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On Sunday it’s for real: previewing the 49ers vs. the Buccaneers

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September 06, 2019 - 10:02 am

By Charlie O @Charlieo1320

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The auditions and rehearsals are over. Many good men have been shown the door and some have played their last game in the National Football League. The 53-man rosters have been set. The first official game of the season was played on Thursday night. This is “go time”. At 1:25 PM PDT (4:25 EDT), the 2019 season kicks off for the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Both teams were here last November

The 49ers played the Bucs at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on November 25, 2018. The Bucs came out on top that day as they beat the Niners 27-9. The teams will look very different this Sunday than they did last November:

  • Bruce Arians was talking football on TV last season and this week he will make his debut as the head coach of the Bucs.
  • Jimmy Garoppolo was rehabbing his ACL injury when the teams met last year. Everyone is anxious to see how he performs in actual game conditions.
  • Ndamukong Suh will make his debut for Tampa Bay. Suh has 56 sacks which is third-most among active defensive tackles in the NFL.
  • RB Tevin Coleman makes his first regular season start for the 49ers in this contest. Coleman racked up 1,076 yards of offense for the Falcons in 2018.
  • San Francisco is hopeful that their number one draft pick – defensive end Nick Bosa – will be able to play against the Bucs on Sunday. He has been recovering from an ankle injury.

Who to watch in the game on Sunday

For the Buccaneers:

  • QB Jameis Winston: this is the make it or break it season for Winston. If he succeeds, it will mean a contract worth $100-plus million next year. If he fails, he will be looking for a new team. Winston passed for 2,922 yards and had a 90.2 QB rating over 11 games in 2018.
  • RB Peyton Barber: he was the team’s leading rusher last season with 871 yards. Barber had a rushing TD versus the Niners in last year’s game.
  • WR Mike Evans: he ranked third in the NFL with a franchise-record 1,524 yards in 2018.
  • LB Lavonte David: he led the Bucs with 120 tackles, and it was his sixth season with 100-plus tackles.

For the 49ers:

  • RB Matt Breida: he had 1,075 total scrimmage yards last season with three rushing and two receiving touchdowns. Breida averaged 5.3 yards per attempt last season.
  • TE George Kittle: he recorded 1,377 receiving yards in 2018, the most by a TE in NFL history. Kittle ranked third among TE with 88 catches.
  • WR Dante Pettis: the receiver tied for the team lead with five TD catches last season. He had 77 receiving yards and one TD versus Tampa Bay last year.
  • DT Deforest Buckner: he led the team in sacks with 12 in 2018. He recorded one against the Bucs.
  • CB Richard Sherman: he has 32 career interceptions which is tied for second most among active players.

Weather could be the 49ers enemy

If you have never been to Florida, the weather is hard to explain. The temperature at game time is projected to be 92-degrees with the humidity at about 60-percent. That means the “real feel” temperature will be 102-degrees. Just think of taking a shower and not being able dry off when you’re finished. That’s what is like to be in that kind of heat and humidity.

The 49ers will have to hydrate and substitute liberally in order to deal with the Florida environment. Of course, the Bucs have been dealing with it all preseason, so they are used to it.

Injury updates from Thursday

49ers

  • DL Nick Bosa (ankle) limited participation in practice
  • DL Dee Ford (knee) full participation in practice
  • WR Jalen Hurd (back) did not practice
  • WR Dante Pettis (groin) full participation in practice
  • C Weston Richburg (knee) limited participation in practice
  • WR Trent Taylor (foot) did not practice
  • CB K’Waun Williams (knee) limited participation in practice
  • DB Jimmie Ward (hand) did not practice

Bucs

  • TE Antony Auclair (calf) full participation in practice
  • OLB Devante Bond (hamstring) limited participation in practice
  • TE Cameron Brate (calf) full participation in practice
  • ILB Lavonte David (knee) full participation in practice
  • S Mike Edwards (hamstring) full participation in practice
  • QB Blaine Gabbert (left shoulder) did not practice
  • OLB Demone Harris (illness) full participation in practice
  • OLB Anthony Nelson (knee) full participation in practice
  • DL Vita Vea (knee) full participation in practice

Info for investors (for entertainment purposes only!)

These numbers are from the Westgate Superbook and were posted on September 5 at 10:19 PM. Remember that these lines move as more money is wagered on a game. Keep checking websites for the latest odds.

  • Money Line: Tampa Bay -120 San Francisco +120
  • Point Spread: it’s a You Pick ‘Em!
  • Over/Under: 51.0

ESPN 1320 is your official 49ers station in Sacramento. The pregame show will begin at 12:25 PM with the kickoff scheduled for 1:25 PM.

It’s our turn on Sunday-- #GoNiners x #SFvsTB

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