Ahead of today’s matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers, the odds makers in Las Vegas have given the home team a slight advantage.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers open their 2019 campaign against the San Francisco 49ers today at 4:25pm after an offseason of massive overhaul across the board. Out with Dirk Koetter and in with Bruce Arians as the head coach in Tampa, and he brings with him a star studded coaching staff headlined by Todd Bowles and Byron Leftwich.
The Buccaneers also parted with long time defensive tackle and former third overall pick of the team in 2010 Gerald McCoy, and signed Ndamukong Suh to a one year deal to replace him. Devin White and Mike Edwards were drafted in April as well and are both listed as starters for today’s matchup.
Even with all of the change this offseason by the Buccaneers, they are still favored to beat the 49ers tomorrow by the odds makers in Las Vegas according to Bovada. Currently, the Buccaneers are favored to win today’s game set to take place at Raymond James Stadium with a one point advantage; betting on the pewter and red is not a worthwhile adventure as the odds are not good enough to take a risk on.
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The matchup to watch during tomorrow’s game that could make the biggest difference is between Jameis Winston and Jimmy Garoppolo. Winston is coming off of the worst year of his career, and now enters the last year of his rookie contract; he did not throw an interception all preseason, so if he keeps that up, he will see a massive payday after the season.
The second deciding factor will be the matchup against the talented 49ers’ defensive front consisting of second overall pick Nick Bosa, All-Pro DeForest Buckner, Pro Bowler Dee Ford, and former first rounders Solomon Thomas and Arik Armstead. Unfortunately for the Buccaneers, they only have one trustworthy offensive lineman along their fourth-highest paid unit in left guard Ali Marpet.
Due to the potential wildcard of Donovan Smith, Ryan Jensen, and Alex Cappa against the high powered Niners’ front four, this game will likely be as close as they come. Even though the Bucs have a slight advantage at home, it would be safer to keep money off of this game.