The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, and the oddsmakers have no clue which team is more likely to win. Various bookies are offering odds between -1 and +1, which doesn’t exactly paint a clear picture. Apparently, either team is more or less equally likely to win this game.
One interesting point for the Bucs is that this suggests they’re the better team by a slim margin, as they’re the away team. Counterpoint: the Bucs have actually been better on the road than at home ever since Jon Gruden was fired.
Of course, the Bucs don’t just want to be better than just the 49ers, who aren’t enjoying a terrific season, what with a 1-5 record and a depleted roster. They want to be one of the better teams in the NFL, or at least their own division.
If the Bucs do manage to beat the 49ers, they would end up walking away with a 3-3 record, 2-0 in their division, 3-1 in the conference, and could be just a game out of the division lead — provided the Atlanta Falcons lose to the San Diego Chargers.
Now that would be a pretty solid result and a good starting position for a run at the division title, which isn’t out of the question, especially so if the team actually starts playing some good football once the remaining injured starters return to play.