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Game Preview: Week 11 Bucs @ 49ers

by Staff Report on November 21, 2010

The Buccaneers have won three of the last six meetings in the series, includ­ing a 31-6 playoff victory in Tampa following the 2002 season. San Fran­cisco has dominated the all-time series, winning 15 of the 18 regular season meetings. Tampa Bay’s only road win was a 24-23 victory at Candlestick Park in 1980. Tampa Bay lost 21-19 in its last visit to San Francisco in 2007. The Buccaneers defeated the 49ers 13-6 in the 1997 season opener at Hou­lihan’s Stadium. The Buccaneers captured the lone postseason meeting with the 31-6 win in a 2002 NFC Divisional playoff game on the way to their first Super Bowl title.

GAME INFORMATION
Date: Sunday, November 21, 2010
Kickoff: 4:05 p.m. ET (1:05 p.m. PT)
Site: Candlestick Park (69,732)
2010 Records: Tampa Bay 6-3, San Francisco 3-6
Network Television: FOX
Play-by-Play: Chris Myers, Analyst: Kurt Warner
Bucs Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Play-by-Play: Gene Deckerhoff, Color: Dave Moore, Sideline: T.J. Rives
Last Game: Tampa Bay defeated Carolina, 31-16; San Francisco defeated St. Louis, 23-20 (OT)

SERIES BY THE NUMBERS
Overall Regular Season Series:…………..San Francisco leads series, 15-3
Home Record vs. San Francisco 49ers:……………………………………2-4
Road Record vs. San Francisco 49ers:……………………………………1-11
Current Streak:…………………………………… 49ers, two games (2005-07)
Buccaneers Longest Streak:………………………. Two games (1997-2002)
49ers Longest Streak:…………………………………. Nine games (1983-94)
Regular Season Point Total:……………………Buccaneers 257 – 49ers 413
Most Points, Buccaneers:………………………. 35, Buccaneers 35-3 (2004)
Most Points, 49ers:……………………………………. 45, 49ers 45-21 (1993)
Most Points, both teams:……………………………. 66, 49ers 45-21 (1993)
Fewest Points, Buccaneers:………………………………3, 49ers 6-3 (1978)
Fewest Points, 49ers:…………………………….. 3, Buccaneers 35-3 (2004)
Fewest Points, both teams:………………………………9, 49ers 6-3 (1978)

Players To Watch
Legarrette Blount

Looking for a spark in the running game, the Buccaneers turned to undrafted rookie free agent RB LeGarrette Blount. After just four games in which he has seen significant action, Blount has already made an impact and ranks among the league leaders in rushing for rookie running backs.

He is currently tied for first in touchdowns (4), fourth in rushing yards (359), second in yards per carry (4.8) and first in yards per game (59.8) among rookie running backs. He also has the longest rush (48 yards) of any rookie this season.

Over his past three games he has amassed 257 rushing yards on 54 carries of an average of 4.76 per carry and three touchdowns.

Josh Freeman
This season, Freeman has been Mr. Third-Down, completing 51 of 78 pass attempts for 576 yards, one touchdown and a completion percentage of 65.4% with one interception. Of those 51 completions 30 have resulted in the Bucs picking up a first down. Freeman also currently ranks seconds in the NFC in fourth quarter passer rating (92.0) with a minimum of 30 attempts. His five interceptions are tied for the sixth fewest by any quarterback with at least 150 pass attempts this season.

This season, Freeman has lead the team to convert at least 40.0 percent of their third-down attempts in seven of the first nine games, with five consecutive to start the season. It marked the first time in franchise history the team has had five consecutive games with at least a 40.0 percent third-down conversion rate.

On the year, he currently ranks fifth in the NFC in third down passer rating and has thrown just one interception on a third down play. His legs have been just as productive on third downs, as 13 of Freeman’s 34 runs this year have come on third down, with ten of those resulting in first downs. Seven of his 13 third down scrambles have come on third-and-nine or longer. In just nine games, Freeman has already converted two third-and-11s, four third-and-fours, a third-and-one, two third-and-nine’s and a third-and-16 by running.

Mike Williams
In this year’s draft, 12 wide receivers were taken ahead of 2010 fourth-round draft pick (101st overall) WR Mike Williams. Though Williams wasn’t drafted highly, his talent and production on the field is leading some experts to consider him the “steal of the draft” and a possible Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate. Through his first eight games as a pro, Williams has already been up for NFL Rookie of the Week five times, all but one after a Buccaneers victory.

Williams currently has the sixth-most receiving yards in the NFC and 13th most in the NFL. Among rookie receivers, Williams is currently second in receptions (40), first in receiving yards (627) and first in receiving touchdowns (5). He is the only rookie in Buccaneers history to have 10+ receptions, 100+ receiving yards and 2+ touchdowns in first three games of career. He currently sits at number five for receptions by a Buccaneer rookie receiver, fourth in receiving yards, and tied with the legendary Kevin House in second place with five touchdowns as a rookie.

INJURY REPORT
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Out
DE Kyle Moore (shoulder)
Questionable
WR Sammie Stroughter (foot)
LB Quincy Black (ankle)
DT Ryan Sims (knee, toe)
T Jeremy Trueblood (knee)
Probable
TE Kellen Winslow (knee)
FB Earnest Graham (hamstring)
WR Mike Williams (not injury related)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Out
K Joe Nedney (knee)
T Joe Staley (knee)
Doubtful
CB William James (concussion)
Probable
CB Nate Clements (quadriceps)
RB Frank Gore (foot)
T Adam Snyder (shoulder)

ENEMY COACHES
49ers Head Coach: Mike Singletary
49ers Offensive Coordinator: Mike Johnson
49ers Defensive Coordinator: Greg Manusky
49ers Special Teams Coach: Kurt Schottenheimer

STATISTICAL RANKINGS:
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS OFFENSE
Overall: 22nd (327.9 ypg)
Rushing: 14th (112.9 ypg)
Passing: 19th (215.0 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 16th (18)
Points Scored: 20th (10.9 ppg)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DEFENSE
Overall: 22nd (353.8 ypg)
Rushing: 31st (143.8 ypg)
Passing: 8th (210.0 ypg)
Sacks: 32nd (8)
Points Allowed: 21st (22.9 ppg)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS OFFENSE
Overall: 23rd (327.6 ypg)
Rushing: 21st (98.6 ypg)
Passing: 16th (229.0 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 18th (19)
Points Scored: 30th (17.8 ppg)
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS DEFENSE
Overall: 16th (331.4 ypg)
Rushing: 10th (100.7 ypg)
Passing: 20th (230.8 ypg)
Sacks: 12th (20)
Points Allowed: 18th (22.0 ppg)

Buc Central’s Prognostication:
As always we are not advocating gambling based on our views of the game, especially considering we typically are inclined to make such educated guesses using are heart rather the any rational thought applied to picking. We are merely giving an opinion of who we think has the best chance at securing a victory.

BUCS 23
49ERS 17

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