The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl odds did an about-face when Tom Brady unretired earlier this offseason.
The defending NFC South Champions went from a mid-range option up to +750, the second-best on the board becoming a popular team when it comes to NFL betting.
Brady is undoubtedly the catalyst on offense, but don’t forget about the Bucs’ defense, which finished in the top half of the league in opponent points per game and total defense. The Bucs brass tinkered in the offseason, bringing in several complementary pieces and giving Tampa Bay the best chance to win with Brady.
Tom Brady led all QBs in Top 2 finishes, Top 5 finishes, Top 10 finishes, passing yards and passing TD in 2021.
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— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 15, 2022
Brady has defied every natural law by playing into his age 45 season, and protecting him is the top priority. The Buccaneers made sure of such by re-signing a couple of key players on their offensive line this past offseason.
Back are Aaron Stinnie and Pro Bowler Ryan Jensen, anchoring an offensive line that allowed the second-fewest sacks in the league in 2021. Although an injury to Jensen casts doubt on the effectiveness of the line, Tristan Wirfs, Shaq Mason, and Donovan Smith will be ready to pick up the slack.
Extending Brady’s time in the pocket this season is analogous to milking every snap of his career. With the core nucleus surrounding him, the Bucs’ third-ranked total offense from last year will be back with a vengeance.
As shown last season, the run game is nothing more than a distraction from Brady’s lethal arm. Still, the pass and run games worked harmoniously, creating an irrepressible juggernaut on offense.
Mike Evans was the leading wide receiver last year, representing the Buccaneers in the Pro Bowl and besting the team with 14 touchdowns. Chris Godwin was the Goose to Evans’s Maverick and was Brady’s favorite target despite playing fewer games than the Pro Bowler.
Godwin paced the team with 127 targets, 98 receptions, 1,103 yards, and 78.8 yards per game. Evans and Godwin form one of the best receiver duos in the league and could soar even higher with Brady back at the helm.
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Five NFC teams are priced at +1800 or better, with the Buccaneers leading the way at +750. You’d be right for wanting to avoid one of the top options in the futures market, but you’d be wrong for dismissing the Bucs’ chances.
Brady shocked the football world, captaining Tampa Bay to the Super Bowl in 2020. A reinvigorated quarterback with young offensive talent and a well-built offensive line give the Bucs their best chance of proving naysayers wrong again.
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