The Oakland Raiders will head home to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a great battle between two 3-4 teams. After a great win last week against Kansas City Chiefs.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers snapped a nine-game road losing streak last week winning in Minnesota against the Vikings and will try to make it two straight on the road with a win over the Oakland Raiders at the O.co Coliseum Sunday. The Raiders are ready for them specifically inside the “Black-hole” the team has allowed just 20.67 points per game over their last three games.
Oakland has just beaten the Jaguars and Chiefs after a 1-4 start, leaving the Raiders one game behind first-place Denver Broncos in the AFC West. Power-back Darren McFadden continues to be one of the NFL's most dangerous backs, although he is averaging only 3.3 yards per carry this season. Veteran quarterback Carson Palmer has been solid this season with only four interceptions and the kicking game, with Sebastian Janikowski and punter Shane Lechler, is one of the best in the league.
On the defense veteran defensive tackle Richard Seymour is back to his normal self being a marquee player on Oakland's defensive line. While linebacker Phillip Wheeler is doing whatever it takes to get the ball carrier and leads the team in tackles.
For the Buccaneers the team is averaging an NFL-best 34 points in the last three weeks, and Josh Freeman has thrown three touchdown passes in each of the last three games. Raiders to be aware of rookie running-back Doug Martin tied the league for fourth in total yards from scrimmage (767), while veterans on defense like Ronde Barber has three interceptions so far this season.
2012 SEASON RECORDS:
Tampa Bay 3-4; Oakland 3-4
SERIES: Raiders lead 6-1
RECORD VS. RAIDERS: 0-5