The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3) host the Oakland Raiders (5-2) this Sunday, as both teams aim to extend their winning streak. The Bucs have won two games in a row, and hope to take over the number one spot in the NFC South, while the Raiders lead the AFC West and have one four of the last five games.
The Bucs beat a quality opponent in the Atlanta Falcons in week one, but have yet to perform well against good teams since then, with a 40-7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals as the low point so far. But they’ve bounced back as injured players have returned to play, and Jacquizz Rodgers has emerged as the number one back with Doug Martin injured.
The Bucs are 3-15 over the last three seasons at home, and have a chance to get their first home win a renovated stadium against Oakland. That’d be a nice prize for fans that have been miserably treated by the on-field product for the past decade.
As for the Raiders, they’ve been pretty good this season. A 5-2 record obviously says as much, but they look like they’re real contenders this year, and have built a good core over the past few years after over a decade of miserable play. A win would go a long way toward a division title and their first playoff appearance since their Super Bowl loss to the Bucs in 2003.
Either way, this should be a fascinating game. Here’s all you need to know to watch the game.
Raiders vs. Buccaneers
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, October 30
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
TV: CBS, Northern California and Northern Florida (full map here)
Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein, Steve Tasker
Odds: Bucs by 1