Gameday Tampa Bay

October 25th, 2020

Game 7

Bucs (4-2) at Raiders (3-2)

Kickoff: 4:05 p.m.

TV: WTVT-TV Channel 13, NFL Sunday Ticket Channel 712.

Streaming: Fans may stream the broadcast from or on a mobile device using one of the following: Buccaneers Official app, NFL app, Yahoo! Sports app or FOX Sports GO app. Geographic restrictions apply.

Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network WXTB-FM 97.9 in the Tampa-St. Petersburg region; 97.9 FM ESPN Radio in Tallahassee (Transmisiones de radio en español en WTMP-FM 96.1 y WMGG-AM 1470 en Tampa); SiriusXM Channel 99.

Weather: The game will be held in swanky, fanless Allegiant Stadium dome otherwise known as The Roomba. (Tell Joe the Al Davis Flame there doesn’t look like the logo for Al Jazeera?) For those who will be bouncing around the famous Vegas Strip, it’s going to be very windy with winds expected to be around 30 MPH with a perfect temperature in the high 70s.

Odds: Per BetMGM, as of noon Saturday, Bucs -4.5; 52-under.

Outlook: Which will impact Chucky more? That all his starting offensive line missed a full week of practice because of The Sickness scare, or that four of those five have been activated Saturday to play today, or that Chucky and the Raiders had a bye week last week? You know Chucky has been building up this game with his team like they are fighting for their lives. Not only does Chucky hold a massive, bitter grudge against Team Glazer for firing him in January 2009 — the Bucs are finally starting to recover from that move. But No. 2 (No. 1?) on Chucky’s list of grudges is the Tuck Rule Game, where Tom Brady took advantage of a garbage rule that has since been outlawed and led a comeback to beat Chucky and the Raiders in the playoffs. It turned out to be Chucky’s last game as a Raiders coach for Al Davis. If Chucky could lose the rest of his games this year but his last win would be against Brady and the Bucs, he would be a very happy man. So Joe absolutely believes this game may be the toughest game of the season. Joe suspects it is going to be a physical, punishing game, much like what the Bears gave the Bucs over two weeks ago. If the Bucs play up to their talent they should win. Good thing the players are locked into the team hotels this year on road trips. The Bucs won’t have to fight through the phenomenon of what is known as the Vegas Flu.

Trinkets: Bucs QB Tom Brady passed for 2 touchdowns against 0 interceptions last week. Passed for 340 yards and 3 touchdowns against 0 interceptions in his last game against the Raiders (Nov. 2017 with New England). He has 8 touchdowns against 0 interceptions in 5 career starts against the Raiders. … RB Ronald Jones rushed for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 6, his first-career game with 2 touchdowns. He is 1 of 3 running backs (James Conner and Derrick Henry) with 3 games of 100 or more rushing yards this season. RoJo looks for his fourth in a row with 100+ rushing yards. … WR Mike Evans had 50 receiving yards in the last meeting against the Raiders. He looks for his fourth in a row on the road with a receiving touchdown. Since 2013, Evans ranks third in the NFL with 54 touchdown catches. … WR Chris Godwin had 5 catches in Week 6. He looks for his fourth in a row on the road with 5-or more receptions and 60-or more receiving yards. … TE Rob Gronkowski had 5 receptions for a team-high 78 yards last week and his first receiving touchdown with the Bucs last week. He has 80 career touchdown catches, third-most by a tight end in NFL history. … LB Lavonte David had 8 tackles and 1.5 sacks last week. He has 3 tackles for loss in 2 career games against the Raiders. … LB Devin White had a team-high 10 tackles and a sack in Week 6, his fifth-career game with 10-or more tackles. … OLB Jason Pierre-Paul had 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble last week. JPP looks for his third in a row overall and fourth in a row on the road with sack. … DT Ndamukong Suh had a sack in Week 6. … CB Carlton Davis had 4 passes defensed last week. Davis is tied for the NFL-lead with 10 passes defensed in 2020 and looks for his fourth in a row with 2+ passes defended. … CB Jamel Dean had a 32-yard pick-six in Week 6, his first-career touchdown. Since 2019, Davis (29) and Dean (23) rank first and second in the NFL in passes defensed. … QB Derek Carr completed 22 of 31 passes (71 percent) for a season-high 347 yards and 3 touchdowns against an interception in Week 5. Carr looks for his fifth in a row with 2+ touchdown passes. Carr set career highs in completions (40) and passing yards (513) and had 4 touchdowns against 0 interceptions in his last game against the Bucs, an overtime win at the Den of Depression that basically knocked the Bucs out of the playoffs. Carr has passed for 1,969 yards (328.2 per game) and 14 touchdowns against 1 interception in 6 career games against NFC South teams. Carr leads the NFL with a 73.1 completion percentage. … RB Josh Jacobs rushed for 77 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 5. He has 70+ rushing yards in 4 of 5 games this season. Jacobs has 641 scrimmage yards (128.2 per game) and 7 rushing touchdowns in his past 5 games against NFC teams. He has 100+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 7 home games. … RB Devontae Booker rushed for a season-high 62 yards in Week 5. … TE Darren Waller had 5 catches for 48 yards and a touchdown in Week 5. He looks for third in a row with 5-or more catches. Waller has 18 catches (9 per game) in 2 career games against NFC South teams. Waller ranks second among right ends with 34 catches. … Rookie WR Henry Ruggs had a team-high 118 receiving yards and his first-career touchdown catch in Week 5 against the Chiefs. … WR Nelson Agholor looks for third in a row with a receiving touchdown. The Tampa native had 8 catches for 88 yards and a touchdown in his last game against the Bucs (September 2018 with the Eagles). … DE Maxx Crosby looks for his fourth in a row with a sack. He has 6 sacks in his past 5 home games stretching back to when the Raiders played at Oakland. … LB Cory Littleton looks for his fourth in a row with 5-or more tackles. He had 8 tackles in his last game against the Bucs in September 2019 with the Rams). … S Jeff Heath had his first interception of the season in Week 5. He has 3 interceptions in 3 career games against the Bucs. … CB Nelson Lawson led the Raiders with 6 tackles and had his first sack of the season in Week 5.

