Free Picks: Las Vegas Raiders vs Tampa Bay Buccaneer

Buccaneers vs Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL, Allegiant Stadium

The Raiders look to make a statement by taking down the Tampa Buccaneers at home, while Tom Brady and the Bucs try to keep the momentum swinging in their favour. In what should be one of the highest-scoring games of Week 7, 888sport has the Over/Under at 52 (1.91) and Tampa Bay favoured by -4.0 (1.91) on the road.

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The Las Vegas Raiders are pretty damned good this season. The last time we saw them, they took out the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5 on their home turf. Derek Carr has been great, and the offense is firing on all cylinders. They currently rank sixth overall in points per game at 30.2 and haven’t scored less than 20 points in any game so far this season.

Their defense, however, hasn’t been the greatest as they’re allowing an average of 30.4 points per game scored against them, which has them ranked at 27th overall. They also rank in the bottom 10 in passing yards allowed per game at 270.70.

This is where these two teams part ways. The Buccaneers’ defense has been sensational this season. Their pass rush is among the best in the NFL. They rank second overall in average sacks per game at 3.7.

Last week, I predicted that the Green Bay Packers, coming off a bye, would beat the Buccaneers at home. They got completely humiliated and the Buccaneer’s suffocating front seven made Aaron Rodgers look like a joke as they sacked him 4 times and picked him off twice. If Tampa’s defensive front plays as it did in Week 6, then the Raiders could be in big trouble. Carr doesn’t make many mistakes, but this defense is good enough to ruffles any quarterback’s feathers.

Still, it might sound a little risky taking the Raiders against this defense, but I like them to at least cover the point spread, which 888sport has at +4.0 (1.91). I got clobbered for picking against Tampa Bay last week, but I can see the Raiders outright winning this game, so long as the offense continues to work as it has.



  • Tampa Bay is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games against Las Vegas
  • The OVER has cashed in 7 of Tampa Bay’s last 10 games on the road
  • Las Vegas is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games
  • The OVER has cashed in 6 of Las Vegas’ last 6 games against an NFC opponent

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