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Pirate-on-pirate violence: Raiders versus Buccaneers

The Oakland Raiders will invade the Tampa Bay Buccaneers like they were The Crimson Permanent Assurance on Sunday, October 30th at Raymond James Stadium. Here are the online NFL betting odds for that game at the BetNow football betting site:

Raiders +1½ (-105) 49½ (-115)
Buccaneers -1½ (-115) 49½ (-105)

The Raiders defeated their head coach Jack Del Rio’s former team the Jacksonville Jaguars, 33-16 on Sunday. Running back Latavius Murray came back from a metatarsophalangeal joint sprain – popularly known as turf toe – and ran for 59 yards on 18 carries with two TDs. Oakland QB Derek Carr threw 23 of 37 for 200 yards and one scoring pass to wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who had 96 yards on eight receptions. This was the Raiders’ most complete win of the season; they are 5-2 for the first time since the 2001 season (4-0 on the road). The Jags fans booed Jack Del Rio like he was Alberto Del Rio, but the erstwhile Jaguars coach had the last laugh. Wait, that was the last laugh? I told you to save me some. Man!

The Bucs (3-3) have won two in a row, though the latter of those two was pretty much a freebie as they beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-17. Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston finished 21 of 30 for 269 yards with three TDs – two to wide receiver Mike Evans – to rally the Bucs from a 14-point deficit. Additionally, running back Jacquizz Rodgers rush for 154 yards on 26 carries.

Tampa Bay will have home field advantage this Sunday, but the Raiders seem to have acclimated themselves to Florida quite well. Moreover, Oakland is 3-2 straight up in Eastern Time, a time zone that until not too long ago and for a long time was not too kind to the Raiders; they went 0-15 straight up in Eastern Time from 2010 to 2014. Furthermore, as mentioned above, Oakland is 4-0 on the road this regular season. Meanwhile, betting on the Bucs at home has not been the best online NFL betting move this year – Tampa Bay is 0-2 straight up and against the spread in home games this regular season.

The Raiders are posting 26.4 points and 369.6 total yards (254.7 passing and 114.9 rushing) per game on offense, and allowing 25.6 points and 430.4 total yards (302.1 passing and 128.3 rushing) per game on defense. The Bucs are recording 21.3 points and 365.3 total yards (250.0 passing and 115.3 rushing) per game offensively, and giving up 26.5 points and 350.7 total yards (237.5 passing and 113.2 rushing) per game defensively. Oakland leads the AFC West division above even defending Super Bowl Champions the Denver Broncos. Tampa Bay is second in the NFC South and could very conceivably make the postseason this year, unlike last season. In this head-to-head matchup, though, the Raiders have superior firepower than the Bucs, whom it is hard to picture bringing enough heat to Derek Carr. Therefore, the online NFL betting advantage lies with Oakland.