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Raiders vs. Buccaneers: Oakland opens as slim favorite

While the Oakland Raiders opened as slim favorites against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, some betting services have the game labeled as a toss-up.

Peter Aiken

The Oakland Raiders opened as 1.5-point favorites against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week, according to OddsShark.com, but some betting services have the line as a complete toss-up.

Tampa Bay is 3-0 against the spread in road games this season, and both teams are 3-2 against the spread in their last five outings.

While the Bucs put up more points than the Raiders and also give up less, Oakland's home field advantage makes the difference razor thin.

Oakland (3-4) has gotten itself together after a 1-4 start to the season, winning its last two games thanks in large part to a defense that has solidified over the last three games. The Raiders defeated the Kansas City Chiefs last week, 26-16.

Tampa Bay (3-4) is coming off a strong victory in Minnesota against the Vikings. The victory snapped a nine-game road losing streak. Quarterback Josh Freeman led the charge in the 36-17 victory with three touchdown passes and 262 passing yards.