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Winners of two straight, the Oakland Raiders host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in an important interconference game. With both teams teetering on the verge of playoff contention, the Raiders hope to make up some ground in the standings by playing five of their next seven games at home. The Buccaneers won an impressive game at favored Minnesota a week ago.

With its defense steadily improving, Tampa Bay has also seen the emergence of quarterback Josh Freeman, who has passed for 10 touchdowns against two interceptions in his past four games. Running back Doug Martin had his best professional game against the Vikings, totaling 214 yards from scrimmage.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Raiders -1.5, O/U 46.5

ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (3-4): Tampa Bay will be without All-Pro left guard Carl Nicks, who was placed on injured reserve with a toe injury. Nicks has been an anchor of the offensive line and is the second guard the Bucs have lost for the season. The loss of Nicks comes at the worst time as Freeman and the Tampa Bay offense had finally gotten untracked. The Buccaneers are averaging 34 points over the past three games.

ABOUT THE RAIDERS (3-4): Darren McFadden rushed for a season-high 114 yards in Oakland’s 26-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs last week. The Raiders rushed for 95 of their 135 yards in the final 15 minutes to put the game away. Oakland also limited Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles to just four yards on five carries while improving to 11th in the NFL against the run. Oakland is 6-1 in regular-season action against the Bucs and has beaten Tampa Bay four straight times at home.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Tampa Bay traded troubled CB Aqib Talib and a seventh-round draft pick to New England on Thursday for a fourth-round selection..

2. Oakland WR Denarius Moore has scored in three straight games.

3. Oakland RB Mike Goodson came out of the Chiefs game with turf toe. He is questionable for Tampa Bay.

PREDICTION: Raiders 24, Buccaneers 21

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Paradise, Nevada, USA.
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Last Injuries

Las Vegas Raiders

  • Henry Ruggs III

    Knee
    day-to-day | questionable

    Ruggs III was absent from the lineup during the last game due with injuries to his left knee and hamstring. It is undetermined if he will participate in Week 4 versus the Bills.

  • Bryan Edwards

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Edwards departed the last game due to a right ankle injury, and it remains to be seen if he will take the field Week 4 against the Bills.

  • Rico Gafford

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Gafford left the previous game due to a hamstring injury, and his status for Week 4 versus the Bills is in question.

  • Daniel Ross

    Foot
    day-to-day | questionable

    Ross was lifted from the previous game with a foot injury, and it has yet to be established if he will play against the Bills during Week 4.

  • Nick Kwiatkoski

    Pectoral
    day-to-day | questionable

    Kwiatkoski has sat out the previous two games with a pectoral injury, it is unknown if he will return against the Bills in Week 4.

  • Sam Young

    Groin
    day-to-day | questionable

    Young has missed the past two games due to a groin injury, and it is unclear if he will line up Week 4 against the Bills.

  • Damon Arnette

    Thumb
    day-to-day | questionable

    Arnette exited the previous game due to a right thumb injury, and there is no indication if he will be in the lineup Week 4 versus the Bills.

  • Trent Brown

    Calf
    day-to-day | questionable

    Brown has been held out of the last two games with a calf injury, and it is uncertain if he will draw back into the lineup Week 4 versus the Bills.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Justin Watson

    Shoulder
    day-to-day | questionable

    Watson missed the last game due to a shoulder injury, and it is unclear if he will take the field against the Chargers in Week 4.

  • Sean Murphy-Bunting

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Bunting left the last game due to a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will be active Week 4 versus the Chargers.

  • Chris Godwin

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Godwin exited the previous game due to a right hamstring injury, and his status for Week 4 versus the Chargers is in question.

  • Donovan Smith

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smith is nursing a knee injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will line up Sunday against the Broncos.

  • Parnell Motley

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Motley has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, but he is projected to be available Sunday against the Broncos.

  • Jason Pierre-Paul

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Pierre-Paul is dealing with a knee injury, but it is expected that he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Broncos.

  • Scotty Miller

    Hip
    Prob Sun | probable

    Miller has hip and groin injuries, but he is likely to line up for Sunday's matchup versus the Broncos.

  • Chris Godwin

    Concussion
    Prob Sun | probable

    Godwin sat out the previous game as he is going through the concussion protocol, but he is expected to suit up against the Broncos on Sunday.