The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their second franchise Super Bowl on the back of Tom Brady and their outstanding defense. Brady, who joined the team in the offseason, did exactly what he came to town to do and secured his seventh career Super Bowl victory (most all time) while also burying the notion that he is a product of the Bill Belichick system. Tampa then signed him to a four-year extension following the successes of Year 1 with the team. Todd Bowles orchestrated one of the best defensive performances in Super Bowl history and kept the explosive Kansas City Chiefs offense out of the end zone entirely.
Early in the offseason, it looked like Tampa might be losing a chunk of their Super Bowl roster to free agency. The power of Brady and the promise of another championship run brought most of the crew back, namely Shaquil Barrett and Lavonte David. Other role players like Rob Gronkowski and Leonard Fournette decided to take a crack at yet another Super Bowl and returned on team-friendly deals. The Bucs became the first defending champion to return all of their starters in the following season.
Now that the NFL world knows what the Bucs are capable of, they can be expected to be Super Bowl betting favorites for a majority of the coming year.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 1 odds
The defending-champion Buccaneers open the 2021 NFL season on Thursday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys at home. Tampa Bay became the first team to return all 22 starters following a Super Bowl victory and is expected to roll into 2021 without missing a beat, barring injury. The Cowboys on the other hand struggled with a season-ending injury to star quarterback Dak Prescott in Week 5 of the season last year. Under Prescott, the Cowboys were third in the NFL in scoring (32.6 points per game) and second in dropback success rate (dropped to 17th in scoring and 27th in dropback success rate without him). The Bucs ranked second in coverage and eighth in pass rush in 2020 per PFF.
Tampa Bay opened as a 6.5-point favorite against Dallas (currently ). A season ago, they finished with a 9-7 record against the spread in the regular season (5-3 at home) and 9-7 against the over. They also posted a 4-2 record against the over as a home favorite in 2020. The current point total is set at .
Tampa Bay Buccaneers futures odds
Buccaneers Super Bowl odds and other futures markets 2021
- Odds to win Super Bowl: +650
- To win NFC: +325
- To win NFC South: -195
- Make playoffs: -560
- Buccaneers win total: 11.5 (-125)
Odds last updated July 12
Buccaneers prop bets
Prop bets are based on individual performance, typically surrounding players. Tom Brady’s first year with the Buccaneers drew plenty of attention, especially when it came to prop betting. For example, Brady’s projected passing total in the Bucs’ Week 14 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings was 265.5 yards. He amassed 196 yards in the win, giving those who bet under his passing total a win.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2021 schedule and betting odds
|Week||Date||Opponent||Kickoff Time||Opening Line|
|Week 1||Thursday, Sept. 9||vs Dallas Cowboys||8:20 p.m. ET||Buccaneers -6.5|
|Week 2||Sunday, Sept. 19||vs Atlanta Falcons||4:05 p.m. ET||Buccaneers -7.5|
|Week 3||Sunday, Sept. 26||at Los Angeles Rams||4:25 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 4||Sunday, Oct. 3||at New England Patriots||8:20 p.m. ET||Buccaneers -3.5|
|Week 5||Sunday, Oct. 10||vs Miami Dolpins||1:00 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 6||Thursday, Oct. 14||at Philadelphia Eagles||8:20 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 7||Sunday, Oct. 24||vs Chicago Bears||4:25 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 8||Sunday, Oct. 31||at New Orleans Saints||4:25 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 9||Sunday, Nov. 7||BYE||N/A||N/A|
|Week 10||Sunday, Nov. 14||at Washington Football Team||1:00 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 11||Monday, Nov. 22||vs New York Giants||8:15 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 12||Sunday, Nov. 28||at Indianapolis Colts||1:00 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 13||Sunday, Dec. 5||at Atlanta Falcons||1:00 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 14||Sunday, Dec. 12||vs Buffalo Bills||4:25 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 15||Sunday, Dec. 19||vs New Orleans Saints||8:20 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 16||Sunday, Dec. 26||at Carolina Panthers||1:00 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 17||Sunday, Jan. 2||at New York Jets||1:00 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 18||Sunday, Jan. 9||vs Carolina Panthers||1:00 p.m. ET||OTB|
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How to bet on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The moneyline is the simplest of bets, decided by the straight-up winner and loser of each game. Consider the following example:
- Bucs -145
- Patriots +190
The Buccaneers are considered heavy favorites in this matchup (indicated by -145), requiring a $145 bet to win $100 (plus the initial bet back). The Patriots are the underdog in this matchup, paying out $290 total for a $100 bet ($190 in winnings). How much either team wins or loses by does not matter in moneyline betting, the payout remains the same.
