Looking at the NFL odds, we see San Francisco is favored by five points. The 49ers have gone 9-4 both straight up and against the spread. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers are 4-9 SU and 6-7 ATS.
The UNDER has been profitable for both teams so far and this weekend we find the O/U ranging from 41 to 41.5.
San Francisco 49ers
After consecutive losses to Carolina and New Orleans, the 49ers have recovered to put up a three-game winning streak. They topped Washington (27-6), St. Louis (23-13) and then Seattle (19-17) last week.
San Francisco's showdown with Seattle was much anticipated and it ended up being as close as many would have expected. The 49ers got the last laugh though with a last-second Phil Dawson field goal.
Colin Kaepernick didn't have the best of games, logging 175 passing yards with one touchdown against one interception. He also ran for 31 yards. Frank Gore was the most effective back of the game, running 17 times for 110 yards, while Anquan Boldin finished with a game-high 93 receiving yards.
Jim Harbaugh's team won this game on the defensive side of the ball though. That's nothing new for these guys. The 49ers rank fourth in total defense and they showcased it against a very talented Russell Wilson in Week 14.
The 49ers will next try to get the job done on the road. They come in with 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS records on the road and will be looking to add to those tallies this Sunday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers have really turned the corner. It seemed all they needed was the confidence of one win.
Since that victory over Miami, Tampa Bay has continued the good play. They've now won four of their last five games, while covering in four of those five matchups. They've beaten the Dolphins, Falcons, Lions and Bills.
Last week's triumph over Buffalo was as dominant as can be and it all started with Bobby Rainey's 80-yard touchdown run in the first minute. From there, Ryan Lindell added two field goals and Vincent Jackson and Timothy Wright each caught touchdown passes.
Mike Glennon didn't have the most productive of outings – he was 9-of-25 for 90 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Rainey set the tone early and continued to run hard. He finished with 22 rushes for 127 yards and a score. Brian Leonard added seven rushes for 26 yards.
Can the Buccaneers keep it going at home? They're 3-4 straight up and are 4-3 against the spread at Raymond James Stadium this season.
We've loved the fight the Buccaneers have shown recently, but they're likely to finally meet their match this weekend.
Tampa Bay's wins haven't come over the best of opposition – their only victory against a solid team came in late November at Detroit. Other than that they've beaten up on underachieving teams like Atlanta, Miami and Buffalo.
As for the 49ers, they've been excellent on the road and we just don't think that's going to change in Week 15. As long as San Francisco doesn't lay a dud, they should be able to execute well enough on both sides of the ball to cover. We'll choose to add the 49ers to our Week 15 NFL picks, assuming they keep it rolling after last week's huge win.
Pick: San Francisco 49ers -5