The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be looking to extend their modest winning streak while snapping the Oakland Raiders unblemished road record when the two playoff hopefuls square off at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.
Now, let’s find out if the Bucs can bring home the bacon as a slight home online betting favorite.
Here’s A Closer Look At The Raiders At Buccaneers NFL Week 8 Winning Predictions
When: Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: Raymond James Stadium
Live Stream: CBS Sports Network
NFL Odds: Tampa Bay -1 / Over/Under: 49.5
The Raiders pounded the hell out of the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars last weekend, winning 33-16 to easily cover the NFL betting line as a 2-point underdog. Latavius Murray rushed 18 times for 59 yards and scored two touchdowns in his return from turf toe while quarterback Derek Carr completed 23 of 37 passes for 200 yards and one touchdown.
The Oakland Raiders are a perfect 4-0 in four road games this season and are averaging a healthy 26.4 points per game this season to rank eighth in scoring. Unfortunately, Oakland’s defense has been less than inspiring in giving up 25.5 points per game defensively to rank an uninspiring 22nd in points allowed.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs have won two straight games and enter this Week 8 matchup coming off a commanding 34-17 spanking over San Francisco that saw them easily cover the NFL betting line as a 1-point underdog. The Buccaneers are averaging 21.3 points per game to rank 19th in scoring as quarterback Jameis Winston has completed 59.9 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns, but nine costly interceptions.
Defensively, the Buccaneers are allowing 26.5 points per game to rank an uninspiring 25th in points allowed. For the season, Tampa Bay has recorded four interceptions, five fumble recoveries and 13 sacks.
Expert Prediction and Pick
I’ll get right to the point by saying that I like the Oakland Raiders to get the outright road win and accompanying ATS cover for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, the Raiders have a huge edge in coaching Jack Del Rio being far more experienced than counterpart and former student Dirk Koetter.
Next, I think the Raiders have one of the best defensive backfields in all of football while Tampa Bay’s defense leaves a lot more to be desired. Last but not least, Oakland has not lost a game on the road this season while Tampa Bay has yet to win one on their home field. Add it all up and I see a Raiders win and ATS cover.