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Week 7 Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders

Previewing the match-up between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visiting the Las Vegas Raiders, focusing on key injuries and game notes.

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WEEK 7 GAME PREVIEWS:
NYG @ PHI | CAR @NO | BUF @ NYJ | CLE @ CIN | DAL @ WAS | GB @ HOU | DET @ ATL
PIT @ TEN | SEA @ ARZ | KC @ DEN | JAX @ LAC | SF @ NE | TB @ LV | CHI @ LAR

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Las Vegas Raiders
When: 10/25 @ 8:20pm ET
Watch: NBC
Point Spread: Buccaneers -4
Over/Under: 52
Moneyline: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -195 | Las Vegas Raiders +165

Buccaneers Team Key Injuries: Andrew Adams, DB, Hamstring (Q), Mike Evans, WR, Ankle (Q), Antoine Winfield Jr., SS, Shoulder (Q), Chris Godwin, WR, Hamstring (Q), Scott Miller, WR, Hip (Q), Rob Gronkowski, TE, Shoulder, William Gholston, DE, Biceps (Q), Jason Pierre-Paul, OLB, Knee (Q), Lavonte David, ILB, Knee (Q), Jack Cichy, LB, Hamstring (IR), Vita Vea, DT, Ankle (IR), O.J. Howard, TE, Achilles (IR), Justin Evans, SS, Foot (PUP), John Franklin, WR, ACL (IR), T.J. Logan, RB, Knee (IR), Both Antony Auclair, TE, Calf and John Molchon, OG, Undisclosed are expected to return from IR
Raiders Key Injuries: Trent Brown, OT, COVID-19 (IR), Johnathan Abram, SS, Illness (IR),  Damon Arnette, CB, Thumb (IR), Carl Nassib, DE, Toe (Q), Bryan Edwards, WR, Ankle (Q), Maliek Collins, DT, Shoulder (Q),  Lamarcus Joyner, FS, Hamstring (Q), Keisean Nixon, CB, Hip (Q), Daniel Ross, DT, Foot (IR), Tyrell Williams, WR, Shoulder (IR), Both Tanner Muse, LB, Toe and Richie Incognito, C, Achilles are expected to return from IR

NOTES: Quarterback Tom Brady passed for two touchdowns for 104.9 rating last week. Passed for 340 yards and three touchdowns for 132 rating in his last game vs. Raiders (11/19/17 w/ NE). Has eight touchdowns for 102.8 rating in five career starts vs. Raiders. Running back Ronald Jones rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6., his first-career game with two touchdowns. Is one of three running backs (James Conner and Derrick Henry) with three games of 100+ rush yards this season. Aims for his fourth in row with 100+ rush yards. Wide receiver Mike Evans had 50 receiving yards in last meeting. Aims for his fourth in row on road with receiving touchdown. Since 2013, ranks third in NFL with 54 touchdown catches. Wide receiver Chris Godwin had five catches in Week 6. Aims for his fourth in row on road with 5+ receptions and 60+ receiving yards. Tight end Rob Gronkowski had five receptions for team-high 78 yards and first receiving touchdown with TB last week. Has 80 career touchdown catches, third-most by a tight end in NFL history. Linebacker Lavonte David had eight tackles and 1.5 sacks last week. Has three tackles for loss in two career games vs. Raiders. Linebacker Devin White had team-high 10 tackles and sack in Week 6, his fifth-career game with 10+ tackles. Linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul had 1.5 sacks and forced fumble last week. Aims for his third in row overall and fourth in row on road with sack. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh had sack in Week 6. Cornerback Carlton Davis had four passes defended last week. Ties for NFL-lead with 10 passes defended in 2020 and aims for his fourth in row with 2+ passes defended. Cornerback Jamel Dean had 32-yard interception return in Week 6, his first-career touchdown. Since 2019, Davis (29) and Dean (23) rank first and second in NFL in passes defended.

Quarterback Derek Carr completed 22 of 31 passes (71%) for season- high 347 yards and three touchdowns with one interception for season-high 126.7 rating in Week 5. Aims for fifth in row with 2+ touchdown passes and 105+ rating. Set career highs in completions (40) and pass yards (513) and had four touchdowns for 117.4 rating in last meeting. Has passed for 1,969 yards (328.2 per game) and 14 touchdowns vs. one interception for 110.8 rating in six career games vs. NFC South. Leads NFL with 73.1 completion percentage. Running back Josh Jacobs rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns in Week 5. Has 70+ rush yards in four of five games this season. Has 641 scrimmage yards (128.2 per game) and seven rushing touchdowns in his past five vs. NFC. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in six of his past seven at home. Running back Devontae Booker rushed for season-high 62 yards in Week 5. Tight end Darren Waller had five catches for 48 yards and touchdown in Week 5. Aims for third in row with 5+ catches. Has 18 catches (nine per game) in two career games vs. NFC South. Ranks second among tight ends with 34 catches. Rookie Wide receiver Henry Ruggs had team-high 118 receiving yards and first career touchdown catch in Week 5. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor aims for third in row with receiving touchdown. Had eight catches for 88 yards and touchdown in his last game vs. TB (9/16/18 with Phi.). Defensive end Maxx Crosby aims for fourth in row with sack. Has six sacks in his past five at home. Linebacker Cory Littleton aims for fourth in row with 5+ tackles. Had eight tackles in his last game vs. TB (9/29/19 with LAR). Safety Jeff Heath had first interception of season in Week 5. Has three interceptions in three career games vs. TB. Cornerback Nevin Lawson led team with six tackles and had first sack of season in Week 5.

Holden is a young writer with an avid passion for sports. He is currently a sophomore at CUNY Queens College. Holden has worked on multiple publications including Hardwood and Hollywood, The Knight News, and the Long Island Herald. He would prefer if you don’t mention Super Bowl 52.

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