Betting on the point spread is determinant on how many points a team wins or loses by. Take the following example:
- Bucs -2.5 (-110)
- Ravens +2.5 (-110)
In this example, Tampa Bay is favored by 2.5 points, indicated by “-2.5.” If the Bucs win the game 31-27, the Bucs (-2.5) win the bet and would have a total payout of $19.09 on a $10 bet ($9.09 in profit). If the Ravens keep the game within three and lose 33-31 the Ravens (+2.5) would win, and the payout would be the same as listed above.
Point total (over/under)
The point total refers to the over/under line set by books. This number projects the total number of points scored in a game and, like prop betting, is bet whether one thinks the score will go over or under the set point total. For example, the Buccaneers’ Week 8 matchup with the New York Giants had a projected point total of 49.5 points. Tampa Bay won the game 25-23, resulting in 48 combined points. Those that bet under the point total would have cashed out.
The Buccaneers fielded one of the most lethal scoring offenses in the NFL coupled with one of the league’s best defenses. Once the offense found their stride (32.9 points per game after Week 5), Tampa Bay’s games garnered higher than league average over/unders, typically between 49 and 54 points. However, that mark was highly dependent on the opposing offense and its scoring capability.
In-play and live betting
Sometimes, the most thrilling and rewarding bets are bets made while games are being played. These are referred to as live bets or in-play bets. Odds are ever-changing during games, which would prove to be fruitful for sharp and prepared bettors. For example, if the Bucs (-225) were heavily favored against the Panthers (+190) before kickoff, a payout on a $10 bet on the Bucs to win would win just $4.44.
However, say the Bucs fell to a big 17-3 deficit in the first half despite controlling the overall game (due to a costly turnover or special teams gaffe). Odds may swing in favor of the Panthers, who may be a -110 favorite at halftime. Taking the Bucs to come back and win the game could present plus-odds (say, +130). Should a bettor take Tampa Bay (+130) at halftime and the Bucs pull off the comeback, winners would win $13 instead of $4.44 (plus the initial $10 bet).
This could also be an effective way to “hedge” your bet; say a bettor took the Panthers (+190) in that game, but Tampa Bay jumps out to a 17-0 first quarter lead and is controlling the overall feel of the game, bettors could hedge by throwing some money down on Tampa Bay (-270) to return some of the inevitably-lost bet.
Parlays and teasers
You can always string bets together in the form of parlays or teasers. Usually during busy Sundays, bettors can parlay several teams to win or cover against the spread and if all bets are successful, the payouts are multiplied. Teasers function similarly, except they allow bettors to move each point spread to a more favorable line in exchange for diminished odds.
Buccaneers 2020 recap
Record ATS: 9-7
Over/under record: 9-7
It’s hard to analyze any metrics of the Buccaneers besides their Super Bowl win. Outside of a four-game stretch between Weeks 9 and 12 where Tampa went 1-3, Tom Brady’s squad pulled in a 14-2 record. The offense caught fire after Week 4, where they averaged almost 33 points per game (including four games of 40+ points). The Bucs were swept in the regular season by the Saints– marking Brady’s first time being swept in his career– but redeemed themselves by defeating New Orleans in the NFC Championship Game.
Buccaneers 2021 offseason moves
Re-signings: QB Tom Brady (four years), LB Lavonte David (four year, $72 million), WR Chris Godwin (franchise tag), LB Shaquil Barrett (four years, $72 million), TE Rob Gronkowski (one year, $10 million)
Free agent losses: G Joe Haeg (to Steelers)
Free agent signings: None
Draft picks: EDGE Joe Tryon, QB Kyle Trask, OT Robert Hainsey, WR Jaelen Darden