Vegas Prepares For A Heavy Dose Of Tampa's RoJo
The Buccaneers (-200) are favored by 3.5 points over the Raiders (+170) with the over/under set at 52 total points
- Turnover-free play by Derek Carr has kept the Las Vegas Raiders in games. The Raiders (+118) aren't favored to make the playoffs at this point, per FanDuel Sportsbook.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rode Ronald Jones to victory last week. It was the running back's third-straight 100-yard rushing game. Jones (+1500) is a long shot to finish the season as the rushing leader, per DraftKings Sportsbook, but he's just 116 rushing yards behind the league leader, Derrick Henry.
- Tampa Bay (-200) is favored by 3.5 points over Las Vegas (+170) with the over/under set at 52 total points. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE GAME ODDS!
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Vegas Offense Adds New Element
The Las Vegas Raiders may quietly be building a contender this season. They’re 3-2 and are 1.5-games behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the competitive AFC West. That being said, they may hold the two most impressive wins all season: a road win against the division-leading Chiefs, and a Monday Night Football win over the New Orleans Saints. While they may not contend for the division title this season, this team has clearly proven that they can play with the best of the best. The Raiders (+118) aren't favored to make the playoffs at this point, per FanDuel Sportsbook.
Quarterback Derek Carr may be having his finest season to date. He’s completing 73.1 percent of his passes for 1,442 yards and 11 touchdowns to only one interception. He’s taking care of the ball, making plays downfield, and showing he can be the leader this team needs. Carr's did most of this without a bonafide threat down the field. With Henry Ruggs III back in action, things may open up for the offense. Among Carr's receivers, Hunter Renfrow leads the group with 241 yards, but tight end Darren Waller leads the team with 295 yards. He’s making the most of an unimpressive group of skill players.
Running back Josh Jacobs has continued to impress after a phenomenal rookie season. The former Alabama back has rushed for 377 yards and five touchdowns, adding over 100 yards receiving in the process. He looks to be among the best running backs of the near future. Against the Chiefs in their 40-32 victory, Jacobs rushed for only 77 yards, but had the final two touchdowns of the game, effectively icing it down the stretch.
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Tampa Leans On The Run Game
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the most impressive performance of Week 6. Coming into the game at 3-2 with the undefeated Green Bay Packers coming into town, they could have easily fallen back to .500 with a multitude of questions coming from the press. Instead, they made a statement. Tampa (-110) is favored to win the NFC South, per DraftKings Sportsbook; however, the Bucs (+100) are even with the Saints on FanDuel Sportsbook.
After falling behind 10-0 to the Packers, the Buccaneers scored 38-straight points to finish a dominating 38-10 performance. It was a truly impressive and almost unexpected performance by this group, who appear to be coming into their own almost halfway through the season. The defense made life difficult for Aaron Rodgers, holding him in check and forcing him into two key interceptions early on that completely swung the momentum. The first of the interceptions was taken to the house to tie the game at 10.
Once Tampa Bay took the lead, they relied on running back Ronald Jones to ice the game. The third-year back from USC had his third-straight 100-yard game, finishing with 113 yards and two touchdowns. This continues a streak of games where Jones has looked like a superstar for this team, and with the weapons Tom Brady has on the outside, a consistent running game can be what this team needs to be nearly unbeatable the rest of the way. Jones will look to continue his plus play against the Raiders on Sunday Night.
Jones (+1500) is a long shot to finish the season as the rushing leader, per DraftKings Sportsbook, but he's just 116 rushing yards behind the league leader, Derrick Henry.
Both of these teams are coming off impressive wins, and the Raiders had their bye week to rest up and get healthy. While the game is being played in Las Vegas, the visiting Buccaneers come into this game as 3.5-point favorites. Much of this is due to the dominating fashion that Tampa Bay pounced on Green Bay, but it also goes to show how impressive this team can be. The Buccaneers had that performance with 58 combined yards from their two star receivers, Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. If those two get going, watch out.
Normally, the Raiders want to play smash mouth football with Jacobs. This week, that may not be the best strategy, as the Bucs have the best run defense in football, even with the loss of Vita Vea. Carr will have to air the ball out against this secondary, and if they can cause a few turnovers, this could be a long day for the home team on national television.
Tampa Bay (-200) is favored by 3.5 points over New England (+170) with the over/under set at 52 total points.