Bucs vs. 49ers
1 p.m., Raymond James Stadium
TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5-FM, 95.3-FM
Line/over-under: 49ers by 5; 41
With just one game separating the No. 2 and No. 9 overall picks with three games remaining, does the Bucs' recent hot streak have you excited or worried?
Excited, the Bucs are showing some promise: 43 percent
Worried, the Bucs are in danger of losing a high pick: 29 percent
Have mixed feelings: 28 percent
By the numbers
5-16 Bucs' record against the 49ers, including a 31-6 division playoff victory on Jan. 12, 2003
12 Points per game allowed by the 49ers during their current three-game win streak
86.4 Passer rating of the Bucs' Mike Glennon
87.0 Passer rating of the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick
116 Tackles by Bucs linebacker Lavonte David, fifth in the NFL
What they're saying
Give Greg Schiano a lot of credit for the way he got his team to turn things around late in the season. But Mike Glennon is going to struggle against a tough 49ers defense.
Michael David Smith profootballtalk.com
The Bucs are in position to make teams cringe, and this is a prime opportunity to derail a playoff-bound opponent. This is a trap game supreme after the 49ers held off the rival Seahawks at home and then unleashed a fair amount of trash talk afterward. Take Tampa lightly at your own peril.
Jason La Canfora CBS Sports
Voters (for NFL defensive player of the year) generally favor players on teams with winning records. There also is the fact that Lavonte David isn't that well known outside of Tampa Bay. But if Greg Schiano and the Bucs keep talking about David, the voters might start to listen.
Pat Yasinskas ESPN.com
How'd you like to be the No. 3-seeded NFC East champ (either Philly or Dallas), finish maybe 9-7 or 10-6 and draw a first-round playoff visit from the No. 6-seeded 49ers, who are merely the defending NFC champions and could wind up, at maybe 12-4, representing one of the strongest No. 6s in recent memory? 49ers, 31-24.
Don Banks Sports Illustrated
This is one of those be-careful games for the 49ers. It's a long trip after playing a physical game against the Seahawks. The Bucs are also getting better. San Francisco will win this game, but I look for a tough, physical battle. It's close. 49ers, 24-21.
Pete Prisco CBS Sports
What once appeared to be a cakewalk for the Niners becomes a tougher task. Tough enough for the Niners to stumble. If coach Jim Harbaugh thought last week's win over the Seahawks was a 31/2-hour root canal, he'll think this week's game is a 31/2-hour encounter at the bottom of the pile with Steelers center Cody Wallace. Bucs, 17-16.
Mike Florio profootballtalk.com
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