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49ersHub Picks: Who Do We Think Will Win Against Tampa Bay?

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Week 11 is finally here! Last week saw some crazy games happening around the league, and even the Thanksgiving games got pretty crazy!  This week the 49ers have a tough challenge with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers! How do we think the game will go? Read on and find out!


Zach Pratt (@Mezachp) (7-3)

Another disappointing, close loss that likely would have been different if the star 49ers were healthy.  In what may be the last winnable game on the schedule, the 49ers get to travel across the country after a bye week (and a Thanksgiving meal) to square off against Tampa Bay.  The Bucs have been great on offense, and just as bad on defense.  Sadly, I think the offense is enough to give this one to the Creamsicles.  However, if I get to see them wear those beautiful pastel-orange uniforms, then we all win.  Those are some of the best throwbacks out there.  Don't @ me.  By the way, do you know how much corn costs in Tampa Bay?  I heard it was a buck an ear, but I can't be sure...

PREDICTION: Bucs 31, 49ers 28


Will Cuberos (@wcuberos) (5-5)

In what might be considered the last “winnable” game on the 49ers schedule, they travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers. The Sunday match-up features the two teams at the bottom of the turnover rankings, the 49ers are a blistering -15 in turnover ratio, but not to be outdone, the Bucs come in dead last in the NFL at -23. Kyle Shanahan announced Friday that Pierre Gaçon and Joshua Garnett and that Reuben Foster is listed as questionable. Nick Mullens and Matt Breida have a chance to get going as Tampa fields the 26th ranked defense in the NFL, and they’ll be missing two starters at safety and linebacker. I think the 49ers pick up their first, and probably only, road win of the year this week, and leave Tampa with a smile and little bit of tan.

PREDICTION: 49ers 28 Bucs 17


Bret Rumbeck (@brumbeck) (5-5)

Among a paper plate of authentic Silva’s Taco Truck tacos, plane travel and taking over turkey cooking duty is a past-deadline prediction. 

There is little that excites me about a match-up betwixt the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  It’s going to be a sloppy, undiciplined football game, which is fine if that’s you’re thing.  I am back to not trusting the 49ers’ secondary, so I’m hesitant to pick the good guys this week.  Hopefully I’m proven wrong. 

PREDICTION: 49ers: 23 Tampa Bay: 28


Jay Moore (Jay_Moore49) (10-0)

No film study or prep at all. BDN throws 2 TDS to Kittle and Breida goes off.

PREDICTION: Niners win 28-24


Travis Hawkins (@TDHawk21) (6-4)

For the fourth week in a row the 49ers have what should be a winnable game when they travel to Tampa to take on the Buccaneers. The Buccaneers are 3-7 on the season and feature one of the worst defenses in the NFL, giving up the 5th most yards per game (395.9) and the most points per game (32.9). The Tampa Bay offense is the polar opposite of it’s defense, leading the NFL in passing yards per game (361.0) and total yards per game (458.5). The Achilles heel for Tampa Bay has been turnovers, throwing a league high 23 interceptions and posting a league worst minus 23 turnover margin. Unfortunately for the 49ers they have not been able to cause many turnovers this year. This game will come down to which of these teams can break out of their molds and create a turnover or two. All signs point to a high scoring, but close game and until the 49ers show that they can win a close one, I can’t in good conscience pick them to win.

PREDICTION: Bucs 33 49ers 30


Matthew Barr (@MattBarr_) (6-4)

Coming out of the bye, the 49ers look to take advantage of their cellar mate in the turnover differential department. Jameis Winston gets the start as the Bucs continue to flip flop on who lines up under center. A healthy Matt Breida leads the offense on his way to another 100 yard outing. Kittle logs his 4th and 5th scores of the year. Richard Sherman finally gets his first interception in red and gold as the 49ers roll.

