The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a surprising 2-1 on the road this season. Will Jameis Winston and company improve to 3-1 away from home this week against the San Francisco 49ers?
Most oddsmakers have the Bucs as a 2-point favorite vs. the Niners. All 22 is not convinced by the betting lines. Tampa Bay is on upset alert this week.
Here are three reasons why All 22 believes the 49ers could pull off the upset against the Buccaneers:
The 49ers can’t play much worse than last week’s 45-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Usually, when teams get blown out they will put up a better performance the next week. Unless the team is just flat out bad.
The 49ers could very well be the worst team in the NFL, but the Bucs aren’t too far in front of the talent-deprived Niners.
The Niners dusted the cobwebs off Kaepernick last week against Buffalo. Kaepernick played OK in spurts. However, the 49ers played awful in totality.
Kaepernick should be more consistent this week after passing for 187 yards and a touchdown, and running for 66 yards against the Bills. A rusty Kaepernick is still the 49ers’ best playmaker on offense, especially with running back Carlos Hyde on the shelf with an ankle injury.
With Hyde out, we expect Kaepernick to familiarize himself with Jeremy Kerley and Torrey Smith through the air, and utilize his legs on the ground.
Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson
Tampa Bay will play Sunday without two of their top-four playmakers on offense.
Martin, who has played only two games this season, is out with a hamstring injury. The team announced there is no timetable for his return. Without the fifth-year running back, Tampa Bay’s ground game has been nonexistent. The Buccaneers rank 29th in the league in rushing.
News on Tampa Bay’s passing attack doesn’t get much better. Winston lost his second most-reliable receiver for the year. The Bucs placed Jackson on injured reserve this week with an ACL injury. Donteea Dye and Adam Humphries will be asked to pick up the slack in Jackson’s absence. Those two players are unproven on the outside. Tampa Bay’s only trustworthy wideout is Mike Evans for the foreseeable future.
Tampa Bay is on upset alert!