Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Takeaways from Buccaneers vs. Raiders

A few notes from the Buccaneers' Week 8 loss to the Raiders.

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Pictures from the Buccaneers' Week 8 matchup with the Raiders.

  1. The Bucs' offense needs production from the running back position.**
    In Weeks 5 and 7, Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 100 yards in back-to-back games. With that, the Bucs' offense ran smoothly. But on Sunday, the Buccaneers couldn't really get Rodgers going. He averaged just 3.6 yards per attempt, more than a yard less than what he had been averaging this season. As Rodgers struggled to get going, so did the Bucs' passing attack. Correcting the issue will likely be at the forefront as Tampa Bay prepares to host Atlanta on Thursday.

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  1. Kwon Alexander was all over the field.**
    Sunday was the one-year anniversary of Alexander's younger brother passing away, and the linebacker tweeted prior to take the field that his performance would be in his sibling's memory. Alexander went on to record 14 tackles, all of which were solo, along with a tackle for a loss and a pass defensed in the Buccaneers' loss. Alexander's total tackles were nearly twice as many as any other Buccaneer defender.

3. Russell Shepard is taking advantage of his opportunity.
With Vincent Jackson on injured reserve, Shepard got an increased number of reps for the second week in a row. He responded to the opportunity, catching his second touchdown in as many weeks. Prior to the Bucs' Week 8 matchup with the 49ers, Shepard had just one career touchdown.

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  1. Bryan Anger's success is giving Tampa Bay an advantage.**
    Anger, who was signed by the Bucs this offseason, has quietly put together an excellent season. He averaged more than 48 yards per punt on Sunday, regularly flipping field position on Oakland. Three of his punts landed inside the Raiders' 20-yard line and his longest kick went 55 yards.

5. Penalties were a key factor.
The Raiders were penalized 23 times, which was an NFL record. They gave up a total of 200 yards due to penalties. The Bucs were able to take advantage of a few extra opportunities, with their final scoring drive being aided by several Oakland penalties. The Bucs committed six penalties, giving up just 64 yards.

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