The last word: Chucky admitted earlier this week rarely does a day go by he doesn’t think of losing the Tuck Rule Game to Tom Brady. Chucky added that “Tuck” is spelled wrong in his eyes.

15 Responses to “Gameday Tampa Bay”

  1. Buc1987 Says:

    Bucs 28 Raiders 24.

  2. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    Just saw a miracle win by the Rays in the World Series!

    Bottom of the 9th, men on 1st & 2nd, 2 outs, 2 strikes, sub .200 hitter at the plate, one run behind and there’s a single to right, fielder boots it, one run scores, then the Ray’s runner falls down between 3rd and home. Catcher freaks out thing he has to make a swipe tag and misses the perfect on time throw.


    Tampa Bay, Title Town!

  3. Ricky Ricardo Says:

    No, you got that wrong Ghost- the catcher fumbled the ball and threw it away from the plate. The runner stopped because he was gonna go back to 3rd, but then dove belly first to the plate.

  4. Ricky Ricardo Says:

    My prediction… Bucs 42: Raiders 10

  5. August 1976 Buc Says:

    The Bucs are better both sides of the ball. They will take advantage of thier covid causulties LT and S. 35-21 Bucs.

  6. Buczilla Says:

    Gruden is going to be gunning for us hard since three of his biggest failures have current ties to the Bucs. Glazers for firing him, losing to Brady because of the dumb tuck rule, and his inability to make things work with Brown. I am fired up for this game and I hope we put his d!ck in the dirt.

  7. ©MadMax Says:

    I’ll always have a lot of love for old Chucky….he helped us to our only SB and won it. And I love his passion. But heres the deal….we’re coming off an upset win against the Packers, we just signed AB, and this has trap for us written all over it, Im not gonna lie. But with Brady at the wheel, I think we pull it off…and only because of him. Its gonna be a close one where we need Succop to be on his game and dial it in.

  8. No Risk It No Biscuit Says:

    Rays WIN!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. EA Says:

    I think the game against KC may end up being the toughest of this regular season.

  10. Pete I Says:

    So glad this game was moved… First the Bucs and then game 5 of the world Series!!!! Best Sunday night…of course the last time this happened the Rays (Yankees) and Bucs (Bears) both lost… But that time the Rays went first so hopefully the Bucs going first will be the formula.

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    Get set for a dogfight in the trenches.

  12. Allbuccedup Says:

    A win today and a gimme next week 6-2.

  13. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    Hey Joe, I am confused. I thought they moved the game to 1p. And I see different times all over the internet, including NFL. Is it back at 4p or at 1p?

  14. orlbucfan Says:

    Here’s hoping Bucs kick Gruden’s egomaniacal arse! Go Tampa Bay!

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    Allbuccedup … When fans of the losingest franchise over the past 10 years start talking about ‘gimmes’, I get scared. That’s usually when karma becomes a bitch. Take NOTHING for granted.