This week, Tampa Bay returns home to host the Raiders (5-2) in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVII. Here, we preview the matchup and tell you where to watch and listen to it.
Winners of two straight, the Buccaneers are now at .500. This week, the Oakland Raiders and their 4-0 road record come to town for a 1:00 matchup. Tampa Bay is 0-2 at home this season, but its next three games will be played in Tampa. A win on Sunday would be big for the next stretch of the season as the Bucs look to keep themselves in the playoff picture.
Last Sunday, Tampa Bay racked up 513 yards in San Francisco and left with a 34-17 win. Jameis Winston threw for three touchdowns, while Jacquizz Rodgers stayed hot by rushing for 154 yards on 26 carries. After a rough opening drive, the defense held up, allowing just 273 total yards. Gerald McCoy made a triumphant return, picking up a sack and a fumble recovery. This week, the Bucs are hoping to get Robert Ayers back in the lineup for the first time since week two. He is listed as questionable for the game, but did fully participate in practice on Friday.
Last Sunday, Oakland picked up a convincing 33-16 win in Jacksonville. Rather than return to the West Coast after that game, head coach Jack Del Rio decided to keep his team in Florida this week to eliminate the issue of traveling across the country in back-to-back weeks. That takes away what could have been a possible advantage for the Bucs, but the Raiders were bound to be a big test anyway. Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree will be one of the toughest trios that Tampa Bay faces all season.
The last time these two teams met was in week nine of the 2012 season. Tampa Bay came away with a 42-32 win in Oakland, running through the Raider defense all day. Doug Martin totaled 251 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries. Overall, the Raiders have a 6-2 lead in the regular season series, but the Bucs did get the win in their lone postseason meeting, which was in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Where to Watch
Where to Listen
103.5 FM and 620 AM will have the radio broadcast in the Tampa Bay area. Gene Deckerhoff will assume his usual play-by-play duties, joined in the booth by analyst Dave Moore. T.J. Rives will provide the sideline reports. For other radio options around Florida, check here. Fans can also listen to the game on Buccaneers.com or the Buccaneers mobile app.
Satellite radio subscribers can listen to the Bucs’ broadcast on Sirius 157. The Raiders’ broadcast will air on Sirius 137.