When San Francisco 49ers walked off the field last, they were disappointed by the New York Giants’ late touchdown drive that led to a 27-23 loss in front of their home fans.
When Tampa Bay walked off the field last, they were disappointed by a last-minute interception by the New York Giants that ended a comeback bid and led to a 38-35 loss in New York.
So, what will happen when these two teams meet in Week 12? There are a lot of variables. San Francisco will come into the game with Nick Mullens behind center. Niners coach Kyle Shanahan has seen enough of CJ Beathard to know his strengths and weaknesses. Now it is Mullens’ turn to show whether he is worthy of the QB-2 position when Jimmy Garoppolo returns next season.
Tampa Bay has turned back to Jameis Winston for Week 12. Winston led four touchdown drives to put the Buccaneers in position for a dramatic comeback victory that instead ended with an interception and another loss.
Winston replaced an ineffective Ryan Fitzpatrick who earlier replaced an ineffective Winston who was in for an ineffective Fitzpatrick who started the season covering a suspended Winston. Vegas bookies are taking bets on when Fitzpatrick next enters a game.
Injuries and notes
CJ Beathard’s injured wrist is healed enough that he is not on the 49ers injury report.
Wide receivers Pierre Garcon (knee) and Marquise Goodwin (concussion) are listed as questionable.
Linebacker Reuben Foster (knee) and safeties DJ Reed (lower body) and JacquiskiTartt (shoulder) are also questionable.
For Tampa Bay, tight end OJ Howard’s season is over after the team placed him on IR with an ankle injury.
Linebacker Kendall Beckworth will also miss this week with an ankle. Fellow linebacker Lavonte David (knee), defensive end Vinny Curry (ankle), and safety Justin Evans (toe) are all listed as questionable.
Coach Dirk Koetter’s decision to pull Fitzpatrick for Jameis Winston almost paid off Sunday, but it didn’t make his decision to start the aging veteran in the first place look any better. The Buccaneers need to make a big decision on Winston after the season. Is he a franchise quarterback or not? Starting Fitzpatrick over the young star for more than a game could end Koetter’s Buccaneers career even if the team runs the table.
Kyle Shanahan has no such concerns in San Francisco. Even in a season lost to injuries, he is making good decisions and setting the team up for better things in 2019. Luck often has something to do with being good. If Nick Mullens turns out to be a valuable quarterback, how long would it have taken to find out if Beathard didn’t hurt his wrist?
How to watch the Buccaneers-Niners game
Fox Sports will show this game in the teams’ local markets via cable, satellite, and of course… internet television. If you are among the millions of savvy Americans who already did away with expensive cable or satellite providers, you can watch this game on Sling TV.
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Who will win the Buccaneers-49ers game?
Nick Mullens played well enough to earn another start, but he wasn’t asked to do an awful lot against an awful Raiders defense or the Giants low-ranked unit. He gets another suspect defense in Tampa Bay, but the difference is that Mullens will have to score early and often to keep up with the Buccaneers prolific offense.
That’s a lot to ask of anybody, much less a quarterback playing his third career game.