Tampa Bay At San Francisco NFL Winning Favorites

Posted by Henry Watkins on Thursday,October 20, 2016 4:43, EST in

When a team is struggling in the early part of the season, they will do all that they can to find some sort of positive sign that they are starting to head in the right direction. That may be a little easier for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers than for the San Francisco 49ers. The Bucs are coming off a big win against the Carolina Panthers last week, and have now won a pair of road games this season. The 49ers have now lost 5 in a row, but can perhaps take some solace in the fact that Colin Kaepernick looked pretty solid in his first start of the season versus the Bills last weekend. These are a pair of teams who look destined to be on the outside looking in when the postseason rolls around, but with the NFC South not exactly going as anyone expected this season, the Buccaneers may feel that they have a shot to get back in the mix with another win on the road. Tampa Bay comes into this one as a 2.5-point online betting favorite.

Analyzing The Tampa Bay Buccaneers At San Francisco 49ers NFL Winning Favorites

When: Sunday, October 23 at 4:05 PM EST
Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara
TV: FOX
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
NFL Odds: TBA

 

 

Why bet on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The key to Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning this season would appear to hinge on how well they protect the football. In their two wins so far this year, they turned it over just once, while their three losses saw them turn the football over 10 times. It’s not really rocket science, as we all know that the team that wins the turnover battle is usually the one that wins the game. The Bucs defense got the ball away from the Panthers 4 times last week, and will be looking to put some pressure on Kaepernick, who has been known to be a little error prone. The Buccaneers have never really had much joy in San Francisco, and haven’t won there since 1980, but that may change this weekend.

Why bet on the San Francisco 49ers

Yes, the 49ers got blown out again last weekend versus Buffalo, but it has to be said that they looked a little more composed on offense with Kaepernick under center. That of course doesn’t do them any good of the defense cannot make a stop, which is essentially what happened against the Bills. A season that stated with a lot of promise with a Week 1 win has fallen apart very quickly. The 49ers have now lost 5 straight, and have failed to cover the spread in any of those defeats. It already looks as though the 49ers season is over, but a loss this weekend may well be the final nail in the coffin.

 

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

We have a pair of similar QB’s going head to head this weekend, but you have to feel that it’s Jameis Winston who is the more poised of the two. If he plays as well as he did against Carolina last weekend, this one isn’t close.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 San Francisco 49ers 17