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Oakland Raiders at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1st half summary, 2nd half open thread

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Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders won the coin toss on this sunny but breezy day in Tampa Bay and decided to kickoff first. Tampa's offense did manage to get one first down on a 3rd down pass to WR Mike Evans but that was all they got before punting to the Raiders. Unfortunately Raiders CB Sean Smith was injured on the drive and it appears like it could be serious, a devastating injury considering the size of Mike Evans who was going to be Smith's responsibility in this game.

The Raiders went 3 and out on their opening drive but Marquette King boomed a 67 yard punt with a holding penalty on the Buccaneers. Despite starting at their own 10 yard line though Tampa's offense utilized Evans again and RB Jacquizz Rodgers to get into Raiders territory quickly. The drive finally stalled at the 14 yard line thanks to good redzone defense that actually pushed Tampa back from there before settling for a 41 yard field goal to make the score 3-0 Tampa.

Oakland's next possession started out looking pretty good with a nice 27 yard completion to Mychal Rivera down the middle of the field but the drive ended in a sack strip of Derek Carr with the Buccaneers recovering it at the Oakland 34. This time Tampa would not be stopped, they scored a few plays later on a 19 yard touchdown pass to Russell Shepard on the first play of the 2nd quarter. The touchdown catch was a nice one over the top of D.J. Hayden and made the score 10-0 Bucs.

The two teams traded off failed possessions before the Raiders finally caught a break when Tampa forgot to cover Jamize Olawale. The fullback took the short pass and ran with it for a 68 yard gain down to the Buccaneers' 3 yard line. The Raiders then got disgustingly sloppy with a delay of game and an offensive pass interference penalty so the 1st and goal at the 3 turned into a 2nd and goal at the 19. A short pass and an incomplete pass later had the Raiders settle for the 31 yard field goal to make the score 10-3 Tampa.

On the next drive it was more unbelievable sloppiness by the Raiders when Oakland jumped offsides which gave the Bucs a free play on 3rd and 9, which they converted with a 14 yard pass to Mike Evans that also had a declined defensive holding penalty. Then the very next play Malcolm Smith fell on top of a sliding Jameis Winston for a 15 yard penalty. The defense held up after that to force a punt, which also had a Raiders penalty on it, though the punt was downed at the 1 anyway.

The offense actually got something going on their next drive despite starting inside their own 1 yard line. It started out with a 17 yard catch and run to Crabtree and was followed by a super sneaky 28 yard run by Deandre Washington to get out to midfield. The drive faltered after that at the Tampa 44 though so it ended up being just another failed drive by the Raiders and Marquette King punt.

The Bucs had the ball at their own 12 with just over a minute left in the half along with all 3 timeouts, but they decided to just do a couple of runs to finish out the half. They lead 10-3, which is the lowest points in the first half that the Raiders have scored so far this season. Oakland gets the ball first in the 2nd half and should feel lucky to only be down by a touchdown.

Sloppiness and bad decision making by the Raiders is definitely the story of the first half though. They have 10 (!) accepted penalties for 86 yards already in just the 1st half of football. They also had several other penalties get declined for one reason or another, it has been absolutely absurd and all the penalties were legitimate.