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49ers take on the Bucs on a NFC matchup

If you are looking to make some NFL Betting picks this weekend than the game for you comes from Candlestick Park. Can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue on their surprising run towards the playoffs?

That is right, just one game out of first place in their division, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just continue to win football games, and now find themselves right in the midst of the NFC playoff chase. They are a young team, but one that gets more confident with every win.

One man that epitomizes this team is quarterback Josh Freeman. Looking at his stats, you would have no idea that he was the starting quarterback on a team three games above .500, but that is exactly what he is. On the season, the second-year signal-caller from Kansas State is completing 60 percent of his passes, and he has thrown 12 touchdowns, and seems to be getting better every week. Against Carolina last Sunday he had one of his best performances of 2010, throwing for 241 yards and two touchdowns, without getting intercepted once.

On the other side of the football, the San Francisco 49ers come into the week of NFL Sports Betting having won their second win in a row, which, considering that they started the year 1-5, is a turn around. And the difference has been their new quarterback Troy Smith.

No one was quite sure what to make of Smith when he got his first start of the season a few weeks back against Denver, but he has proven effective. Like Freeman his numbers do not jump out at you, but he is coming off one of the best games of his career last Sunday. Against St. Louis he threw for 356 yards and a touchdown in the win, with running back Frank Gore adding 87 yards and an additional touchdown on the ground.

So with both quarterbacks entering the NFL Sports Betting weekend playing solidly, what this game will come down to is the defense. And the edge here has to go to Tampa Bay.

Just like the offense, the Buccaneers numbers don’t jump out at you: They rank 22nd in the league in total offense (354 yards per game) and 21st in scoring defense (23 points per game). But the one thing that they are able to do, is capitalize on other quarterbacks mistakes. Cornerback Aqib Talib is second in the NFL with five interceptions and Ronde Barber and Cody Grimm have two each. The key to a Tampa win Sunday will be for the Tampa Bay secondary to force the young Troy Smith into mistakes.

Those defensive backs have been the difference in the season, and expect them to be the difference Sunday. Look for Tampa Bay to limit Gore and the running game, and force Smith to beat him, something he may struggle to do.

They are not conventional, and they do not always win pretty, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do keep winning.

This Sunday will be no different. Take them as your NFL Sports Betting pick!

NFL Sports Betting Pick: Tampa Bay +3

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