NFL Preview: Las Vegas Raiders vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injury Updates, Predictions

Published 10/25/2020, 1:00 AM EDT
Oct 4, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Derek Carr-led Las Vegas Raiders will enter Week 7 rejuvenated and ready to go all out after getting the week off. Jon Gruden’s boys are on a 3-2 record at the moment. A win over the NFC South leaders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will bolster the team’s morale to help them fight their way to the Playoffs.


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Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers are riding a high at the moment. They destroyed the Green Bay Packers last weekend and will be looking to build on that win by beating the Raiders at the Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 7 game day predictions.


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The Derek Carr-led Las Vegas Raiders looking to make a mark in Week 7

Derek Carr led the Las Vegas Raiders to a 32-40 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5. We’re sure Gruden must be preparing his players over the last two weeks to take on a tough Buccaneers outfit at the Allegiant Stadium.

Derek Carr will bank upon RB Joshua Jacobs, TE Darren Waller, and WR Hunter Renfrow to help him out. The home team will be without WR Bryan Edwards and CB Keisean Nixon for tonight’s game.

But more importantly, the Raiders’ defense will need to step up in order to silence Tom Brady and his band of speedsters. The likes of Johnathan Abram and Maxx Crosby will be kept busy on their home turf.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers looking to build on their outing against the Packers

Bruce Arians’ Tampa Bay Buccaneers are sitting atop the NFC South Division table at the moment with a 4-2 record. Confidence will be high in the Buccaneers dressing room after their emphatic 38-10 win over the Packers in Week 6.

Tom Brady, in particular, will be in the limelight after his epic display against Aaron Rodgers and Co. TE Rob Gronkowski also impressed last weekend.

What’s more, with Antonio Brown being linked to the Bucs, WRs Mike Evans and Chris Godwin will be eager to prove their worth on Sunday.

The Bucs defense led by Shaquil Barrett will be kept on their toes all night by Carr and his offensive supporting cast. Let’s hope they can replicate what they did against the Packers in Week 6.


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NFL Preview: Las Vegas Raiders vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injury Updates

Las Vegas  – Out

WR Bryan Edwards – Foot/Ankle

CB Keisean Nixon – Groin


DT Maliek Collins – Shoulder

DE Carl Nassib – Toe

Tampa Bay – Questionable

S Andrew Adams – Hamstring


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Raiders vs Buccaneers Prediction

Las Vegas Raiders 29 – 32 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Oct 4, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws the ball under pressure from Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) in the second quarter at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Despite their knack for beating NFC South opponents, we back the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to outsmart the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.


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The visitors are pushing hard for a playoff spot, and the impending arrival of the tenacious WR Antonio Brown will only help them achieve their end-goal faster.

But Derek Carr and Co. will definitely not go down without putting up a fight. They displayed great character in their last NFL outing against the Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs.


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And chances are that they might pull off yet another upset at their magnificent new Allegiant Stadium tonight.


Daniel Arambur

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