TAMPA BAY (3-4) At OAKLAND (3-4)Sunday, 4:05 p.m., FOXOPENING LINE - Raiders by 1 12RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tampa Bay 4-2-1; Oakland 3-4SERIES RECORD - Raiders lead 6-2AP PRO32 RANKING - Buccaneers No. 19; Raiders No. 25LAST MEETING - Raiders beat Bucs 31-24, Dec. 28, 2008LAST WEEK - Bucs beat Vikings 36-17; Raiders beat Chiefs 26-16STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Raiders won last two meetings between teams since losing Super Bowl following 2002 season. Only three players remain from that Super Bowl: Tampa Bay S Ronde Barber and Oakland K Sebastian Janikowski and P Shane Lechler. ... Oakland facing third straight opponent with extra rest. Raiders beat Jacksonville and Kansas City off byes. Tampa Bay coming off Thursday game. ... Tampa Bay seeking franchise-record fourth straight game with at least 28 points. ... Bucs QB Josh Freeman nine TD passes and one INT last three games. ... Tampa Bay WR Vincent Jackson has TD catch in four of last five games vs. Raiders. ... Bucs allowing 3.5 ypc, third best in NFL. ... Oakland QB Carson Palmer thrown for at least 200 yards in franchise-record 13 straight games. ... Raiders scored in last 2 minutes of first half in all seven games. They have 33 points in final 2 minutes and 35 in first 28. ... Raiders WR Denarius Moore has TD catch in three straight games. Last Oakland player with four straight Tim Brown in 2001. ... Raiders scored TDs on 34.8 percent of trips to red zone, second worst in NFL. ... Oakland RB Darren McFadden coming off season-high 114 yards rushing vs. Chiefs.
PHOENIX – The Raiders hope to play the next three years in the Bay Area before moving to Las Vegas. They were approved to relocate on Monday at the NFL owners meetings, but can’t leave right away because Las Vegas doesn’t have a suitable temporary NFL venue.
The Raiders have team options on one-year leases to play at Oakland Coliseum during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and are expected to do exactly that. Owner Mark Davis said he’s open to negotiating a lease to play the 2019 season there as well before moving into new Vegas digs in 2020.
The Oakland Coliseum authority may not grant that request.
"I would say to you with the highest level of confidence, my opinion and recommendation and that of my board members, I don’t believe there is any appetite for a third season (in Oakland),” director of the Oakland Coliseum joint powers authority Scott McKibben told USA Today.
McKibben said hosting a Raiders game is a financial loss for the JPA.
If the Raiders can’t reach an agreement to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2019, they have other options in the Bay Area, though none is ideal. They could play at Cal’s Memorial Stadium or use Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as a last resort in the Bay Area, sources told CSN California reporter Scott Bair.
They could renovate UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium – locker room and security upgrades are mandatory – though the Raiders would prefer to avoid that route.
PHOENIX – Raiders edge rusher Aldon Smith has been banished from the NFL for over 16 months now as a repeat offender of the league’s substance abuse policy.
Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t ruled on Smith’s reinstatement application and it’s hard to imagine movement coming soon on that front after a pair of recent run-ins with the law.
He was reportedly involved in a domestic incident and was questioned by San Francisco police last month. Then he was a passenger in a vehicle that hit an unmarked police car on March 10, an incident where the driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Smith seemed out of sorts when interviewed by media after emerging from a San Francisco police station.
Smith’s banishment states he can’t have contact with Raiders personnel outside the director of player engagement, a stipulation head coach Jack Del Rio has criticized in the past.
He did so again Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, saying it’s unfortunate the organization can’t support Smith during difficult times.
“It’s a little bit frustrating to not be able to be a part of the process,” Del Rio said. “My feel is that I could help him, but the experts know. The experts don’t allow that. We have to follow the rules.
“It does get frustrating to not be able to help a young man and provide support and provide structure. Somebody else has to make those decisions. It’s just out of my hands.”
The Raiders can’t petition for greater involvement, and are therefore in a wait-and-see mode regarding their troubled, yet talented player.
“He has to get himself together,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “(Smith’s status) is totally on the league office. They know more than what we know.”