Buccaneers vs 49ers Odds 2011 NFL Predictions Week 5: The 3-1 Buccaneers are in San Francisco, California this weekend ready to square off against the NFC West leading 49ers at Candlestick Park. The game, which marks the second time these two non-division rivals have faced each other in less than a year's time, is scheduled for a 4:05pm ET kickoff on FOX. NFL odds makers are favoring San Francisco in the contest at -3 against the spread. Get a head start on your 2011 NFL Predictions by getting the latest Buccaneers vs 49ers Odds right now.
The Niners did not have a prayer last week, they were simply in Philadelphia to help the 'dream team' get itself right. San Francisco veered from the script, though, stunning the Eagles 24-23 at Lincoln Financial Field to improve to 3-1 on the season.
The game was anything but a thing of beauty for the 49ers, which trailed Philly 23-2 early in the third quarter. San Francisco's defense yielded 23 first downs and 513 yards to the Eagles, but the Niners overcame Philadelphia's offensive effort by forcing three turnovers and posting 442 yards of their own.
Alex Smith, who has turned into an asset under the direction of new Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, was instrumental in the comeback, completing 21-of-33 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns. Frank Gore also made himself a factor, leaving his early season struggles behind with a 15 carry, 127 yard, one touchdown performance. Get $50 in Free NFL Picks Here.
Gore, who intimated the Eagles quit in the fourth quarter of last weekend's game, and the Niners can expect a wire-to-wire challenge from Tampa Bay this afternoon. The Bucs are coming off a sloppy 24-17 win over the Colts on Monday night, but one thing this team has proven with Josh Freeman under center is that it never gives up.
The Bucs dominated last year's meeting between these two teams, beating the Niners 21-0 at Candlestick Park. San Francisco turned the ball over twice and accumulated just 189 yards of offense; however, this 49ers team appears to have more resolve than the Mike Singletary led version. Tampa Bay's ability to rally and San Francisco's newfound moxie make this game one of the most intriguing on the board, but it also makes it one of the more difficult games to call.
Buccaneers vs 49ers Odds 2011 NFL Predictions Week 5: Provided by JustBet.cx
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3 (-115), Over 41.5 (-110), +125 (Moneyline)
San Francisco 49ers -3 (-105), Under 41.5 (-110), -145 (Moneyline)