Soon, Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay will start their quest for a Lombardi Trophy repeat. The quest won’t be easy. No team has repeated as Super Bowl Champions since the New England Patriots in 2004 and 2005. The good news for Tampa? Tom Brady was the quarterback for those Super Bowl winning Patriot teams. What are the chances of Brady and the Bucs repeating their NFL title victory in 2022? Check out an analysis of the Buccaneers’ schedule, an NFL odds analysis, and the two factors most important to Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl repeat.
NFL Betting – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Calendar Odds & Analysis For the 2021-22 Season
2021 NFL Season: Buccaneers Appear Poised for Super Bowl Repeat
- When: Sep. 9, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Schedule & Odds Analysis
- Odds to win Super Bowl 56: +550
Where does the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ schedule land in terms of difficulty?
After winning the Super Bowl, you’re not supposed to land one of the easiest schedules in the league. Only four teams, the Cowboys, Falcons, and Eagles, have an easier schedule than the Buccaneers.
It’s not the NFL’s fault. The NFC South, Tampa, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Carolina, play the NFC East and AFC East this season. That part of the schedule is determined on a rolling basis.
Check out the teams in the NFC East and AFC East.
- Dallas Cowboys
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Washington Football Team
- New York Giants
- Buffalo Bills
- Miami Dolphins
- New York Jets
- New England Patriots
The Buccaneers could sweep all eight opponents. Buffalo and Miami should pose a threat, but outside of those two teams, no squad on the list should beat Tampa Bay.
What are some of the key games on the Buccaneers’ schedule?
The Bucs aren’t fighting to make the playoffs. Not even New Orleans, who won the NFC South in 2020, is a real threat. Because Tampa should win their division, the important games are the once versus other conference foes.
NFC games should determine whether the Buccaneers land homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
- vs. Dallas Cowboys – Sep. 9
- at Los Angeles Rams – Sep. 26
- at Philadelphia Eagles – Oct. 14
- vs. Chicago Bears – Oct. 24
- at Washington Football Team – Nov. 14
- vs. New York Giants Nov. 22
Two key factors to Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl quest
The first is Tom Brady’s health. On June 8, Brady was a full participant at Tampa Bay’s first mini-camp practice. His surgically repaired knee sure looked okay.
But when it comes to an over 40-year-old signal-caller, looks can be deceiving. Brady did lead the Buccaneers to their first Super Bowl victory since 2003, but Terrific Tom didn’t play that well during the playoffs.
Brady completed 18-of-33 in the playoff victory over New Orleans. The Bucs’ quarterback threw 3 interceptions in the win over the Packers.
The second factor, and this is something almost every team in the NFL struggles with, is depth. The starting eleven on offense and starting eleven on defense are as solid as it gets. But after the starters, injuries could make depth an issue.
Are the current Super Bowl odds on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fair or unfair?
The Bucs are an underlay at +550. Or Tampa Bay is an overlay at +550. It depends on how you look at it.
No team has repeated as Super Bowl Champions since the 2004 and 2005 seasons. If you believe in the long running trend, Tampa Bay shouldn’t win the 2022 Super Bowl.
On the flip side, though, the Bucs’ chief NFC South rival, the New Orleans Saints, must break in a new quarterback after Drew Brees retired. So Tampa should easily win their division.
If injuries don’t derail the Bucs, and Brady doesn’t suffer a skills depreciation, Tampa may grab homefield advantage, making the Buccaneers an overlay at +550.
NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers Calendar Analysis In 2020
Thanks to the arrival of living legend Tom Brady – and a new collective mindset that came along with his acquisition – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking for nothing less than to wrap their hands around the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy once the 2020 NFL regular season gets underway. Whether you like Tampa Bay’s chances of improving on their 7-9 mark from a year ago to win it all or believe they could come up short in their quest for Super Bowl success, you’re going to find out what likely lies ahead for ‘Tom Terrific’ and company over the course of the 2020 NFL campaign.
Tampa Bay ranked a stellar third in total offense, first in passing (302.8 ypg), 24th in rushing (95.1 ypg) and impressive fourth in scoring last season (28.6 ppg) and that was with former franchise quarterback Jameis Winston throwing a league-leading 30 interceptions to virtually cancel out his 33 TD tosses. Second-year running back Ronald Jones II led the team in rushing with 724 yards. Third-year wide receiver Chris Godwin had a team-high 1,333 receiving yards and three-time Pro Bowl wideout Mike Evans recorded his sixth straight 1,000-yard receiving campaign.
On defense, the Bucs were outstanding in finishing first against the run (73.8 ypg), but awful against the pass in finishing 30th by allowing 343.9 yards per game through the air. The Bucs finished a predictable 15th in total defense, but a discouraging 29th in points allowed (28.1 ppg). Veteran linebacker Shaquil Barrett racked up a team-high 19.5 sacks while rookie cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting had a team-high three interceptions.
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