The San Francisco 49ers will try it again with Jimmy Garoppolo, and for their first test this year, they will be up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who will be guided by a new head coach. The 49ers are +380 to win the NFC West, while the Bucs are +2000 to win the NFC South.
Betting Preview for the San Francisco 49ers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Regular Season Week 1 Game on September 8, 2019
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
When: Sunday, September 8, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the San Francisco 49ers (0-0)
After missing almost all of 2018 due to a torn ACL, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will finally be playing football again. Garoppolo bombed out in his return to action in the preseason but bounced back right after to quiet some of his naysayers. With Garoppolo out, the Niners’ offense got stuck in neutral in 2018, averaging just 21.4 points per game and 360.6 total yards per contests. Garoppolo will have some new weapons this year. Among them is former Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman, who’ll be giving the Niners and additional option in their backfield. Coleman is very much familiar with head coach Kyle Shanahan’s system, as Shanahan formerly worked with Coleman in Atlanta. Shanahan, however, is listed No. 2 on the depth chart behind Matt Breida. San Francisco’s defense could make plenty of noise. The Niners acquired Dee Ford via a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs and used a No. 2 overall pick to get Nick Bosa in this year’s NFL Draft. Those will be a problem for Tampa Bay’s offensive line.
The over is 2-0 in San Francisco’s last two road games.
Betting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)
Bruce Arians is back in the NFL to coach the Bucs after coming out of retirement. Perhaps he is all the Bucs need to unlock the full potential of Jameis Winston, who missed the first three games of 2018 finished that season with 2,992 passing yards and 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. DeSean Jackson is gone in Tampa, but that should only open up an opportunity for Chris Godwin to further shine. Godwin is expected to break out this year after getting capped last season primarily by Jackson’s presence. Apart from Godwin, Winston will also still have incredibly talented wide receiver Mike Evans and promising tight end O.J. Howard. But can the Bucs protect Winston? If the preseason was any indication, it seems that Winston will have to make quicker decisions in the pocket, as the Bucs’ offensive line allowed 15 sacks in four preseason games this year.
The Bucs are 3-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last four home games.
The 49ers win, 29-24.
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