Two weeks after beating the Kansas City Chiefs, the Las Vegas Raiders fell against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Although the Silver and Black was the first team to strike, the ‘Bucs’ would quickly answered back and didn’t take the foot off the pedal the rest of the game.
The Raiders offense had a good opening drive but promptly went dormant
The Raiders defense took an early stand when they forced the Buccaneers to punt. They made the most out of it and scored on a three-play drive right after. Quarterback Derek Carr completed his three pass attempts for 64 yards and one touchdown. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor has been an important part of the team’s passing game in recent weeks and today was no different as he hauled in two of Carr’s three passes.
Things then slowed down and the Buccaneers scored 21 points while the Raiders could only hit a field goal to make the game 30-10. One big reason why the Silver and Black couldn’t stop the ‘Bucs’ from scoring was their inability to pressure quarterback Tom Brady.
Meanwhile, the Raiders offensive line had a hard time against the Buccaneers’ pass rush. They surely missed right tackle Trent Brown, who is currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Backup Sam Young left the game with a knee injury and Brandon Parker took over at right tackle. He was a liability and was responsible for a sack on Carr in the second quarter.
The second half wasn’t much better
The Buccaneers were the first ones to score in the third quarter with a 29-yard field goal. Later in the same quarter, Agholor hauled in a 44-yard reception that would set a one-yard receiving touchdown by Waller. Right after it, guard Gabe Jackson got ejected from the game for unnecessary roughness. Things went a bit quiet afterward, but the Raiders would make a 36-yard field goal in their first drive of the fourth quarter. The ‘Bucs’ responded with an 11-play, 67-yard touchdown drive, and the Silver and Black trailed 31-20.
In the next drive, Carr threw an interception that safety Antoine Winfield Jr. returned 16 yards. The ‘Bucs’ offense quickly scored and the Raiders were 18 points behind. That wasn’t the end of it though, as Brady threw his fourth touchdown of the day. All in all, Brady threw four touchdowns and ran for another and the score was 45-20.
The Raiders didn’t seem to have an answer for the Buccaneers offense. After slowing down the Chiefs in the second half of their Week 5 matchup, the Silver and Black against Tampa Bay showed that they still have plenty of work to do to keep up with the best teams in the NFL week in and week out.
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