Buccaneers Among Favorites To Win Super Bowl LV After Landing Tom Brady
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers accomplished the unexpected. Tom Brady has become the new starting QB of the Bucs in a startling move.
Tampa Bay was not amongst the favorites when the Tom Brady sweepstakes started, but the franchise pushed hard to land the six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
Of course, right away, the demand for season tickets went through the roof.
NFL Odds Movement After The Tom Brady Deal
Super Bowl LV will be in Tampa Bay during February 2021, but no team has ever played the Super Bowl in their home stadium. Tom Brady will aim for more history in his new run with the Bucs.
The New Orleans Saints are still the favorite to win the NFC South at -125, but Tampa Bay now is +200 to get the divisional title. When was the last time you saw a Tom Brady team as the underdog to win the division? It’s probably the first since 2001.
Tampa Bay was +750 to win the division before TB12 joined the franchise.
Challenging Schedule For The Bucs In 2020
Brady’s arrival to the NFC South means he gets to go against the New Orleans Saints twice a year, and thus face Drew Brees two times.
Currently, Brees has the NFL All-Time passing TD record with 547, and right behind him is Brady with 541.
Besides the divisional matchups, the 2020 Buccaneers schedule ensues Tom Brady will face Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, and Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. But also, the Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Chargers, and Los Angeles Rams.
One of the places where Tom Brady usually struggles is in Denver. The Buccaneers will face the Broncos in Denver in 2020.
Brady will not play against the Patriots in the 2020 NFL Season. Tampa Bay and New England will square off in 2021 at Gillette stadium. That should be fun.
Is Tom Brady a Good Fit in Tampa Bay?
The Buccaneers went after Tom Brady because head coach Bruce Arians got tired of Jameis Winston’s mistakes.
Winston’s decisions saw him throw 30 interceptions in 2019. Brady threw 29 interceptions in the last four seasons combined.
Of course, the franchise gets a boost from having a type-A player on their team. Tom Brady becomes an attraction, and as we saw with the tweet above, people will line up to see him play.
The Bucs Have An Amazing Passing Offense
Tampa Bay had the best passing offense in the NFL in 2019, averaging 302.8 yards per game. Bruce Arians’ offensive scheme is the reason they made a jump from mediocre to best in a year.
With Tom Brady under center, Arians expects to be as aggressive passing the football minus the mistakes. It should be a combination that boosts Tampa Bay from a 7-9 record to a winning one. The +150 odds to win the division are not that crazy when you think the Bucs are right on the edge of a turnaround.
Brady also gets a massive upgrade in weapons compare to his roster in New England. Mike Evans is an underrated wideout who is lowkey, one of the best in the league. Chris Godwin also exploded in 2019. Between the two, they had 2490 receiving yards and 17 touchdown receptions.
Brady Is Still A Top Quarterback
Many say Brady doesn’t have the arm to throw down the field anymore. Well, in 2019, he had 40 passes of 20 yards or more, and he had a 97.7 passer rating on those throws. None of the wideouts he had were as talented as the two that are now his teammates.
Tampa Bay has a pair of tight ends that come in handy for Brady. OJ Howard and Cameron Brate are not Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, but they are so much better than what Tom had in New England in 2019.
Tight ends are the best friends of an aging quarterback. Brady will have two great ones in Tampa Bay.
Are The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl Contenders?
The Bucs have a midrange shot at winning the Super Bowl at 20/1.
According to BetOnline, only four teams have a better shot at winning the Lombardi Trophy.:
- Kansas City Chiefs (+650)
- Baltimore Ravens (+800)
- San Francisco 49ers (+1100)
- New Orleans Saints (+1600)
By adding Tom Brady to the team, the Buccaneers became one of the top 5 contenders in the 2020 season.