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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 4 Things to Watch in Week 5 Against San Francisco
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For years, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were thought of as a team that couldn't compete on the West Coast—posting an abysmal 2-9 record when traveling to California and Seattle from 2003 to 2009.

Something changed in 2010. Maybe the mental toughness and fortitude of the team came together, cultivating a new attitude when journeying afar from Tampa.

Perhaps the team was too young or impetuous to know any better.

The Bucs defeated the the 49ers 21-0 at Candlestick Park last season and it just felt different.

Tampa Bay looked physical. Ready. And they didn't appear sluggish like they have in prior West Coast visits.

Granted, that was last year and this is a brand new San Francisco team they'll be facing this Sunday. One that runs the football until the opposition's exhausted, and plays a particularly violent brand of defense.

What do the Buccaneers have to do to develop a winning streak on the West Coast?

Here are four things to watch to help the Buccaneers succeed against San Francisco. 

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