Raiders Might Be Pretenders

October 30th, 2016


The Raiders lead the AFC West. They are 5-2, tied with the Broncos. They are 4-0 on the road.

Seems like a potential playoff team, right? Start tapping the brakes! That’s what data-driven Thomas Bassinger of the Tampa Bay Times believes. He ran the numbers, did some research, and he doesn’t believe Raiders fans should start clearing their January weekend schedules quite yet.

The most significant flaw is the defense, which is allowing a league-high 6.7 yards per play (the league average is 5.5). Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, two teams have reached the playoffs after leading the league in yards allowed per play (1996 Vikings and 2011 Packers).

Oakland has allowed 42 explosive plays (passes of 25 or more yards and runs of 10 or more yards) this season, fourth-most. The offense, even with Carr and receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, hasn’t been able to keep pace, as it has executed just 30 explosive plays.

This is why Joe doesn’t believe Dirk Koetter will run an up-tempo offense much, if at all, unless he has to. Joe believes Koetter is going to pound the ball at the soft Raiders run defense.

Hey, it has worked for the Bucs the past two games, right? Why fix something not broken?

21 Responses to “Raiders Might Be Pretenders”

  1. DallasBuc Says:

    Make it happen. Would love to see some smash mouth football from our Bucs today

  2. JM Says:

    They are pretenders. A win against them is nothing to overhype oneself about. If the Bucs can go into San Diego or KC and win, that would speak volumes. San Diego may be the best 3-4 team of all time lol.

  3. Blake_Bucsfan Says:

    We WILL pound the rock. We WILL explode in the Play-Action passing game. We WILL dominate time of possession. The Bucs WILL win this game!
    Go Bucs baby! Focus!

  4. LargoBuc Says:

    Please. Please Bucs take a win from them.

  5. rayjay1122 Says:

    Unless the Bucs beat themselves today, we should get a rare home victory. Then the goon squad will be in full force with all of the “it was just the Raiders, lets not get over excited” or “we have not beat anyone really good”. That is fine though as I would rather savor a win and skim past moronic comments then to suffer a defeat. Go Bucs!!!!

  6. Bucsfan4life Says:

    Let’s go Bucs!!!!! Anybody else going to be at the game?

  7. rayjay1122 Says:

    I am going and am excited to have been given two free tickets in the West side club level. No nose bleeds today!!! Go Bucs!!!

  8. Kobe Faker Says:

    A name will be repeated allday sunday here in tampa…


  9. The Buc Realist Says:

    Saints,Titans, Ravens, Chargers and Jags!!! That is there 5 wins!!!!!! Not exactly murders row!!!!! I do think the Bucs can hang and win this game!!!!
    And If I am Coach Smitty, I would put NS57 on Penn!!! I just tell him to run past that FAT guy!!!!! Carr would then stay in a 3 step drop and Then they can just shorten the coverage!!!!!

    Go America!!!!!!

    And GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Scurvy Dogs Says:


    Are you actually a buc fan or nah?

  11. tickrdr Says:

    Going with my daughter, East Side Club, Section 234 AA 3-4. Go Bucs!


  12. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    We can do it !🏈🏈🏈 Go Bucs

  13. Kobe Faker Says:

    When the ball is kicked and to the final whistle eog…i bleed pewter

    But i will ride their a$$ if they do something wrong until they bring the trophy to tampa

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    Scurvy Dogs Says:


    Are you actually a buc fan or nah?”

    That question’s been asked numerous times by various posters.

    I’d say it’s till up for debate.

  15. Buc1987 Says:

    Blake…I concur.

    I think they can win this game if they control the time of possession.

    This really IS a pick’em game though.

    If there is such a thing this is it. Sticking by my 27-26 Bucs win!

  16. Buccaneer scotty Says:


  17. Scurvy Dogs Says:

    Kobe…does that work? Sounds like the job of the coaches. I feel you though.

  18. Broy34 Says:

    Buccaneeer Scotty now that’s a comment kid

  19. unbelievable Says:

    To all you guys going to the game today, make some goddamn noise!

    Get the people around you to be loud! Yell, scream!

    Make Ray Jay rock while we crush the raiders!

  20. Defense Rules Says:

    ‘Raiders Might Be Pretenders!’ Titles like that scare me Joe. Bucs have 3 wins & Raiders have 5 wins … so they’re pretenders? In the immortal words of Dirk Koetter … ‘All anyone cares about is wins’. Bucs haven’t won at home in almost a year (Dec 6th when we beat the Falcons). I’m convinced that today’s the day they’ll fix that because we’ve got the better defense, but it’ll be a dogfight.

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Kobi, be honest. You assume they do wrong before they have a chance to.