It wasn’t quite the Jon Gruden-Buccaneers reunion that we’d hoped for as the Raiders hosted Tampa Bay at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday afternoon. But considering the week they’d had, the Raiders put up a valiant fight against Tom Brady, Gronk and the Bucs defense.
Here’s an instant look at the Las Vegas Raiders’ home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, which ended with a final score of 45-20.
Tampa Bay took over late:
The Raiders were within four points with a score of 24-20 in the fourth quarter, but the Buccaneers took over on both sides of the ball and ran away from the Raiders. who are now 3-3.
The Raiders’ defense caused Tom Brady and Tampa Bay to go three and out on the first drive of the game. It didn’t hurt that Brady missed a wide-open Rob Gronkowski on the first play of the game.
Nelson Agholor is a bad man:
Derek Carr hit the receiver for a big play on the first drive and then capped it off with a 28-yard touchdown pass to give Las Vegas a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The offensive line did not look rusty after missing a week of practice.
The Raiders converted a fake punt on a Jeff Heath rumble from their own 34 in the first quarter. It was a gutsy call by Jon Gruden. The Raiders went on to score a field goal to take a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter.
Tuck Rule II?
Nope, the refs fixed their mistake with the review after a Carr incomplete pass that was initially called a fumble that would have given Tampa Bay great field position in the second quarter.
Sam Young hurt:
Right tackle Young — playing for Trent Brown — left the game with a knee injury in the second quarter. Brandon Parker replaced Young,
Brady and Gronkowski had a big second quarter and hooked up for a touchdown to give Tampa Bay a 14-10 lead in the second quarter.
Bad end to the half:
The Buccaneers cruised down the field late in the second quarter to take a 21-10 lead at the half. It ended a half where the Raiders’ defense had no pass-rush after a strong performance at Kansas City in Week 5.
Not great start to second half:
The Raiders couldn’t score to open the second half and the Buccaneers ended their first drive of the half with a field goal to take a 24-10 lead.
Taking advantage of mistakes:
Carr made a bad decision and was picked off in the third quarter. But Tampa Bay was penalized on the play. On the next play, the Buccaneers forced a fourth down and a likely Las Vegas punt. Yet another Tampa Bay penalty gave the Raiders life. Then, Carr hit Agholor on a big play to set up a short touchdown pass to tight end Darren Waller to make it a 24-17 game and keep the Raiders in the game.
Raiders right guard Gabe Jackson was ejected in the third quarter for apparently going after Tampa Bay defensive lineman William Gholston, leaving Las Vegas without another offensive lineman. Rookie John Simpson took over for Jackson.
Next up, the Raiders head to Cleveland for an early Sunday game against the Browns.