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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. San Francisco 49ers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/15/13

San Francisco 49ers (9-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9)

NFL Football: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Raymond James Stadium)

The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers +5.5 -- Over/Under: 42.5 See the Latest Odds


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Francisco 49ers face off on Sunday in Tampa Bay in NFL action.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won four of their last five games, but a horrible start to the year meant they were playing for pride early. The Bucs are clearly playing their best football of the season, but they haven’t fared as well against the more physical teams like Carolina and Seattle. Mike Glennon has completed 60.6 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions, while being sacked 27 times. Bobby Rainey has taken over in the backfield and he looks to have found a home, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and scoring four touchdowns. Vincent Jackson has 64 catches and six touchdowns and Timothy Wright has 38 catches and three touchdowns. Lavonte David leads the Tampa Bay defense with 117 tackles and 6.0 sacks, Mark Barron has 86 tackles, and Mason Foster has 73 tackles. The Buccaneers are averaging 18.8 points and 291.5 yards, while defensively they are allowing 22.4 points and 342.1 yards per game. The Buccaneers are playing for next year which they are hoping will be different than this one.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. San Francisco 49ers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/15/13

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The San Francisco 49ers control their own destiny and if they win, they are at least a Wildcard team, but they are also just a game back in the NFC West. The 49ers have had their ups and downs this season, but they are playing their best football right now. Colin Kaepernick has completed 57.2 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions and he has rushed for 407 yards and three touchdowns. Frank Gore has rushed for 931 yards and eight touchdowns. Anquan Boldin has 67 receptions and five touchdowns and Vernon Davis has 44 catches and 11 touchdowns and the Niners passing attack has been given an injection of life with the return of Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham. NaVorro Bowman has 120 tackles to lead the 49ers defense, Patrick Willis has 74 tackles, and Donte Witner has 63 tackles. The 49ers offense is averaging 24.3 points and 311.5 yards per game, while defensively they are allowing 16.5 points and their opponents are averaging 308 yards per game. The 49ers are looking to get back to the Super Bowl to avenge last year’s loss.

Tampa Bay is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games, 5-1-1 against the spread following a win, and 5-1 against the spread following a win by 14 or more points. San Francisco is 4-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 8-3 against the spread against the NFC, and 5-2 against the spread following a win. The home team has covered the point spread in seven of the last eight meetings of these two.

I like a good home underdog and I believe we have one here. While I am not sure if the Bucs can pull off the win, I like them here with points. 

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