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Bucs at Raiders: Scouting report

The Bucs' ball security and efficient offense during the past three weeks give them a chance to win any game. The Raiders are better on defense than most realize. But their opponent quarterback rating is 95.3, 26th in the league. That should tell you something.

Raiders' top offensive player

Darren McFadden, right, isn't having his best season. But he might have jump-started things with his 114 rushing yards a week ago against the Chiefs. He's a home run threat who already has a 64-yard touchdown run.

Raiders' top defensive player

Tackle Tommy Kelly, left, doesn't have a sack. But don't get caught up in that number. He has a combined 141/2 over the past two seasons, impressive for an interior rusher. With the Bucs' offensive line injuries, that's a problem.

The Bucs must avoid …

A slow start on the road is always detrimental. And many good teams have gone to Oakland and come away losers in recent seasons. The Bucs have done a good job starting fast this season, a key for a venue at which they've never won.

What the Raiders do best

Throw the ball, their 264 passing yards per game 10th in the NFL. Carson Palmer has thrown for 300-plus yards twice, 297 once and 298 once. His season high of 373 came against the Dolphins on Sept. 16.

How you beat the Raiders

Keep their front seven at bay with manageable down-and-distance situations. The Bucs have done well over their past three games getting yards on first and second down. That makes them unpredictable on third down.

Projected starters

BUCS

OFFENSE

WR: Vincent Jackson

LT: Donald Penn

LG: Jeremy Zuttah

C: Ted Larsen

RG: Jamon Meredith

RT: Demar Dotson

TE: Dallas Clark

WR: Mike Williams

QB: Josh Freeman

RB: Doug Martin

FB: Erik Lorig

DEFENSE

LDE: Michael Bennett

DT: Gerald McCoy

DT: Roy Miller

RDE: Daniel

Te'o-Nesheim

SLB: Quincy Black

MLB: Mason Foster

WLB: Lavonte David

CB: E.J. Biggers

CB: Eric Wright

SS: Mark Barron

FS: Ronde Barber

special teams

PR: Roscoe Parrish

KR: Arrelious Benn

PK: Connor Barth

P/KO: Michael Koenen

Raiders

OFFENSE

WR: Denarius Moore

LT: Jared Veldheer

LG: Cooper Carlisle

C: Stefen Wisniewski

RG: Mike Brisiel

RT: Willie Smith

TE: Brandon Myers

WR: Darrius Heyward-Bey

QB: Carson Palmer

RB: Darren McFadden

RB: Marcel Reece

DEFENSE

LDE: Lamarr Houston

DT: Richard Seymour

DT: Tommy Kelly

RDE: Matt Shaughnessy

SLB: Philip Wheeler

MLB: Rolando McClain

WLB: Miles Burris

CB: Michael Huff

CB: Pat Lee

SS: Tyvon Branch

FS: Matt Giordano

special teams

PR: Phillip Adams

KR: Mike Goodson

PK/KO: Sebastian Janikowski

P: Shane Lechler

Prediction

Bucs 26, Raiders 24

Stat pack



4 p.m., Oakland (Calif.) Coliseum | TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5-FM | Line, O/U: Raiders by 1½, 47

Rushing yards

passing yards

total yards

Rushing yards allowed

passing yards allowed

total yards allowed

Bucs

raiders

110.0 (15th)

85.1 (30th)



85.1 (6th)

102.1 (11th)



246.6 (14th)

264.0 (10th)



309.6 (31st)

246.6 (21st)



356.6 (15th)

349.1 (18th)



394.7 (27th)

348.7 (18th)

Injury report

Bucs Probable: DE Michael Bennett (ankle), CB Brandon McDonald (ankle), T Donald Penn (wrist), CB Eric Wright (Achilles).

Raiders Out: T Khalif Barnes (groin), CB Shawntae Spencer (foot). Doubtful: LB Keenan Clayton (shoulder). Questionable: RB Taiwan Jones (knee), LB Rolando McClain (toe). Probable: DT Desmond Bryant (elbow), LB Travis Goethel (back), RB Mike Goodson (toe), K Sebastian Janikowski (left groin), RB Darren McFadden (shoulder), DT Richard Seymour (knee), DE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), T Willie Smith (ankle), DE David Tollefson (shoulder), T Jared Veldheer (elbow), G Stefen Wisniewski (ankle).

Bucs at Raiders: Scouting report 11/03/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 3, 2012 8:51pm]

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