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Game Preview: Raiders prepare for a Sunday showdown with the Buccaneers

The Las Vegas Raiders return to action in Week 7 to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home in Allegiant Stadium, as the two clubs collide for the first time since 2016. The Raiders hold a 7-2 advantage in the all-time regular season series, winning four of the last five contests, including the 2016 overtime thriller by a score of 30-24. Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. PT on FOX.

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The Setting
Date: Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020
Kickoff: 1:05 p.m. PT
Site: Allegiant Stadium (2020)
Capacity/Surface: 65,000/Natural Bermuda
Regular Season: Raiders lead, 7-2
Postseason: Buccaneers lead, 1-0
Network Provider: FOX

Before hitting their Bye Week, the Raiders traveled to Kansas City and defeated the Chiefs by a score of 40-32 and handing their division rival its first loss of the 2020 campaign. In the contest, QB Derek Carr completed 22-of-31 passes for 347 yards while adding three touchdowns to just one interception for a season-high passer rating of 126.7. It marked Carr's 20th career contest with three touchdowns through the air, tying Ken Stabler for most such games all-time as a Raider. On the end of one of his three touchdown passes was WR Henry Ruggs III. After hauling in a 46- yard pass for his first reception of the contest, Ruggs III showed off his elite speed and made his way to the end zone from 72 yards out to mark his first career score. Ruggs III led the game with 118 receiving yards on the day, while TE Darren Waller and WR Nelson Agholor also chipped in by tallying with touchdowns of their own. RB Josh Jacobs carried the ball 23 times for 77 yards, finding the end zone twice and becoming just the third running back in Raiders lore to notch five multi-touchdown games through a player's first 18 career contests, joining Marcus Allen and Clem Daniels. On the defensive side of the ball, DE Maxx Crosby notched a sack for the third consecutive game to mark a new career-long streak. Crosby's 14 sacks through his first 21 career games is a Raiders record. S Jeff Heath recorded his first interception with the Silver and Black and returned it two the 2-yard line to set up a touchdown on the ensuing play to give the club a 16-point lead with 5:31 left in the final frame to help secure a Raiders victory.

Here are some notable connections between the two squads:

-Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden previously served as the Head Coach of the Buccaneers from 2002-08, winning the franchise's only championship in Super Bowl XXXVII.

-Raiders Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia spent nine years in Tampa Bay from 2002-10, starting as a special teams coordinator before adding assistant head coach to his title. 

-Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson served as the Buccaneers quarterbacks coach in 2008 before being promoted to offensive coordinator from 2009-11.

-Raiders running backs coach Kirby Wilson held the same position with Tampa Bay from 2002-03. 

-Raiders assistant special teams coordinator Byron Storer was spent three seasons (2007-09) playing fullback for the Buccaneers before joining the coaching staff as an assistant special teams coach. 

-Raiders defensive line coach Rod Marinelli spent the first 10 years (1996-2005) of his NFL coaching career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his first five seasons, he was the club's defensive line coach, spending the last four (2002-05) with the added title of assistant head coach alongside former Buccaneers and current Las Vegas Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden. Over his 10 seasons with the Buccaneers, the defensive line tallied an NFL-best 328.5 sacks.

-Raiders running backs coach Kirby Wilson held the same position with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2007-11, serving on the same staff as current Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians and assistant head coach/run game coordinator Harold Goodwin, who served as offensive coordinator and offensive assistant for the Steelers, respectively. 

-Raiders DE Carl Nassib joined the Raiders after spending two seasons (2018-19) with the Buccaneers, where he registered career highs in sacks (6.5) and forced fumbles (three) in 2018. d

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Broadcast Information (Radio)
Raiders Radio Network
Flagship: KOMP 92.3 FM and KRLV "Raider Nation Radio 920 AM"
Play-by-Play: Brent Musburger
Color Analyst: Lincoln Kennedy

The Buccaneers enter Week 7 at 4-2 following a 38-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 6. Following Sunday's clash, the Buccaneers will travel to New York to play the Giants, while the Raiders will head to Cleveland in Week 8 to face the Browns.

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