The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look pretty good against the Oakland Raiders so far. They hold a 10-0 lead at the start of the second quarter. The lone touchdown came when Jameis Winston found special teams specialist Russell Shepard in the end zone - Shepard has emerged as a weapon at wide receiver with Vincent Jackson on injured reserve.
What a throw.— Trevor Sikkema (@TrevorSikkema) October 30, 2016
What a catch. pic.twitter.com/aV0z2mJxAv
That was a beautiful throw under pressure and on the move, landing exactly over Shepard’s shoulders who had just gotten behind the defense.
Interestingly, the running game has been fairly limited for both teams, despite being a strength in other games. Jacquizz Rodgers has just 29 yards on eight carries, while the Raiders have just two carries for three yards.
The Bucs and Raiders have been fairly balanced so far, with both teams suffering several crippling penalties. Jameis Winston converted several third downs, and Mike Evans has been as important as ever.
The biggest play of the game came close to the end of the first quarter, with Noah Spence getting his third sack of the season, forcing a fumble, and Howard Jones recovering. That gave the Bucs the ball on the edge of field goal range, and a couple of throws later the Bucs were in the endzone.