NFL Week 7: Buccaneers vs. Raiders could be in danger of not happening

Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to extend their win streak to two versus the Las Vegas Raiders this week, but there could be trouble ahead.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been one of the teams with the smallest impact from COVID-19. The Bucs haven’t had any games canceled and haven’t closed their facilities yet, which is saying a lot for most teams in the league.

After a massive win versus the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay’s run of good luck could come to an end.

The Las Vegas Raiders are the next team up for the Bucs in a game that is scheduled for primetime. Unfortunately, according to Tom Pelissero, the Raiders could have a scare on their hands.

Tackle Trent Brown has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. On its face, this could mean many things, but the ramifications are there for the game struggling to get off the ground. Perhaps Brown just came into contact with someone who has it and is just taking precautions. That is the best-case scenario, but others could make the situation more dire.

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Even though the Raiders are coming off a bye, Brown could have come into contact with any of the other players/staff beforehand and unknowingly transferred the virus. While the bye would have been plenty of time for the organization to figure out what transpired, there is still a chance that some players will show positive tests.

This situation often starts with one player and then quickly encompasses numerous others. Teams like the Tennessee Titans struggled with issues like this for weeks, and the Raiders could be the next team to face the same problems.

While the players’ health is the number one priority, the Buccaneers would lose out on some of their momentum if this game is rescheduled. That may be the safe move if more tests show up positive, but Tampa Bay has to keep its fingers crossed that everyone else is healthy for many reasons.

Any significant change to the Buccaneer schedule now could be a pain, but not the end of the world. Tampa Bay still has its bye week later in the year, and they wouldn’t be forced into an unfavorable schedule.

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As of now, the game is still on, but Bucs fans will want to keep an eye on the Raiders to see how this situation unfolds over the next few days.