Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl Odds 2022
The defending Super Bowl Champions are the favorites to repeat as champions this season, and there are all sorts of reasons to buy into that potential. Perhaps most importantly, quarterback Tom Brady has shown absolutely no signs of slowing down, and he looks ready to take on the world again at age 44 and win his eighth Super Bowl. Brady has lots of help, though, as Tampa returns every important starter from last year. Tampa Bay is built to win the championship as we saw them do last year, and it’s just silly to bet against Tom Brady at this point.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Future Odds
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Defending champions don’t usually bring all of their players and coaches back. Key participants have finally climbed the mountaintop and accomplished a lifelong dream – there’s no need for a chip on the shoulder mentality or a desire to run it back. Players often go elsewhere to seek pay raises. Coaches often go elsewhere to seek promotions. Not in Tampa. Perhaps it’s a factor of the Florida climate, or perhaps Tom Brady just has gotten every player and coach on the roster to buy in, but there are no notable departures from this team.
Head coach Bruce Arians, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles return to their respective posts. Tom Brady resigned on a one-year deal, and the rest of the team followed suit as you could build a Pro Bowl squad just from the players who resigned with the Buccaneers this offseason: wide receiver Chris Godwin, linebacker Shaquil Barrett, offensive tackle Donovan Smith, linebacker Lavonte David, tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, running back Leonard Fournette, wide receiver Antonio Brown, tight end Cameron Brate, defensive tackle Steve McLendon, and even kicker Ryan Succop.
As far as new additions go, there isn’t anything overly significant to report. Running back Giovani Bernard will enter the mix with Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones while cornerback Antonio Hamilton, linebacker Joseph Jones, and safety Raven Greene provide some depth. First-round edge defender Joe Tryon has a chance to offer some rotational pass-rush value right away. At the same time, fourth-round wide receiver Jaelon Darden is a big play waiting to happen, but there aren’t a lot of opportunities for rookies to contribute to such a loaded squad. Most notable among newcomers of sorts is Vita Vea, the 6’4”, 346-lb defensive tackle who played in just five games last season. He’s at full health now and ready to wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines.
Buccaneers Odds Analysis
The Buccaneers are bested only by the Chiefs in Super Bowl odds as the reigning champions have +700 odds to repeat while Kansas City has +500 odds to lift the Lombardi Trophy. If you place a $10 bet on the Buccaneers to win the Super Bowl, you could win $70 if they win. Before last season, the Buccaneers were listed at +1000 to win the Super Bowl, so there isn’t quite the same value this year. Tampa is listed at -560 to make the playoffs, tops in the NFC, and bested only by the Chiefs at -1000. The NFC South lost a major steadying force in Drew Brees to retirement, and it would be shocking to see Tampa not come out of that group to make the playoffs.
The Buccaneers have a projected win total of 11.5; only the Chiefs are projected to win more games at 12.5. That’s an increase of a couple of games from their O/U line of 9.5 wins from last year, which they surpassed. Tampa won 11 games last year, but they had an 8-0 streak to end the year, including four wins in the regular season and four in the playoffs, all following their Week 13 Bye Week. It took some time for the new-look team to come together, mainly due to the lack of a real offseason and preseason for Tom Brady to grow accustomed to his new teammates in the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless, Brady got plenty comfortable down the stretch as the team won those final eight games by an average margin of 16 points per game. Tom Brady is listed at +1600 to win the NFL MVP this season, and I like his chances due to the sheer talent offensively on this roster – he could lead the league in passing yards and touchdowns this season.
Reasons Why Buccaneers Win Super Bowl
In the NFL, the quarterback will always be the biggest driver of whether or not a team can win the Super Bowl. That’s especially true when that quarterback is Tom Brady, who has won more than any player in NFL history. Brady could win his eighth Super Bowl this season as he has an entire offseason and preseason to continue to build chemistry with his team following a title win in his first year in Tampa Bay. Among some solid depth, Brady has a ridiculous cadre of pass-catchers to work with, including Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, and Rob Gronkowski. In addition, the three-headed monster of Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette, and Giovani Bernard will give Tampa plenty of variety and explosiveness out of the backfield.
The Buccaneers’ offense scored the third-most points in the NFL last year and could be even better this season. Tampa also featured one of the best defenses in the NFL, particularly against the run. They allowed the fewest rushing yards and the fewest rushing touchdowns despite starting defensive tackle Vita Vea missing all but five games during the regular season. Vea is a behemoth on the defensive line but has far more speed and explosiveness than you’d expect from a guy his size. Tampa’s pass defense was hit-or-miss last year, but their secondary is full of starters who are all 24 years old or younger in Sean Murphy-Bunting, Carlton Davis, Jamel Dean, Jordan Whitehead, and Antoine Winfield. Further improvement from those players could give Tampa an even more formidable pass defense this season. In addition to the presence of Tom Brady, the Buccaneers have drafted exceedingly well and are a roster loaded with talent everywhere.
Reason Why Buccaneers Don’t Win Super Bowl
The Buccaneers are genuinely a rare NFL team with no weaknesses. I’m struggling to find something to write about here. Not even their schedule stands in their way – they have the fourth-easiest schedule in the NFL, with their opponents having a combined 2020 win percentage of .465. The rest of the NFC South is hard to bet on – the Saints have a significant question mark at quarterback following Drew Brees’s retirement, the Falcons had one of the worst defenses in the league last year, and the Panthers are one of the youngest teams in the NFL.
I suppose I could bring up the age of Brady as the main reason the Bucs may not repeat as Super Bowl champions, but I refuse to call for the end of Brady – he’s proven time and again that he is the exception to the “father time is undefeated” line of thinking. I bet on the Buccaneers to win the Super Bowl before the season last year, and man, I might just have to do it again.
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