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Each week, our own Ronnie Lane will share his thoughts on the upcoming Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. This week, Lane dives into the Bucs-49ers matchup from Raymond James Stadium, which can be heard locally on WDAE 620am/95.3fm and WFUS 103.5fm, with the Auto Owners Insurance Pre-Game Show hosted by Ronnie Lane and Anthony Becht beginning at 10:30am.
By Ronnie Lane
Welcome to The Bucs Lane for the San Francisco 49ers game! It's going to be a very tough game today for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are looking to make it four in a row at Raymond James Stadium.
Tha Bucs obviously have won four of their last five games and the arrow is pointing up , but this afternoon they take on the 49ers, the defending NFC champs. San Francisco is beginning to round into playoff form; they have Michael Crabtree back, they have Frank Gore, they have Vernon Davis, they have weapons galore and will be a tall task for the Buccaneers defense to pull off something like they did last week.
The Tampa Bay defense was unbelievable last week with seven sacks, four interceptions, recovered a muffed punt - it would be nice to duplicate that performance today against the 49ers, I just don't see it happening.
Colin Kaepernick has been playing better as of late, and as I said before, the Niners are rounding themselves into championship form.
But there is hope for the Bucs.
If they can run the ball with Bobby Raiiney and if the defense can lockdown, play disciplined, assignment football, they have a shot. They have to force some interceptions and turnovers - something the Bucs have been very good at doing all season. But will it continue today? That is the question.
Will it continue against Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers? My guess is no, but I've been wrong before and I could be wrong again today.
Something tells me this defense is feeling it. If you listen to the player clips from the week, they're talking about how the defense is finally playing together, playing as one unit. We saw what happens when they do that - last week against Buffalo, for example, when they got E.J. Manuel to the ground seven times and made four picks.
I'm not looking for that kind of production like we saw last week, just a little of that. Let's say they're a plus-three in the turnover margin this afternoon against San Francisco, the Bucs will have a good shot to win the ballgame,
The key is Bobby Rainey. He has to be running and clicking on all cylinders with the offensive line.
The way I see it - All in all, I think it's too tall of a task for the Buccaneers to get the job done today. I like San Francisco 27, Tampa Bay 21.
That's it for The Bucs Lane, thanks for reading.