PREDICTION: 49ers 31, Bucs 20


Travis Rapp (@Coach_RappCity) (6-4)

After the Mullen’s offense was brought back to earth and Saleh’s defense was proven to not have found the pass rush answer, they get the 3-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Shanahan said the rest of the season would be used to evaluate. Players like Jimmie Ward. Arik Armstead, and Pierre Garçon will have a lot to play for. With the Bucs poor pass defense, Mullens goes bananas, like 300 and 4 TDs crazy. Yeah he throws a pick but who cares at this point. Breida goes for 150 yards and two TDs combined in the air and on the ground. The defense does just enough after DeSean Jackson burns them for a long TD and struggling to cover Mike Evans in the Red Zone.

PREDICTION: 49ers win in a shootout, 38-27


Max Carlson (@MrFrizzleFry) (6-3-1)

As I’ve mentioned nearly all year in my gambling articles, the Buccaneers are an incredibly difficult team to bet on due to their QB carousel and up and down play. We’ve seen them amass over 500 yards of offense, while only scoring 3 points, which is absolutely mind boggling.

Both of these teams are at the very bottom of the pack in turnover differential, and how that stat plays out in this contest will likely be the deciding factor.

I’m predicting a Tampa Bay win, as I don’t see the 49ers being able to contain Mike Evans. I’d imagine he’ll line up on the opposite side of the field as Sherman as often as possible which will set the stage for one of Akhello Witherspoon’s biggest tests of his young career.

PREDICTION: Tampa Bay 35, San Francisco 24


Matt Woolsey (@AresGodFF) (5-5)

49ers vs Bucs: A Tale of Two defenses, well actually the lack thereof. So which offense wins? The offense led by BDN Mullens or the offense led by the quarterback carousel from Tampa Bay. Give me the offense led by BDN. Mullens played pretty good before the bye. And since he is going up against a bunch of pirates worthy of a toddler's party, I'm expecting big things from him.

PREDICTION: Niners win 28-24


Shelly Holt (@HoltBlogSports) (8-2)

This week’s prediction is honestly one of the hardest for me since the start of the season.  Both teams have their issues and are the two worst teams in turnover differential.  But, it all comes down to quarterback play for me in this one.  Nick Mullens needs to keep his wits about him during his first road game and outperform Jameis Winston who has shown to be interception prone.  In my mind, I still think the Niners are the better team on paper and have more of a will to win.  I’m also banking on Shanahan exploiting Tampa Bay’s terrible pass defense and propensity to make penalties.  San Francisco’s defense should and could get their third interception against Winston (or Fitzpatrick) on Sunday.  I like the 49ers to beat this east coast team and they’ll need this win too, with a tough stretch against better opponents the rest of the season. 

PREDICTION:  49ers 30, Buccaneers 24


Kevin Molina (@KevinAMolina) (6-3-1)

Going into the bye Head Coach Kyle Shanahan sent a message to the team, players and coaches, that the final 6 games of the season would be a proving ground for everyone in terms of who will or won’t be with the team after this season. Publicly everyone acknowledged that the message was well received and there is a sense that they will bring their best effort into the final stretch of the season. The first test will be their last trip out of the west coast as they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs are a team that are hanging by a thread and are likely to see a massive overhaul of their organization. They are coming off of a terrible loss against the New York Giants and are making another QB change as Jameis Winston will start in place of Ryan Fitzpatrick. This week they lost their stud TE OJ Howard and while they have elite level offensive talent they are so inconsistent that there is no way to gauge the effort they will bring game to game. Defensively they might be the worst defense in the league and have little hope of changing that without major moves in the offseason. This bodes well for Nick Mullens who will be starting his 3rd consecutive game. While Mullens is under center the offense will center around Matt Breida and George Kittle, who are on pace to exceed 1,000 yards on the season.  This is a game where you have a group that plays hard every week even with major injuries and major deficiencies even in a lost season playing a team with a ton of talent that is likely to get their Head Coach fired and has mentally checked out While on paper TB should win easily the effort and desire of the 49ers should win out

PREDICTION: 49ers 34 Buccaneers 27


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