Week 7’s Sunday Night Football game features two pirate themed teams both looking to pillage their way to the Playoffs as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Bucs demolished the Packers last weekend to announce that they’re ready to be one of the best teams in the NFC. The Raiders are coming off a Bye Week after beating the Chiefs two weeks ago. Which pirate team gets the plunder? Kickoff inside Allegiant Stadium is at 8:20PM ET.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||-2.5 (-115)||-153||Over 53.5 (-107)|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+2.5 (-110)||+133||Under 53.5 (-113)|
|Betting Data||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Las Vegas Raiders|
|2020 ATS Home||2-1||1-1|
|2020 ATS Away||1-2||2-1|
|2020 O/U Home||2-1||2-0|
|2020 O/U Away||1-2||3-0|
Tampa Bay and Las Vegas have played against each other 10 times with the Raiders holding the advantage at 7 to 3. They last played in 2016 and it was the Raiders that won in OT.
Tampa Bay opened as a 2 point favorite, but has seen that spread go up slightly to a range of 2.5 to 3 points with NFL betting sites. The Over/Under opened at 53.5 total points and remains unchanged.
If you are taking the Bucs to cover the spread then definitely shop around to find lines below a field goal.
Don’t look now, but Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are starting to find their groove on offense. That’s bad news for the rest of the NFC as this team is getting better each week.
Additionally, the return of WR Chris Godwin is a huge boost to this offense. Godwin is finally healthy for the first time since Week 1 and he opens up the field for the rest of his teammates.
Last weekend, the Bucs crushed the Packers 38 to 10 and handed Green Bay its first loss of the season. Furthermore, they did it in impressive fashion on both sides of the ball.
Defensively, Tampa Bay held the high powered Packers offense to under 300 total yards. They also picked off Aaron Rodgers twice, returning one for a touchdown, and handed the future HOF quarterback his worst loss in the last few seasons.
Offensively, Tampa did whatever they wanted. They rushed for 158 yards while Brady had an efficient outing with 2 TDs and zero turnovers. Tampa controlled the clock and really didn’t need to do much in the second half as they were up 28 to 10 at halftime.
This week, Tampa will have to rely on their top ranked rush defense to slow down the Raiders who average 121 rushing ypg. Tampa only allows 64.3 rushing ypg. If they can do this, then they will also eliminate the Raiders’ solid play action game.
Defensively, the Raiders allow 401 total ypg, 30.4 ppg, 274.2 passing ypg, and 126.8 rushing ypg. These numbers bode well for the Bucs who score 29.5 ppg and have a very balanced offensive attack.
The Raiders already had their small miracle this season in beating the Chiefs, I don’t see that happening again this week. Vegas is 0-2 SU after a Bye Week with Gruden at the helm. The Bucs are 4-1 SU in their last five games and 7-3 SU in their last 10 road games.
I’m taking the Bucs and Brady to win this game on the road despite being 1-2 in away games this year. I believe their offense will score 30 points this week while the Raiders struggle to cross the 21 point threshold.
Furthermore, I don’t see the Raiders stopping this Bucs passing attack. Additionally, Brady should have a strong game especially with play action as Tampa will find plenty of success on the ground as well.
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