- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 4.5-point road favorites over the Las Vegas Raiders in Sunday’s game.
- John Perrotto Betting Record: 3-4 (-1.2 units lost).
- A look at the odds, lines and spread, as well as a preview of the game with our best bet below
After some question about whether the game would take place because of coronavirus issues, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Raiders at 4:05 p.m. Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
The Buccaneers are 4.5-point favorites.
Buccaneers vs Raiders Odds
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||-220||-4.5 (-110)||Over 52.5 (-110)|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+184||+4.5 (-110)||Under 52.5 (-110)|
Odds taken Oct. 24 at FanDuel
The game was originally scheduled to be played Sunday night. However, when Raiders offensive right tackle Trent Brown tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week, the NFL decided to make a switch so NBC would be assured of having a game to televise.
Thus, the game between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals in Phoenix will now be in primetime.
From TNF First Look: The #Raiders–#Bucs game was moved… up? Let me explain ?????? pic.twitter.com/xQkVy8cs7B
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 22, 2020
The Buccaneers are 4-2 overall and against the spread. The Raiders are 3-2 and 3-2.
Tough Task for Raiders’ O-Line
Because of Brown’s positive test and subsequent contact tracing, the rest of the Raiders’ starting interior line was held out of practice this week. That group includes Kolton Miller, Denzelle Good, Rodney Hudson and Gabe Jackson.
Brown will not play against the Buccaneers but the other four will suit up after testing negative for three straight days.
Raiders’ HC Jon Gruden said his team sent home all five starting offensive linemen today because they were closest to Trent Brown, who will be placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
“I’m concerned about his health,” Gruden said. pic.twitter.com/H7pc9hjMxk
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 21, 2020
It will be interesting to see just how well the offensive line performs without any practice time. Compounding matters, the Buccaneers lead the NFL in total defense, allowing 282.0 yards a game.
The Buccaneers are coming off a particularly strong performance in Week 6 when they shut down Aaron Rodgers and the high-scoring Green Bay Packers in a 38-10 rout.
Tampa Bay is just the second team in the last 20 seasons – joining the 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers – to have at least 10 takeaways, 20 sacks and allow less than 70 yards rushing through the first six games.
Carr’s Measuring Stick
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has admittedly been playing with a chip on his shoulder all season. A lot of that stems from the Raiders’ pursuit of Tom Brady in free agent.
Brady signed with the Buccaneers and now Carr gets his chance to match up with the six-time Super Bowl champion.
Carr leads the NFL with a 73.1 completion percentage while throwing for 1,442 yards and 11 touchdowns with just one interception in 175 throws.
Best passer rating through week 6:
Russell Wilson – 129.8
Derek Carr – 115.9
Ryan Tannehill – 113.5
Patrick Mahomes – 110.1
Aaron Rodgers – 109.7
Ben Roethlisberger – 109.1
Josh Allen – 108.0
Deshaun Watson – 107.6
Justin Herbert – 107.1
Drew Brees – 102.7
— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) October 21, 2020
He has had a passer rating of at 100 in every game this season and can join four other quarterbacks in NFL history to start a season with six games in a row – Rodgers, Brady, Russell Wilson and Carson Palmer.
For sake of comparison, Brady has completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,541 yards and 14 TDs while being picked four times.
Jones is The Man
Tampa Bay signed veterans Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy to beef up the rushing game, but incumbent running back Ronald Jones has not needed help.
Jones has rushed for 472 yards – third in the league — and three touchdowns in five games while averaging 4.9 yards a carry. He also has three straight 100-yard games.
Ronald Jones vs. Packers
? 113 rushing yards
? 2 TDs
? 26.1 PPR fantasy points pic.twitter.com/WzTJp5PQ2i
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) October 18, 2020
Fournette has 123 yards on 24 carries. McCoy has just six attempts for minus-1 yard.
The Gruden Bowl
Raiders coach Jon Gruden is associated closely with both teams.
Gruden’s first four seasons as an NFL head coach were with the Raiders from 1998-2001. He then had a seven-year stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002-08.
Following a long run on ESPN’s Monday Night Football announcing team, Gruden is his third yard in his second go-round with the Raiders.
This is Gruden’s first time facing the Buccaneers since originally leaving coaching. He is attempting to become the seventh coach to beat a team that he led to a Super Bowl title.
When #Raiders face Tampa Bay, Jon Gruden will become the 10th coach to face a team in the regular season that he won a Super Bowl with previously. The others and their records: pic.twitter.com/46qZoru0HC
— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) October 19, 2020
However, it is tough to see Gruden coming out on the top.
It has been a week of disarray for the Raiders. Conversely, the Buccaneers are coming off a complete performance against the then-unbeaten Packers in which they had no turnovers, sacks allowed or penalties.
The pick: Buccaneers -4.5 (-110)