Who was the MVP of the Bucs' Monday Night Football victory? Total votes: 597
Michael Bennett: 12 percent
Preston Parker: 6 percent
Mike Williams: 1 percent
By the numbers
3-23 Bucs' regular-season record in California (wins came against San Francisco in 1980 and 2010 and San Diego in 1996)
2-11 Bucs' regular-season record in San Francisco
3 Turnovers committed by the 49ers this season, fewest in the NFL
279 Rushing yards for the Bucs' LeGarrette Blount over the past three weeks, third most in the NFL during that span
11-4 49ers' record since 2007 when Frank Gore rushes for more than 100 yards
14-29 49ers' record since 2007 when Frank Gore rushes for fewer than 100 yards
What they're saying
Tampa Bay just finds a way to win, and Monday night, it was behind the shoulder pads of RB LeGarrette Blount. This offense has yet to put together a complete game, yet they are still 3-1. The defensive line looks like a unit that boasts the Bucs' top two draft picks from the last two drafts.
Brian Billick Fox Sports
They can improve to 4-1 with a win against the 49ers. That might not be a problem. Down the road, however, this team eventually will run into trouble.
Bob McManaman Arizona Republic
The most encouraging thing about the win over the Colts Monday night? The impact of the young defensive line with ends Michael Bennett and Adrian Clayborn and tackles Gerald McCoy (particularly disruptive) and Brian Price spending lots of time in the Indy backfield. Watch the quick throws by Alex Smith this week, men. Bucs, 26-19.
Peter King Sports Illustrated
This is, suddenly, a huge game. Both teams are 3-1. The Bucs are playing on a short week, coming off a Monday night game, and must now travel west. That's tough. The 49ers are home after two weeks on the road. The Bucs will want to run LeGarrette Blount, but the 49ers have been good against the run. Add it all up, and I see the 49ers winning by a touchdown. 49ers, 21-14.
Pete Prisco CBS Sportsline
Which one of these 3-1 teams is for real? The 49ers get the edge because they're at home and the Buccaneers are traveling cross-country on a short week after barely surviving against the Colts. 49ers, 20-17.
Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times
Bucs at 49ers
4 p.m., Candlestick Park, San Francisco
TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5 FM
Line/over-under: 49ers by 3; 41½
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6||Week 7||Week 9||Week 10||Week 11||Week 12||Week 13||Week 14||Week 15||Week 16||Week 17|
Lions 27, Bucs 20
Bucs 24 Vikings 20
Bucs 16, Falcons 13
Bucs 24, Colts 17
4:05 p.m. today, Ch. 13
4:15 p.m. Oct. 16, Ch. 13 *
1 p.m. Oct. 23, Ch. 13
1 p.m. Nov. 6, 1 p.m.
1 p.m. Nov. 13, Ch. 10 *
1 p.m. Nov. 20, Ch. 13
1 p.m. Nov. 27, Ch. 13
1 p.m. Dec. 4, Ch. 13 *
1 p.m. Dec. 11, Ch. 13
8:20 p.m. Dec. 17, NFL *
1 p.m. Dec. 24, Ch. 13
1 p.m. Jan. 1, Ch. 13
LeGarrette Blount: 64 percent
Josh Freeman 17 percent