San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 9/8/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 3:25 PM (Raymond James Stadium)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -1 -- O/U: 50.5
The San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet in week 1 NFL action from Raymond James Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The San Francisco 49ers will look to bounce back after failing to run the table in the preseason, finishing with a preseason mark of 3-1 after a 27-24 loss in their preseason finale to the Los Angeles Chargers. C.J. Beathard threw for 58 yards and a touchdown on 6 of 9 passing while Wilton Speight threw for 51 yards and a pair of interceptions on 6 of 13 passing. Jeff Wilson Jr. rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown with his 20 carries while Austin Walter added 46 rushing yards and a touchdown. Kendrick Bourne’s lone reception went for a team-high 21 yards and a touchdown while Nick Williams and Malik Henry each had 2 catches for 20 yards. Defensively, Jeremiah Valoaga had a team-high 6 tackles and a pair of sacks while Mark Nzeocha and Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles had an interception and Dre Greenlawn ad a sack of his own in the defeat.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did the opposite of the 49ers, finishing with a 3-1 record, but winning their final three preseason games including a 17-15 victory over Dallas last time out. Ryan Griffin threw for 92 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions on 9 of 11 passing while Vincent Testaverde had 41 yards and a pick on 4 of 8 passing. Bruce Anderson III led the Bucs with 70 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while Andre Ellington had a team-high 34 receiving yards and Tanner Hudson had Tampa Bay’s lone receiving touchdown in the win. Defensively, the Buccaneers combined for 4 sacks, an interception and a pair of forced fumbles, one of which was recovered, while Emmanuel Smith led the Bucs with 6 tackles in the winning effort.
San Francisco is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 week 1 matchups. Tampa Bay is 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the NFC while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. San Francisco is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Tampa Bay.
I honestly think both of these teams are going to be better than how they finished last season, but as far as this game goes, it’s hard for me to feel good about San Francisco without knowing how Jimmy Garoppolo really feels with this being his first real-time game action since tearing his ACL last season. Tampa Bay is one of the more underrated home environments in the NFL, and San Francisco wasn’t great on the road to begin with last season. I just think that Tampa Bay has fewer question marks, so I’ll lay the point with the Buccaneers to start the season with a victory here.