Las Vegas Raiders vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Matchup Preview (10/25/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are traveling to Las Vegas to take on the Raiders in search of their fifth win to remain in first in the NFC South. The Raiders are coming off a bye week, but two weeks prior they had a major win against division rival Kansas City Chiefs. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Las Vegas Raiders vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, October 25th, 2020
Time: 4:05 PM ET
Location: Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas, Nevada
TV Coverage: FOX
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Las Vegas Raiders: COVID: Johnathan Abram, Denzelle Good, Kolton Miller, Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson, Trent Brown, Damon Arnette – Questionable: Carl Nassib (toe), Maliek Collins (shoulder), Bryan Edwards (ankle), Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring), Keisean Nixon (hip)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Questionable to play: Carlton Davis, (knee), Antoine Winfield Jr. (shoulder), Chris Godwin (hamstring), Antony Auclair (calf), Rob Gronkowski (shoulder), Scott Miller (hip), Lavonte David (knee), Jason-Pierre Paul (knee), Mike Evans (ankle), Andrew Adams (hamstring), IR: Vita Vea (ankle)
Las Vegas Raiders Analysis
The Las Vegas Raiders are 3-2 in the AFC West, trailing the Kansas City Chiefs who are 5-1. However, before their bye week last week, the Raiders defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 40-32 behind Carr’s three touchdowns and Josh Jacobs’ two rushing touchdowns. However, one concern for the Raiders next week is certainly their starting offensive line, who mostly all have COVID-19 and will not play next week. This could be detrimental for the Raiders to compete against an already favored Tampa Bay team.
Derek Carr has always been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league. He leads the NFL in completion percentage with a 73.1% completion percentage plus the second-best QBR in the league of 115.9. He has 1,442 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season and is having a successful season with John Gruden. Expect him to be a big factor in their game next week.
Running back Josh Jacobs has picked up his season after having a slow start after his three-touchdown game in week one. His five touchdowns on the season only come from two games. He averages over 25 attempts per game, but only 63 yards per game. He will have a tough time next week against the Tampa Bay defensive line that has stopped opposing run games well.
The Raiders’ defense has been a struggle with the second-worst DVOA percentage in the league with a 17.8% value. They have one of the worst rushing defenses since they allow 126 rushing yards per game along with a league-worst two rushing touchdowns per game. But, they hold quarterbacks to 62.5% completion percentage and only 1.4 passing touchdowns per game. Look for them to scheme around containing Brady next week.
The Las Vegas Raiders certainly made a statement two weeks ago while handing division rival Kansas City Chiefs their first loss of the season. Their offense has been excellent for them this season with 30.2 points per game. But, their defensive line has been seriously below average, allowing 5.2 yards per carry to running backs and a low 4.9% sack rate. They will need to focus on putting pressure on Brady and stopping running backs Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette next week to win this game.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Analysis
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a heavy expectation from the league with Tom Brady and have had some ups and downs on the season with a 4-2 record. However, they are leading the NFC South over the New Orleans Saints for the first place spot. They are going into this game heavily injured and will need to adapt to beat the solid Raiders’ team.
Tom Brady has shown his heavy competitive spirit this season in his attempt to make his teammates better than they have ever been. This Bucs offense has dealt with many injuries from their skill players but has still prevailed. Brady this season has 14 touchdowns and 1,541 passing yards. He has been a big part of the Buccaneers offense and will need to have a solid outing versus Las Vegas to carry this team to a win.
Bruce Arians has never seen a large amount of running back talent until this season with Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette. Ronald Jones has been getting 16 carries per game for an average of 77 yards per game and three total touchdowns on the season. In his last three games, he has had over 100 yards in each contest, and I expect him to have the same amount of yardage against the Raiders’ poor run defense. Also, with Leonard Fournette possibly coming back this week from an ankle injury, he could very well see a great game too.
The Buccaneers’ defense has certainly been outstanding for them this season with the best DVOA percentage in the league with -29.2%. Furthermore, they have allowed the least amount of rushing yards to opposing teams with an average of 64.3 rushing yards. They have also allowed a small 217 passing yards per game and the second least number of passing touchdowns. Their defensive line has come up big for them this season with 3.7 sacks per game.
The Buccaneers are trying to stay in the first place spot in the NFC South but will have a challenge next week. While the Raiders’ lack of defense, they have a strong offense with a lot of weapons. The Buccaneers offense will need to take advantage of the Raiders’ lack of offensive linemen, due to COVID-19, with their outstanding defensive line.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Depth Chart
Betting Corner Buccaneers -2.5
Spread: +/- 2.5
Moneyline: Raiders +123, Buccaneers -150
Spread: Bucaneers -2.5
Moneyline: Buccaneers -150
Over/Under: Under 53.5
The Buccaneers should get by well in this game because the Raiders’ offensive line is out due to COVID-19. If their defensive line can perform to expectation and put a stop to the Raiders’ offense, they will have an easy way out of this game. I expect the Buccaneers to cover their spread and win the game.
The over/under is set at 53.5 points and I am leaning more towards the under. I do not think the Raiders will be able to score much in this game without their offensive line. While the Buccaneers offense has been productive this season, I believe their defense will have full control over the Raiders.
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Love/Hate Fantasy Picks
Leonard Fournette has had a tough go at things while dealing with injury, but I can sense he will be a big part of this game for the Bucs to come out on top. He only has 123 yards and two touchdowns on the season, but if he is healthy, you should be able to count on him as a flex option.
Darren Waller has had a decent season thus far with four games over 10 points and three of those over 15 points. He struggled against the Patriots for 2.9 fantasy points but has made up for it since. The Raiders lack a deep receiving core, and the Bucs give up the second-most points to tight ends making Darren Waller a solid TE1 for week seven.
Josh Jacobs has been a great RB1 fantasy running back that his owners can rely on for an easy start. However, the Tampa Bay defensive line is the best in the league and without his starting offensive line, I’m not sure how high his ceiling can be for week seven. Watch for his performance to decline next week, but will most likely be a must-start for his owners.