11.19: Maiocco's Matchups to Watch
Matt Maiocco breaks down the matchups to keep your eye on for Sunday's gigantic showdown with the Bucs.
-- Santa Clara with a forty -- are preparing to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers there -- a lot of interesting match -- on both sides of the ball let's start with Tampa's defense. To -- the 49ers off. -- Tampa Bay has not being great stopping the -- of the forty to try to pound the ball down their throats with Frank Gore. The Buccaneers will probably outer with loading up the blocks and making the 49ers -- one dimensional trying to make Troy Smith beat him in the passing game. Now Troy Smith has shown an ability to make plays down the field use five different receivers last week. Who cut sixty yards or more and passes. So he's been able to spread the ball around very well. Tampa Bay gives up some yards in the passing game but where they have excelled is being able to make plays on the football. Aqib Talib and they're blocked out quarterback will probably be matched up against Michael Crabtree now to leave as. Spite of interceptions on the season the Buccaneers are very good at making plays on the ball and when they get their hands on the ball easily come up with the interception. They've might have some opportunities on Sunday with Troy Smith Troy Smith has taken chances. Since taking over the 49ers quarterback the team is too and no choice Smith has made a lot of plays he hasn't thrown an intercepting yet he remains. Turn over hurry against the Buccaneers. The forty that's probably -- this game. On the other side of all the Buccaneers liked to run the ball there like that 49ers in that regard is -- Frank Gore running for the 49ers it's like Garrett blot. He's done a very good job leading all rookies in rushing yards there's a what you putts there no pun intended -- yard line. And Cadillac Williams like more than shifty speedy back. As opposed to -- powerful running. That's forty niners will also be facing a very good young quarterback. Josh Freeman has been very strong in his decision making he's been good getting to the line of scrimmage recognizing these cases it checking out. A bad place in into good plays. He said -- notice the courting are secondary. Reggie Smith. And Taylor made those guys have been splitting playing time next to -- on Colts at what Freeman says he's notices -- Reggie Smith has federal lateral movement. And he's better in coverage. So when Taylor Mays is out there don't be surprised at the Bucs take some shots down the field. Another factor in the game could be gogel kicking the game could be very low scoring could. Be a very tight game the 49ers and the Buccaneers combine have had nine games decided by it Google last. She -- takes over for Joe daddy might be a tough opening act this season -- managers because rain is expected at candlestick park. There's not miracle from Santa Clara be sure to check. Yes and buried dot com one hour before kick off Sunday when analyst might weekly -- dates that.