Closing out a two-game road trip in Florida, the Oakland Raiders will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 10:00 a.m. PT. After playing the Jaguars in Jacksonville last week, the Raiders will spend the week in Florida leading up to Sunday's matchup with the Bucs. The contest marks the first meeting between the two teams since 2012 and Oakland's first trip to Tampa Bay since 2008. The Buccaneers will be the third NFC South opponent this year for the Raiders, who played the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 and Atlanta Falcons in Week 2. The Carolina Panthers will close out the NFC slate for the Raiders when they come to Oakland in Week 12. Last week, the Raiders beat the Jaguars by a final of 33-16, and the Bucs won a road contest against the San Francisco49ers, 34-17.
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Date:Sunday, Oct. 30Kickoff:10:00 a.m. PTSite:Raymond James Stadium (1998)Capacity/Surface:65,890/Natural GrassRegular Season:Raiders lead, 6-2
Postseason:Buccaneers lead, 1-0 (Super Bowl XXXVII)
Facing the team he was the head coach of for nine seasons, Jack Del Rio and his team earned another road victory last week. WR Michael Crabtree had another big day, posting a game-high eight receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown. QB Derek Carr threw for 200 yards on 23-of-37 passing with a score and RB Latavius Murray returned after missing two games to score two rushing touchdowns. On defense, DE Khalil Mack notched his third sack of the season in the game helping limit QB Blake Bortles to a 58.9 quarterback rating. The secondary came up with two interceptions in the game, with S Reggie Nelson recording a pick against his former team and CB David Amerson hauling one in to stop a potential scoring drive. P Marquette King turned in another impressive performance, recording a gross average of 54.6 yards per punt and placing four punts inside the Jaguars' 20-yard line. Following Sunday's game, the Raiders will return home for a divisional matchup with the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football for the last game before their bye week. The Buccaneers will have a short week, hosting the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football.
P Marquette King has proved to be a weapon again this season for the Silver and Black, helping the Raiders rank eighth in the NFL in opponents' average starting position, as opponents are beginning their drive at their own 26.1-yard line. After receiving a contract extension this past offseason, King has punted 34 times for 1,721 yards (50.6 gross avg. and 42.4 net average) with 15 punts placed inside the opponents' 20-yard line. His gross average and net average are currently on pace for a career high. In last Sunday's win, King also recorded his first career rush, a 27- yard run on fourth-and-24. The 27-yard gain was the longest by a punter since 2010.
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Overview: In his first year at the helm of an NFL team, Head Coach Dirk Koetter was given the reigns of the Buccaneers following success in his one season as Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator in 2015. After finishing fourth in the NFC South standings with a 6-10 record last year, Koetter currently has his team sitting in second place of the division at 3-3.
Offense: Leading the offense in his second year is QB Jameis Winston. As a rookie, Winston piloted one of the most successful offenses in the NFL and franchise history, throwing for 4,024 yards with 28 touchdowns, both third most by a rookie in NFL history. Entering Week 8, Winston has thrown for 1,596 yards with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Third-year WR Mike Evans is tied for the league lead with six receiving touchdowns, while adding 545 yards on 40 receptions. In his second year, TE Cameron Brate has recorded 20 receptions for 226 yards and ranks second on the team with two touchdowns. Newcomer RB Jacquizz Rodgers is pacing the run game with 324 yards on 69 carries (4.7 avg.) in his first year in Tampa Bay.
Defense: Under defensive coordinator Mike Smith in his first year with the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay is second in the league in third down conversions, holding opponents to just 32.9 percent. Leading the way for the defense in his second-year is LB Kwon Alexander, who leads the team with 53 tackles (45 solo) and is tied for second with two sacks. Additionally, Alexander has recorded the team's only defensive touchdown, returning an interception 38 yards for the score. In his 10th year, veteran CB Brent Grimes is tied for fourth in the NFL with nine passes defensed. DT Gerald McCoy is the team leader with three sacks.
Pro Connections • During his nine years as head coach of the Jaguars from 2003-2011, Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio's coaching staff included Buccaneers Head Coach Dirk Koetter (offensive coordinator, 2007-2011), Buccaneers special teams coordinator Nate Kaczor (assistant special teams coach, 2008-2011), Buccaneers offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Todd Monken (wide receivers coach, 2007-2010), Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith (defensive coordinator, 2003-07), Buccaneers linebackers coach Mark Duffner (linebackers coach, 2006-2013) and Buccaneers assistant defensive line coach Paul Spicer (assistant defensive line coach, 2011-12).
An exclusive look at the past matchups between the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers through the years.
• Raiders T Donald Penn played for the Buccaneers from 2006-13, seeing action in 112 games and earning a Pro Bowl nod in 2010.
• Raiders defensive assistant coach Sam Anno played linebacker for three years (1989-1991) with the Buccaneers, appearing in 48 games.
• Raiders defensive line coach Jethro Franklin spent one year with the Buccaneers in 2006, also serving as their defensive line coach.
• Raiders assistant offensive line coach Tim Holt first started in the NFL with the Buccaneers as an offensive assistant in 2009. He was later promoted to assistant offensive line for the 2010-11 seasons.
• Buccaneers offensive quality control coach Ben Steele spent the 2002 season as a member of the Raiders practice squad.
• Buccaneers pro scout Steve West began his NFL career in 2009 working as an offensive assistant for the Raiders, holding the position for three years.
• Buccaneers TE Brandon Myers originally entered the NFL as the Raiders' sixth-round pick (202nd overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft. Over his four seasons in Oakland, Myers appeared in 58 games with 28 starts recording 111 catches for 1,056 yards (9.5 avg.) with four touchdowns.
• Buccaneers Head Coach Dirk Koetter worked as the offensive coordinator at San Francisco State in 1985.
• Prior to joining the Buccaneers, offensive quality control coach Ben Steele was the offensive administrative assistant at Cal (Berkeley) from 2011-12. He then spent the 2013 season as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at UC Davis.
• Buccaneers defensive line coach Jay Hayes spent three years at Cal from 1992-94, serving as an assistant coach.
• Buccaneers P Bryan Anger played in 51 games at Cal from 2007-11, punting 255 times for 11,094 yards (43.5 avg.) and a 38.2 net average with 90 punts downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line.
• Buccaneers S Chris Conte appeared in 50 games at Cal at both cornerback and safety, totaling 157 tackles.
• Raiders S Nate Allen (Cape Coral), WR Amari Cooper (Miami), G/C Jon Feliciano (Davie), WR Johnny Holton (Miami), K Sebastian Janikowski (Daytona Beach), S Karl Joseph (Orlando), G Denver Kirkland (Miami), DE Khalil Mack (Fort Pierce), S Reggie Nelson (Melbourne) and TE Clive Walford (Belle Glade) are all natives of Florida. Additionally, WR Seth Roberts attended McClay High School in Tallahassee, Fla.
• Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is a native of Oakland, Calif., attending St. Mary's High School in Stockton, Calif.
IMG Academy Connections
• Raiders assistant strength and conditioning coach Darryl Eto was the assistant director of research development and program design at IMG Academy from 1997-99.
• Raiders WR Amari Cooper competed at the 2011 IMG 7-on-7 National Championships at IMG Academy.
• Raiders offensive linemen Jon Feliciano (2015), Matt McCants (2012) and Menelik Watson (2013) all participated in pre-draft/pre-combine training at IMG Academy