My 3 keys to the game
1. Lock down Vincent Jackson. Their entire offense really revolves around him. He's got over 1,000 yards receiving, nobody else has more than 400. Shut him down and their offense will struggle to move the ball.
2. Pass protection and blitz recognition. Tampa Bay will blitz a lot, from every direction. 49ers have to be prepared for that, the offensive line has to man up, Kaepernick has to be diligent when making his pre-snap reads, the playcalling has to emphasize quick strikes, not long dropbacks. Kaepernick has to be aware of their linebackers roaming the middle of the field, they like to blitz with DB's and drop the LB's into coverage, yesterday their defense intercepted EJ Manuel 4 times and 3 came from the LB's. There is also Revis Island to deal with.
3. Passing offense has to come alive. Tampa Bay is VERY good against the run, their passing defense is worse than average. 49ers have to make plays all over the field. I would like to see more 3 and 4 WR looks against this defense, spread them out and force them to keep guys back, their base 4 man pass rush doesn't really scare anyone as long as McCoy is kept in check.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Dec 9, 2013 at 12:29 PM ]