Oakland Raiders vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Odds, Analysis, NFL Pick

For many seasons the Oakland Raiders bordered on pathetic on the road, winning just five road games in the previous three seasons before this year. Suddenly, though, Oakland is a very viable bet away from home, going 6-1 straight up and 7-0 against the spread on its last seven road trips. The Raiders play a second straight date in the Sunshine State when they take on Tampa Bay on Sunday.


Point spread: The Buccaneers opened as one-point favorites; the total was 49.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. (Line updates and matchup report)

NFL pick, via Odds Shark computer: 29.0-20.6 Buccaneers (NFL picks on every game)


Why the Raiders can cover the spread

In its quest to break a 13-season playoff drought, Oakland is now 5-2 and tied for the lead in the AFC West, following last week's 33-16 win at Jacksonville. The Raiders took an early 3-0 lead on the first of four Sebastian Janikowski field goals for the day and never trailed from there, gradually pulling away for the victory/cover as two-point dogs.

Oakland outrushed the Jaguars 144-105, held the ball for over 33 minutes and won the turnover battle 3-0. And that's how you win games and cover spreads in the NFL.

The Raiders then stayed and practiced in Florida this week, avoiding what would have been back-to-back cross-country flights. But why worry? Oakland is already 4-0 both SU and ATS on the road this season, and 2-0 SU and ATS in the Eastern time zone.


Why the Buccaneers can cover the spread

Tampa Bay is home after winning two straight games on the road. First, the Bucs upset the Panthers in Charlotte 17-14 on a Monday night. Then, following their bye week, they went out to Santa Clara and beat the 49ers 34-17. So they're back at .500 and just a half-game out of first place in the mediocre NFC South.

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