49ers-Buccaneers Preview Capsule
SAN FRANCISCO (2-8) at TAMPA BAY (3-7)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 5
RECORD VS. SPREAD - San Francisco 3-7, Tampa Bay 3-6-1
SERIES RECORD - San Francisco leads 17-6
LAST MEETING - Buccaneers beat 49ers 34-17, Oct. 23, 2016
LAST WEEK - 49ers bye, lost to Giants 27-23 on Nov. 12; Buccaneers lost to Giants 38-35
AP PRO32 RANKING - 49ers No. 30, Buccaneers No. 27
49ERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (3), PASS (21).
49ERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (13), PASS (15).
BUCCANEERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (27), PASS (1).
BUCCANEERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (19), PASS (28).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — 49ers have won four of past six regular-season games between teams. Tampa Bay won only playoff meeting 31-6 in 2002. ... 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan began pro coaching career as offensive quality control coach for Buccaneers from 2004-05. General manager John Lynch spent first 11 years of playing career with Tampa Bay. ... 49ers QB Nick Mullens has thrown for 512 pass yards with four touchdowns vs. two interceptions in two career starts. ... 49ers RB Matt Breida averages NFL-leading 5.59 yards per rush. ... 49ers TE George Kittle had career-best nine receptions for 83 yards against Giants two weeks ago. He has 13 catches for 191 yards and one TD in his past two games. ... Since entering NFL in 2011, 49ers CB Richard Sherman is only player with at least 30 interceptions (32) and 100 passes defensed (103). ... Bucs QB Jameis Winston returns to starting role after being benched following four-interception performance at Cincinnati on Oct. 28. Winston led four consecutive TD drives after replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick during second half of last week’s road loss to Giants. ... Bucs RB Peyton Barber coming off rushing for career-best 106 yards against Giants. ... Bucs WR Mike Evans has five 100-yard games and five TDs receiving this season. ... Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul leads team with 9 1/2 sacks. Tampa Bay hasn’t had player finish with at least 10 since Simeon Rice in 2005. ... Fantasy tip: 49ers’ Kittle ranks second in NFL with 539 yards after catch and third among TEs with 50 receptions and 775 yards receiving. With Bucs TE O.J. Howard out after suffering season-ending ankle/foot injury last week, TE Cameron Brate’s role increases. He’s been favorite target of Winston’s and has 20 career TD catches.