Buccaneers-Raiders: Oakland Looks for Revenge in Tampa

Farris GunningCorrespondent IDecember 26, 2008

After years of suffering, including an 0-26 start as a franchise in the mid-70s, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII with a dominating defensive performance against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

The Buccaneers' defense held the Raiders to just 19 yards on the ground, and they picked off quarterback Rich Gannon five times, including three that were returned for scores, as they knocked off Oakland, 48-21, for their first Super Bowl championship. (About.com)

This has been ringing in the Raiders' locker room ever since!  The Raiders lost a great coach in Jon Gruden, but that's what Al Davis does.  Now with Tom Cable at the helm the Oakland Raiders are heading across the map to Tampa Bay for what looks to be a smash mouth game. 

The Raiders want revenge!  Can Cable get his team to work together like they did against Houston?  We will all have the answer to this question on Sunday. 

Gruden knew what to do against the team he built, but will he know what to do against a desperate team?

The Raiders are going to come into this game with nothing to lose and everything to gain. With a win by Oakland, not only do they get something to look forward to next year by winning a couple of good games this year, but they get revenge—revenge against the man who built the last good team in Oakland.

J-Russ has his work cut out for him because Tampa Bay will not be easy.  Gruden will want to destroy the team owned by the man he despises...Al Davis!  McFadden must come in and use all of his talents and hope that the O-Line can hold up.

If everything goes well for the Raiders, they win...28-17.  If the Raiders come out and play like they have 70 percent of the time this year, they lose...31-7.  Let's just see what happens on Sunday.

Go Raiders!