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COVID-filled bye week behind Raiders, as they prepare for Buccaneers

In the midst of the team’s bye week, the Las Vegas Raiders dealt with everything aside from rest.

A coronavirus scare forced a change in schedule for the Raiders unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

Offensive lineman Trent Brown was placed on the reserve/COVID list on Wednesday.

A move that forced Vegas to practice without an offensive line Wednesday and Thursday due to possible contact with Brown.

That decision was something that quarterback Derek Carr admitted he had never seen before.

The seven-year pro has 11 touchdowns passes on the season to just one interception, completing __ percent of his passes for 1,442 yards.

Carr and his offense are expected to be without rookie wide receiver Bryan Edwards, who hasn’t played since Sept. 27 against the New England Patriots with an ankle injury.

On the other hand, eight different players have recorded at least one touchdown on the season.

Whenever Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady is matched up with the mind of Las Vegas head coach Jon Gruden on the other side of the field, history is always revisited.

On January 19, 2002 the a playoff game in the divisional round would live to be known as the “Tuck Rule Game.”

In the fourth quarter, Raider defensive back Charles Woodson sacked then New England-quarterback Brady appearing to force a fumble.

The ruling on the field was overturned, claiming Brady’s arm was moving forward thus resulting in an incomplete pass.

If the call had stayed the same, many believe the game was locked up for the Raiders.

New England went on to tie the game and eventually beat the then-Oakland Raiders in overtime.

The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl that season.

This offseason, Brady opted to leave the only team he’s ever played for and joined the Buccaneers.

In his 20th season at the age of 43, Brady has the Bucs with a 4-2 record after beating the Green Bay Packers last week, 38-10.

Ironically enough, Gruden moved over to Tampa Bay, winning the Super Bowl the following year.

In seven seasons, Gruden posted a 57-55 overall record, including going 3-2 in the playoffs.

He lost his only matchup with Brady as Buccaneers’ head coach, 28-0.

Vegas will travel to Cleveland next week while Tampa Bay will travel to New York to play the Giants on Monday Night Football.

All-Time Stats

The Raiders lead the all-time series against the Buccaneers 7-3, winning three of the last four meetings.

Last meeting: 10/30/16 - Raiders won 30-24 in overtime.

Carr is 1-1 all-time against Tampa Bay.

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