The San Francisco 49ers will try for their fourth straight win on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in what has all of sudden become a very interesting game.
After starting off the season 0-8 the Bucs have played much better and won 4 out of their last five games including victories against the Dolphins and at Detroit. Their rushing attack has gotten a lot better in recent weeks which is a surprise considering that there standout running Doug Martin, has been out since week six. Over the last five weeks, the Buccaneers have averaged 115.8 yards rushing behind Bobby Rainey and Mike James who are averaging 4.6 and 4.9 yards per carry.
Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has also played pretty well after being thrown in the proverbial fire. In 10 games this year Glennon has thrown 15 touchdowns all while completing 60 percent of his passes and could very well be the best quarterback of the the 2013 draft.
It’s the same old story for the 49ers offensively. Frank Gore will try to duplicate what he did last week and Michael Crabtree looks to continue progressing against a pretty good secondary. Last week, the 49ers receiver actually made some plays against man to man coverage which has been a rarity this season. This week they will try to win those same matchups against Darrelle Revis, Dashon Goldson and company. But like every week this season for San Francisco, it will be up the running to control the tempo of the game.
Player to watch: Michael Crabtree
This will be his third game and it will be the game where he explodes. Look for Crabtree to continue making catches, getting yards after those catches and and score his first touchdown.
Bottom Line: Getting hot at the right time
Three games. That’s what’s left this season and the 49ers find themselves in a position where they can play their best football. They are getting much healthier and Crabtree just brings the offense to another level. This is an opportunity for the 49ers to get a road win against a tough opponent and get them ready for the playoff. They’ll get it done