2022 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Predictions with Odds to Win Super Bowl
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off a fairly successful season that included a 13-4 record and a first-place finish in the NFC South division. The franchise was unable to successfully defend its Super Bowl title and was knocked out of the playoffs by the eventual champion, the Los Angeles Rams. It has been an eventful offseason off the field for the Bucs. The biggest news was around Tom Brady, who announced he was retiring following the season. After a little time away, Brady realized he still had a competitive fire in him and decided to return to the team. Another surprising move occurred when Head Coach Bruce Arians stepped down from his role and begin focusing on a front-office role. His longtime friend and extremely qualified candidate, Todd Bowles, stepped into the head coaching shoes. Even with the off-field drama, the Bucs have a solid core still intact and will have their sights set on competing this year.
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The Buccaneers will begin their season with a primetime Sunday night matchup against the Cowboys in Dallas. The team will then head to New Orleans in Week 2 before heading home for three straight games against the Packers, Chiefs, and Falcons. Tampa Bay will face off with the Steelers in Pittsburgh in Week 6 and then travel to Carolina to face the Panthers. The Bucs then have back-to-back home games against the Ravens and Rams. The matchup with Baltimore will be a Thursday night game. In Week 10, the Bucs will travel across the pond to play the Seattle Seahawks in England. Tampa Bay has a Week 11 bye. Following the bye, the Bucs will travel to Cleveland to face the Browns. They then will face off against the Saints in a Monday night matchup at home in Week 13. The Bucs will then travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers before coming home to play the Bengals. Tampa Bay has another prime-time game in Week 16 at the Arizona Cardinals. They will then play their final home game against the Carolina Panthers before traveling to face the Falcons in Week 18.
The Buccaneers have +700 odds to win the Super Bowl, trailing only the Chiefs. They are the favorites to win the NFC Conference at +300 and -300 favorites to win the NFC South. The Bucs' season over/under total for wins is set at 11.5. They are -650 to make the playoffs and +450 to miss.
Key Players: Tom Brady, Mike Evans
Despite the Brady saga and shake-up at head coach, the Buccaneers' offense is pretty much entirely intact from last season. Chris Godwin was given a new three-year contract after being franchise tagged. Leonard Fournette and Giovani Bernard each came back to solidify the running back unit. Ultimately, this means the Buccaneers are gearing up for another deep playoff run.
The offensive unit showed success last season. The Buccaneers ranked 2nd in the NFL in points scored and yards tallied. The Brady-led passing attack led the entire NFL in attempts, yards, and touchdowns. Brady was once again a Pro Bowler and stand out due to the 5,316 yards and 43 touchdowns he passed for. The 44-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down and still playing at an incredibly high level. Both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin had over 1,000 yards receiving, but Evans led the pack with 14 receiving touchdowns. They also added Russell Gage in free agency to provide more depth at wide receiver. Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones each proved to be valuable parts of the running game and ran for over 1,200 yards combined. Ronald Jones elected to sign with the Chiefs rather than return to the Buccaneers.
Key Players: Devin White, Carlton Davis III
The Buccaneers spent their first draft pick (33rd overall) on Defensive Lineman Logan Hall, who is expected to make an immediate impact. They also added safety Keanu Neal in free agency. He will be expected to replace Jordan Whitehead, who signed with the New York Jets. This is the most notable loss as Whitehead was fourth on the team in tackles and was regarded as the heaviest hitter.
The defensive unit of Tampa Bay was also impressive last season. They ranked 5th in the NFL in points allowed and 5th in turnovers. The Bucs had four Pro Bowlers that led their defensive unit in Devin White, Antoine Winfield Jr, Shaquil Barrett, and Vita Vea. White led the team with 128 total tackles while raking up 2.5 sacks and 18 quarterback hits. Barrett led the team in sacks with 10 and 22 quarterback hits on the season. It was an impressive defensive unit in 2021 and is expected to produce once again this year.
As long as Tom Brady still has gas in the tank, you can expect the Buccaneers to be ready to compete once again this season. Tampa Bay won the Super Bowl in 2020 and still has the main pieces in place. The Bucs are set for another great season, but there is not a ton of value in their playoff lines. That number of 11.5 wins is a high team total. However, even with their tough schedule, the Bucs should be expected to surpass this. The team went 13-4 last year and can do this again.
Brady also has the second-shortest odds for MVP at +800. He also is the second-favorite for most passing yards at +700. Evans holds the 10th shortest odds for most receiving yards this year at +2000. My favorite bet surrounding the team is over 4.5 Division Wins at +100. The weak NFC South and strong schedule outside of the divisional games will make these games especially important. Expect the Bucs to capitalize and have this help guide them to another successful season.
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