Raiders VS Buccaneers NFL Betting Free Pick

Raiders VS Buccaneers NFL Betting Free Pick

Tampa Bay -1.5 O/U 49.5

Oakland is 5-2 SU and 4-3 ATS after a 33-16 win and cover at Jacksonville Sunday. The total is 5-2.

Tampa Bay is 3-3 SU and 3-3 ATS after a 34-17 win and cover at San Fran Sunday. The total is 3-3.

The Tampa Bay Bucs return home Halloween weekend for the first time in 28 days after winning 2 straight road games wrapped around their bye week. The Raiders will stay in Florida to prepare for Tampa after beating Jacksonville, instead of traveling back to Oakland. Tampa is 3-3 and a half game back of Atlanta for first place. Oakland at 5-2 is in first in the AFC West.

This is a very interesting game featuring 2 young quarterbacks trying to take the next step in their development, while leading a team with playoff aspirations. Derek Carr, has been great this year throwing for 13 Td’s and only 3 interceptions. The Raider offense has been dangerous with Carr, running backs Deandre Washington and Latavius Murray, to go along with receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. The problem is their defense stinks so far this season giving up over 26 points 5 times. The smell on defense has been masked by the offense bailing them out all season. The Bucs may not have the offensive of firepower that Oakland has but their Qb, Rb, top receiver combo of Jameis Winston, Jacquizz Rodgers and Mike Evans are as dangerous as anyone in the league. After a rough 3 game stretch against the Cardinals, Rams and Broncos the defense seems to be coming around as well. 

Our RideTheHotHand NFL free pick this week is going to a play on the Buccaneers at home. This is a perfect storm for a let down game for the young Raiders. Yes the win over the lowly Jags was convincing but the training camp scenario of staying in Florida for 10 days will wear on them. Their defensive issues are not fixed and their offense scoring a bunch of points on the bad defenses of the Saints, Falcons, Ravens, Chargers and Jags doesn’t impress us. The Bucs defense has been great the last few weeks and should be able to slow Carr down. Winston and company have major confidence after those road wins. The emergence of Jacquizz Rodgers is just what this offense needs. Rodgers will gash the Raider defense and open up the passing game for Winston. The Pick: Bucs -1.5

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