Two weeks removed from their impressive win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Las Vegas Raiders welcomed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Allegiant Stadium, eager to get back to work after the bye week. Without Trent Brown and Johnathan Abram, the Silver and Black stayed within striking distance for most of the game; however, Tom Brady and the Bucs took off late in the fourth quarter, widening the gap and making any sort of comeback too difficult to overcome.
Eventually falling 45-20, it wasn't the outcome the Raiders were hoping for, but Head Coach Jon Gruden said postgame he hopes the loss motivates the team. Gruden's unit will have a lot to clean up prior to next Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, but there were still a handful of positives from the Week 7 action.
Let's review the numbers.
107 -A couple of weeks ago, I suggested people pick up Nelson Agholor in their fantasy leagues, and if you listened you may have reaped the rewards on Sunday. Agholor led all Raiders with 107 receiving yards and added a touchdown for good measure.
97.5 -Derek Carr finished the game with a rating of 97.5. He was efficient for most of the game, completing 24 of his 36 pass attempts, but threw an interception and was sacked three times. Carr did all he could to keep the score close.
9 -Trayvon Mullen has developed into a reliable cornerback for the Raiders and on Sunday he led all Raiders with nine tackles. He also added two passes defensed.
1 -Against the Bucs, the Raiders were unable to get to the quarterback, registering one hit against Brady with zero sacks. Brady was able to operate in the pocket comfortably and you can't allow that if you want any chance at winning.
76 -Entering the game, everyone knew the Bucs boasted one of the best run defenses in the NFL and they lived up to their reputation. The Raiders finished with a combined 76 rushing yards. Jalen Richard led the way with 24 rushing yards.
31:04 -The Raiders won the time-of-possession battle by two minutes, able to control the pace of the game. Unfortunately, the Bucs made the most of their opportunities and struck fast with the ball in their hands.
1 -Carr, who's very responsible with the football, had the only turnover all game, but it wasn't the reason the team fell. Carr only has two interceptions on the year and he'll be back on track next week.
83% -The Bucs converted 83 percent of their red zone trips, finding the end zone five out of six times.
Next week, Derek Carr and Co. will travel to Cleveland to face the Browns, who are riding high following Baker Mayfield's five-touchdown performance. The preparation starts now and they'll be ready to go come Sunday.
Here are the playtime percentages from Week 7:
|D Good||G||65 - 100%||4 - 13%|
|K Miller||T||65 - 100%||4 - 13%|
|R Hudson||C||65 - 100%|
|D Carr||QB||65 - 100%|
|D Waller||TE||59 - 91%|
|N Agholor||WR||51 - 78%|
|H Ruggs III||WR||49 - 75%|
|G Jackson||G||44 - 68%||2 - 6%|
|B Parker||T||42 - 65%||2 - 6%|
|H Renfrow||WR||35 - 54%||3 - 10%|
|J Jacobs||RB||32 - 49%|
|S Young||T||23 - 35%||2 - 6%|
|J Witten||TE||21 - 32%||4 - 13%|
|J Simpson||G||21 - 32%||4 - 13%|
|J Richard||RB||19 - 29%||8 - 26%|
|D Booker||RB||15 - 23%||8 - 26%|
|A Ingold||FB||13 - 20%||20 - 65%|
|F Moreau||TE||11 - 17%||15 - 48%|
|R Gafford||WR||10 - 15%||6 - 19%|
|Z Jones||WR||10 - 15%|
|J Heath||S||72 - 100%||19 - 61%|
|E Harris||S||72 - 100%||15 - 48%|
|N Lawson||CB||72 - 100%||13 - 42%|
|T Mullen||CB||72 - 100%||12 - 39%|
|C Littleton||LB||72 - 100%||10 - 32%|
|N Kwiatkoski||LB||54 - 75%||7 - 23%|
|L Joyner||CB||53 - 74%|
|M Crosby||DE||51 - 71%||7 - 23%|
|M Collins||DT||44 - 61%||6 - 19%|
|J Hankins||DT||39 - 54%||9 - 29%|
|C Nassib||DE||39 - 54%|
|C Ferrell||DE||38 - 53%||7 - 23%|
|N Morrow||LB||37 - 51%||12 - 39%|
|M Hurst||DT||31 - 43%|
|A Key||DE||28 - 39%|
|K Vickers||DT||16 - 22%||1 - 3%|
|I Johnson||CB||2 - 3%||15 - 48%|
|K Wilber||LB||27 - 87%|
|D Carrier||TE||24 - 77%|
|D Leavitt||S||19 - 61%|
|R McMillan||LB||17 - 55%|
|D Carlson||K||9 - 29%|
|T Sieg||LS||8 - 26%|
|D Mabin||CB||8 - 26%|
|A Cole||P||8 - 26%|
|A James||C||4 - 13%|
|A Robertson||CB||2 - 6%|