Can James make it a three-peat? Can Evan nail his fourth bold prediction of the season? Will any of the other guys every get anything right?
Let’s find out in this week’s bold predictions.
Bailey: The Raiders’ offense is pretty impressive. Derek Carr and Josh Jacobs have that unit rolling this season, as it’s averaging 30.2 points per game. That’s the sixth-best mark in the NFL right now, but Las Vegas isn’t touching that this Sunday, not against this Bucs defense. In fact, I don’t think the Raiders come close. Tampa Bay will hold them to just 14 points and in doing so, it will have kept back-to-back opponents under 17 points for the first time since 2010. They went back-to-back three separate times that season.
David: Three of the last four times the Raiders, Buccaneers, and Jon Gruden all shared a football field there has been a defensive touchdown. Let’s keep the trend rolling as Antoine Winfield Jr. gets his first career interception and takes it back for a pick-six. For good measure, Lavonte David or Devin White are scoring too. Because what’s better than a linebacker scoring a touchdown against the Raiders in the year of Super Bowl 55?
Evan: The Bucs have won back-to-back games against teams with winning records just once since 2009. That was against the Chiefs and Seahawks back in 2016. Not only is this a bold prediction, but it’s also a game prediction: The Bucs will beat the Raiders and win back-to-back games against opponents with winning records for just the second time in over a decade. And not just win, but win by at least 20 points again.
James: This Raiders team may have a tough task ahead with starting offensive linemen out against a ferocious Bucs pass rush, but I want to talk about the Bucs offense instead. This is the week we see something from this offense we have yet to see this season - and what better place to do it than Vegas? We are going to see touchdown receptions from Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski - just like hitting on a slot machine.
Jason: Last week we finally got to see Gronk score his first touchdown as a Buccaneer. As exciting as that was, there was nothing more exciting than seeing the Bucs go penalty free! As I’m sure you can understand, it’s really difficult to go penalty free. So, I don’t think they’ll strike gold twice, but I’m going bold and predicting they’ll still keep it under 3 penalties against Gruden’s Raiders.
Editor’s Pick by Gil Arcia: Legit, I like all five of these predictions. However, I like the fact that David is leaning on the rook scoring a pick-six. Winfield, Jr. is coming into his own and adding the cherry on top with linebackers getting in on that action? Can’t get more bold than that.
Which bold prediction do you like most for Week 7?
This poll is closed
Raiders score just 14 points.
Junior, LVD, White score
A 20-point win.
M1K3, Godwin, Gronk all score
Bucs have under three penalties.