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NFL Week 9 picks and predictions: Bucs predicted to beat Raiders

Tampa Bay's recent offensive surge has the Bucs as the favorite for Sunday's game against Oakland.

Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

After a recent offensive surge, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) are predicted by most experts to win Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders (3-4).

SB Nation's Joel Thorman predicts a second straight Buccaneers win:

Watch out for Tampa Bay. The Bucs playing better than you think, putting up at least four touchdowns in their last three games. Don't be surprised if this is the start of a multi-game winning streak for the Bucs, who face the Chargers and Panthers after Sunday's game in Oakland.

The pick: 30-16, Buccaneers

All four Yahoo! Sports experts are calling for a Bucs win, while CBS Sports has five of nine experts saying Tampa Bay will come out with a victory. The 14 experts at ESPN are split right down the middle.

The Bucs are coming off a 36-17 win over the Minnesota Vikings last week. Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman was solid, completing 19 of 36 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns.

Freeman is set to eclipse his numbers from last season. So far this year, Freeman has completed 55 percent of his passes for 1,800 yards and 14 touchdowns. He had 16 touchdown passes in 15 games last season.

Kickoff is set for 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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