With the NFL Playoffs kicking off this weekend, it is important to look at the odds and figure out where we should be leaning for future bets throughout the postseason.
Today, we will be dissecting the second seed in the NFC: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and discuss if they have a chance to repeat as Super Bowl Champions.
All odds are courtesy of MyBookie. Let’s start things out by looking at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers so you can plan your bets against their NFL Playoffs odds.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Postseason Betting Analysis
Odds to Win NFC (+310)
Tampa Bay has the second-best odds to win the conference, with the Green Bay Packers having better odds at +146. They defeated the Cowboys and Eagles during the regular season, and those could be the first two teams they face before the NFC Championship Game. After that, they likely will play in Lambeau Field against the Packers, and they were able to defeat them last year.
The Buccaneers are a one-sided offensive attack as their 98.4 rushing yards is 26th in the NFL. Teams in the NFC have incredible cornerback play, and having their second-best corner defend Rob Gronkowski is a lot more effective than having the fourth corner if they had their complete roster from Week 1.
Odds to Win Super Bowl (+710)
They begin with a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round, and as the second seed, they get the second-lowest seed throughout the postseason after the Packers.
They have a decent road to the Lombardi Trophy, and it is plausible to expect that to happen, especially with favorable odds to win it all once again.
Tampa is a little banged up still and officially placed Richard Sherman on Injured Reserve, so he will be out for the postseason. They also will be without wide receivers Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin, so they will be a little thin at that position outside of Mike Evans.
They do not get rest, so it will be a little difficult as they need to win four games in order to win the title with a depleted roster.
With the odds so high, I would jump on them to win the NFC and the Super Bowl. At +710, that is incredible value for a team that is leading the league in passing yards and second in points per game. Tom Brady ended up with 326 passing yards and three touchdowns against the second-ranked defense in Carolina to end the regular season.
With Shaquil Barrett and Devin White healthy to play to begin the playoffs and Lavonte David still on Injured Reserve as of this writing but expected to be activated before the NFC Wild Card game, the defense should be able to hold up.
The Bucs’ toughest road to the Super Bowl would be Philadelphia, Dallas, and on the road in Green Bay, and the Buccaneers get home field in the NFC Championship Game if Green Bay is eliminated, which would increase their odds dramatically.
Getting healthy and already having a win over the two NFC East teams in the postseason that would be their opponents in the postseason is a huge plus, and I would really expect the Lombardi Trophy to be hoisted by Tom Brady for the eighth time.