With the NFL season quick approaching and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers amongst legit Super Bowl contenders, it’s simple to neglect simply what transpired this offseason in Tampa Bay.
First, quarterback Tom Brady retired. Then he was again, however head coach Bruce Arians was out, changed by former Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles (who has not been very profitable as an NFL head coach). Oh, and tight finish Rob Gronkowski has mentioned he’s carried out for good, no matter that’s price.
All of that’s only a pretext for a season that can be Brady’s final within the NFL. The Bucs are nonetheless a critical contender to get again to the Super Bowl (and win it), however they aren’t actually anybody’s favourite proper now, particularly in an NFC the place the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers may be higher than they had been a season in the past.
Nobody is anticipating a drop-off, however it’s onerous to see how Tampa has closed the hole between itself and the highest groups within the NFL. The Bucs’ win complete is excessive as a result of they’re proficient — and so they play in a weak division.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers win totals
Over 11.5 (+105)
Under 11.5 (-125)
Best Bet: Over 11.5
I used to be just a little stunned on the pricing of those propositions. I didn’t suppose the over facet can be the higher worth. Are you actually going to fade a motivated “Brady Bunch” towards their schedule?
The Bucs begin the season with back-to-back street video games, however they need to nonetheless be capable to get off to an excellent begin, as they are going to be favored towards Dallas and New Orleans.
That begin is adopted by three straight residence video games, and that sample of two on the street after which three at house is repeated over the primary half of the season.
That first stretch of residence video games is hard with Green Bay and Kansas City back-to-back (then Atlanta). Getting these video games at residence appears to be like good for the Bucs to point out they’re a contender early.
The subsequent set of street video games is at Pittsburgh and Carolina, each very winnable, and the next set of residence video games is simply too, excluding a contest towards the Super Bowl Champion Rams. Los Angeles eradicated the Bucs from the playoffs final season, so the sport can be extremely anticipated. The recreation after is a possible letdown spot however the staff will actually be in hassle in the event that they lose to Seattle.
The Buccaneers have their bye in Week 11, and after that, the schedule shouldn’t be too taxing. The following week, they must go to Cleveland, nevertheless it appears to be like like they aren’t going to be making ready for Deshaun Watson, so they may get the Browns in a clumsy spot.
They additionally play all three of their division mates once more, which ought to result in three extra wins. As lengthy as Brady continues to be a grasp of his powers, they may have an opportunity to win away at Arizona and San Francisco, and at residence towards Cincinnati.
The division they’re in is what makes this win complete possible as Brady makes his farewell tour by the league. If you needed to pay a premium for it, I would look the opposite manner however not with that payoff. Tampa would possibly end the yr with the most effective file within the NFC.