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San Francisco 49ers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 10/23/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) at San Francisco 49ers (1-5)
Date & Time Sunday October 23, 2016, 4:05 PM (EDT)
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The Line: San Francisco 49ers +2 -- Over/Under: 47
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NFL | Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) at San Francisco 49ers (1-5)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers square off in a NFC NFL matchup Sunday afternoon at Levi's Stadium.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could use another big road victory to get back to a .500 record. Five of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last eight victories have come on the road. Jameis Winston is completing 58.5 percent of his passes for 1,327 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. Winston has one or less touchdown passes in seven of his last 11 games. Mike Evans and Adam Humphries have combined for 665 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Cameron Brate has 17 receptions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ground game is averaging 88.6 yards per contest, and Jacquizz Rodgers leads the way with 170 yards on 43 carries. Defensively, Tampa Bay is allowing 28.4 points and 366.2 yards per game. Kwon Alexander leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 43 tackles, Gerald McCoy has two sacks and Brent Grimes has one interception.

The San Francisco 49ers are desperate to get a big victory in order to snap a rough five-game losing streak. Five of the San Francisco 49ers last six victoris have come on their home field. Colin Kaepernick is completing 44.8 percent of his passes for 187 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Kaepernick has seven touchdown passes on his last 273 pass attempts. Jeremy Kerley and Torrey Smith have combined for 769 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Quinton Patton has 16 receptions. The San Francisco 49ers ground game is averaging 123.3 yards per contest, and Carlos Hyde leads the way with 429 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, San Francisco is allowing 30.8 points and 389.8 yards per game. Antoine Bethea leads the San Francisco 49ers with 39 tackles, DeForest Buckner has two sacks and Nick Bellore has one interception.

The Buccaneers are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The 49ers are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Buccaneers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in San Francisco and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings overall. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had success on the road going back to last season and have had an extra week to prepare for this contest fresh off a bye week. Even with the better quarterback in Kaepernick running the 49ers offense, San Francisco simply isn't a good football team and has a defense that's allowing 174.3 rushing yards per game, which is head and shoulders the most in the NFL. A rested Buccaneers squad should have their way with the 49ers in this game, as that San Fran defense is struggling big time without linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

Tampa Bay and the small line is a solid bet for week 7. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers -2

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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