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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Pick & Prediction OCT 25TH 2020

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Twitter was buzzing on Wednesday morning when news broke that both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski weren't practicing for the NFC South leading Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


But head coach Bruce Arians made it clear afterward there was nothing for Bucs' fans to fear heading into Sunday night's game at Las Vegas.


"Yeah, it's just a vet day," Arians said. "(Brady) and Gronk both. It's just that time of year that we just need to rest them up."


The 43-year-old Brady was not sacked during Tampa Bay's 38-10 drubbing of Green Bay on Sunday when he completed 17 of 27 passes for 166 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Gronkowski, who has a shoulder injury, caught five passes for 78 yards, including his first touchdown reception for the Bucs.


The trip to Las Vegas begins a stretch of three consecutive prime-time games for Tampa Bay (4-2), which includes a Monday Night Football contest at New York against the Giants followed by another Sunday night game at home against the New Orleans Saints.


"It's an honor to be on the national games, and I think our guys are embracing it," Arians said.


Although it turned out the news that Brady and Gronkowski missing practice on Wednesday was no cause for alarm, what followed a few hours later out of the Raiders practice facility in Henderson, Nev., potentially was.


Right tackle Trent Brown, who practiced Monday after the team returned from its bye week, tested positive for COVID-19, and Las Vegas head coach Jon Gruden said the rest of the starting offensive line -- left tackle Kolton Miller, left guard Denzelle Good, center Rodney Hudson and right guard Gabe Jackson -- as well as starting safety Johnathan Abram, were all sent home as part of contact tracing.


"I guess they were around Trent," Gruden said. "I can't get into things any more than that. But hopefully we'll get some players back (Thursday), or for Sunday."


The NFL mandates a five-day isolation and negative PCR tests each day after contact with a COVID-19 positive individual before returning to the club facility.


The other offensive linemen on the 53-man roster include tackles Sam Young and Brandon Parker, guards John Simpson and Patrick Omameh and center Andre James.


"We're listening to the league and they're advising us on what to do," Gruden said. "We used other linemen and adjusted practice. We'll have five (offensive linemen) on Sunday. We'll be ready to go."


The timing couldn't be worse for the Raiders (3-2), who may be using their fair share of backups on the offensive line against a Tampa Bay defense that ranks first in the NFL in total yards allowed per game (282.0) and rushing defense (64.3), and second in sacks (22).


The blitzing Buccaneers sacked Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers four times and hit him 11 more times while holding him to just 16 of 35 passing for 160 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions and a passer rating of 35.4.


"I applaud them for what they did Sunday to Aaron Rodgers because he is a real man," Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp told "You don't throw him for a 35 quarterback rating very often."


Cornerback Keisean Nixon (groin) and wide receiver Bryan Edwards (foot/ankle) were other Raiders who didn't practice on Wednesday while running back Leonard Fournette (ankle), who sat out the Green Bay victory, was a full participant for Tampa Bay.


--Field Level Media


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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score and moved past Drew Brees into the NFL's top spot for career touchdown passes as the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers cruised to a 45-20 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday afternoon.

Brady, who has thrown 559 TD passes in his career, moved past Brees (558) with a 1-yard pass to rookie Tyler Johnson with 3:08 remaining to seal the victory. Brady completed 33 of 45 passes for 369 yards and no interceptions.

Chris Godwin caught nine passes for 88 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown pass with 7:22 remaining that made it 31-20, and Scotty Miller caught six passes for a career-high 109 yards and a touchdown for the Buccaneers. Rob Gronkowski caught five passes for 62 yards and a touchdown, and Leonard Fournette, back after missing three games with an ankle injury, returned to rush for a game-high 50 yards on 11 carries and also caught six passes for 47 yards.

Derek Carr, making his 100th career start, completed 24-of-36 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns and an interception while Daniel Carlson connected on field goals of 42 and 36 yards for Las Vegas (3-3). Nelson Agholor caught five passes for 107 yards and a touchdown for the Raiders, who managed just 76 yards rushing.

Tampa Bay (5-2) built a 24-10 lead in the third quarter after a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Brady, his 24th career rushing TD, in the second period and touchdown passes of 5 yards to Gronkowski in the second and 33 yards to Miller in the second, along with a 29-yard field goal by Ryan Succop in the third.

But Las Vegas closed to 24-20 after a 1-yard touchdown pass from Carr to Darren Waller in the third period and a 36-yard field goal by Carlson with 12:43 to play.

The Buccaneers then broke the game open with two touchdowns in the span of 42 seconds. The first came on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Godwin to cap an 11-play, 67-yard drive. The second game on a 1-yard run by Ronald Jones II two plays after rookie Antoine Winfield Jr. intercepted Carr at the Las Vegas 24.

--Field Level Media

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