NFL betting fans are also giving the San Francisco 49ers a second look as after a disastrous start they are playing much better and providing better than expected NFL gambling value.
The San Francisco 49ers will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday with kickoff set for 4:10 PM Eastern Time. The 49ers opened as a 3 point favorite with an over/under of 41.5. This NFC matchup will be telecast on FOX.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have shown rapid improvement to become one of the unexpected playoff contenders in the NFL this year.
The Bucs are coming off a 31-16 NFL football gambling home payout over Carolina for their 3rd win in 4 games to improve to an overall record of 6-3 both straight up and against the spread with 5 of those games going over the total. The Bucs have paid out in all 4 of their road games this year with 3 of those games going over the number.
Tampa is tied for 2nd place in the NFC South with New Orleans as both teams are 1 game behind Atlanta. Tampa Bay ranks only 20th in the NFL for scoring offense and 21st for scoring defense. Josh Freeman has developed rapidly at quarterback in his 2nd year as a pro.
The San Francisco 49ers have a betting on NFL football record of 3-6 both straight up and against the spread with just 3 of their games going under the total. The 49ers are riding a 2 game winning streak as they beat St. Louis last week 23-20 although they did not get the money as 4.5 point home favorites.
The big difference has been quarterback Troy Smith, who has taken the job away from Alex Smith. Troy Smith has a phenomenal 116.0 quarterback rating compared to 75.0 for Alex Smith. Frank Gore has also been a key contributor with 778 yards rushing and a 4.2 yards per carry average.
The 49ers are just 2 games out of first place in the pathetic NFC West. The 49ers defense has settled down to now rank 16th overall in the NFL. If the Troy Smith offense can continue to improve the 49ers could yet emerge as a surprise entry in the NFL betting post season.