49ers vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 Predictions, Preview & Betting Tips
We have 49ers vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 Predictions for the Sunday September 8 game held at Raymond James Stadium.
Two teams quickly trying to put a dismal 2018 behind them will meet up in Week 1, as the San Francisco 49ers pay a visit to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 EST on Sunday, September 8 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The betting line for this game is even, so it’s a straight-up PK with an over/under of 49 points.
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San Francisco 49ers Form
Only a couple of years ago, San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan was considered by many to be the next star head coach. Things haven’t gone according to plan, as the 49ers are 10-22 over his first two seasons.
However, Shanahan can hardly be blamed for the team’s problems the last two seasons, and after collection a few wins during the preseason, things may be about to turn around in San Francisco.
Of course, it all starts with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback. He led the 49ers to five straight wins to close out the 2017 season, only to suffer a season-ending injury in Week 3 last season, derailing San Francisco’s season.
With Garoppolo coming back healthy, there is hope that the 49ers can finally pick up where they left off at the end of 2017. While the 49ers have a young group of receivers around Garoppolo, there’s no doubting the talent of players like Dante Pettis, Deebo Samuel, and Jalen Hurd.
San Francisco also has a proven stable of running backs in Tevin Coleman, Matt Brieda, and Jerrick McKinnon. All three are capable runners and great at catching passes out of the backfield, taking a lot of the pressure off Garoppolo.
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On the defensive side of the ball, the 49ers traded for Dee Ford and drafted Nick Bosa this year in hopes of dramatically improving their pass rush. Those two should be a nice complement to a strong interior with the likes of Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner.
The 49ers also have Richard Sherman to lead their secondary, so the defense should be in better shape than it was in 2018.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Form
The Buccaneers had enough of head coach Dirk Koetter after a 5-11 campaign in 2018 that included losses in eight of their last 10 games. But instead of trying to find the next great young coach, Tampa turned to an old classic, hiring Bruce Arians as their new head coach.
Just one year after retiring, Arians got back into coaching and will try to mold a Tampa Bay team that has a lot of promising pieces into a playoff contender.
On offense, it’s all about what the Bucs get out of quarterback Jameis Winston. He’s appeared to regress over the past two seasons, and his suspension to start the 2018 season didn’t help matters.
The good news is that the Bucs know that Winston is talented and capable of putting up big numbers. He’s also familiar with most of his targets, most notably Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, O.J. Howard, and Cameron Brate.
However, instead of getting better production and fewer turnovers from Winston, the Bucs also need to wake up a rushing attack that was one of the worst in the NFL last season.
If Tampa can run the ball better, it’ll help take some pressure off Winston.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Buccaneers have brought in former Jets coach Todd Bowles to fix their problems. However, there could be some growing pains, as the Bucs are transitioning to a 3-4 defense that will ask corners Carlton Davis and Vernon Hargreaves to play more press coverage.
Tampa Bay will also have to wait and see how their front-7 personnel adjusts to the new scheme.
The question is whether the team’s outside pass rushers can adjust and put consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks to help protect corners playing press coverage.
49ers vs. Buccaneers Betting Trends
- Buccaneers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Buccaneers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC.
- 49ers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games.
- 49ers are 1-7 ATS in thier last 8 vs. NFC.
- Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay.
49ers vs Buccaneers head-to-head
These two teams got together in Week 11 of last season with the Bucs prevailing at home 27-9. The Bucs took the lead early in the game and never looked back, as the San Francisco offense never got going and turned the ball over twice.
Now the 49ers have to make the cross-country trip to begin the 2019 campaign with hopes of a different outcome.
49ers vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 Predictions
This game is tough to call because both teams had obvious flaw last season but enter 2019 with plenty of optimism. Usually, the Buccaneers would gain a clear advantage from playing a west coast team at home. But, the late kickoff time helps to mitigate that.
Ultimately, Garoppolo is a little more reliable than Winston, and that’s why the smart play is to take the 49ers to win on the road.
49ers vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 Predictions: 49ers +1 (-105) @ BetOnline.
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49ers vs. Buccaneers is being played on Sunday, September 8, 2019.
What time is 49ers vs. Buccaneers?
49ers vs. Buccaneers is being played at 4:25pm EST.
Where is 49ers vs. Buccaneers being played?
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa.