is unlikely he slows down now.


Buccaneers Key to Victory: Taking Advantage Through the Air

As previously mentioned, the Buccaneers are one of the worst teams in the NFL at defending the pass.

Carson Palmer has been consistently solid this season, but he is still throwing too many interceptions. He has at least one turnover in five of seven games this year.

Palmer needs to find Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey often throughout the game to help lead his team to victory.


Raiders Key to Victory: Stopping the Run

Doug Martin has been the key to the Buccaneers' offense so far this season. He has not always been great, but when he is, the team is usually successful.

The team is 0-3 when Martin fails to top 70 rushing yards, but it is 3-1 when he exceeds that mark.

Oakland has defended the run well since Reggie Bush torched the unit in Week 2, but this must continue to be successful against the Buccaneers.


Prediction: Raiders 28, Buccaneers 24

The Raiders have a big advantage playing at home, and it will show toward the end of the game when the crowd gets loud. Oakland has been playing well lately and should continue this trend with a win over the Buccaneers.



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