The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Josh Freeman travel across the country and must prove they are an upper echelon team by beating the San Francisco 49ers on their home field November 21st. this game falls under the category of someone has to win this game.
Have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers been playing over their head this NFL season or are they a legitimate NFL Wild Card contender? Are the San Francisco 49ers that bad or have they just suffered bad luck? Each question is a complicated answer when looking into the numbers but the San Francisco 49ers are a quarterback away from winning the NFC West even after their disastrous start.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense vs San Francisco 49ers Offense
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense has been solid on the edges and although the front four on the defensive line have not tallied many sacks they are a solid unit. Aqib Talib has been the best defender on the corner and he has developed well under the tutelage of Ronde Barber on the other side of the field. Talib leads the team in picks and is now being avoided by most NFL quarterbacks.
Troy Smith is the San Francisco 49ers quarterback and it may just work for an offense that must get back to basics. Frank Gore is one of the best running backs in the NFL and the San Francisco 49ers need to find a way to get him the ball and involve the offensive line in the run. The weakness of the San Francisco 49ers is the running game’s run blocking schemes. If Gore can get a hole he can run forever. The San Francisco 49ers offense has a slight edge over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
San Francisco 49ers Defense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offense
The 3-4 defense of the San Francisco 49ers has led to a tough to read middle of the field for most NFL quarterbacks. The defense is led by Patrick Willis from the linebacker spot and he has created havoc over the middle and into the back field with blitz schemes and ever changing coverage packages. The San Francisco 49ers best defender up front on the three man line is Justin Smith who has four sacks.
Josh Freeman leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense and he has little to work with in regards to tools on this offense. Mike Williams has been a huge surprise for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the wide receiver spot and LaGarrette Blount has arrived to show signs of becoming a damaging big game running back. Kellen Winslow has yet to prove he is the man underneath although he is averaging 10 yards per catch which is admirable for a tight end in the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers defense has the edge over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs San Francisco 49ers -4: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
The M Resort in Las Vegas has made the home team San Francisco 49ers a four point favorite over the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As far as excitement, this will not be the best game of the weekend but it could be a game people will talk about after the final result has been posted. This will be a test for the San Francisco 49ers to pound the ball inside and make their mark against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that has earned respect as an improving team. Take the San Francisco 49ers -4 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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