- Buccaneers attracting far more betting interest to win Super Bowl 55 than any other team
- Bucs odds to win Super Bowl 55 have improved to +1000 after signing Brady and trading for Gronkowski
- Tampa Bay opened with an over/under of 9 wins at Caesars Sportsbook
On Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter dropped the bomb that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had agreed to a trade for former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski will end his yearlong retirement from football in order to team up with Tom Brady once again in 2020.
Almost instantly, the Buccaneers’ odds to win Super Bowl 55 next season improved. Bovada moved the Bucs up to +1100, and they have since nudged Tampa Bay even higher. The Buccaneers are now sitting at +1000 to win it all next season, which gives the team the same odds as their NFC South rivals, the New Orleans Saints.
Are the Bucs This Year’s Browns?
Every year, teams that enjoy active offseasons tend to attract plenty of betting activity. Remember all of the Cleveland Browns buzz we heard last year? That didn’t turn out so well, Still, in news that should surprise nobody, the Bucs’ moves to take Brady and Gronkowski away from the Patriots have garnered the attention of the betting public.
The Bucs opened at most sportsbooks around +5000 to win Super Bowl 55. When news started to leak that Brady was seriously considering fleeing New England for Tampa, the Bucs’ odds were moved slightly to +4000. Once Brady officially signed with the Buccaneers, the odds were slashed even further to +2000. At Bovada, Tampa Bay had dipped to +1300 before Tuesday’s Gronkowski move.
Stephen Miraglia, a DraftKings spokesman, told Darren Rovell that the company’s sportsbook has already taken 10 times more action on Tampa Bay to win Super Bowl 55 than any other team. Since the Gronkowski news came down, a whopping 93 percent of the total money bet and 80 percent of all wagers placed at DraftKings have come in on the reloaded Bucs.
First Brady, now Gronk, are the @Buccaneers SB contenders now?
— Bovada (@BovadaOfficial) April 21, 2020
Earlier this week, Caesars Sportsbook released win totals and playoff odds for every NFL team. The Bucs opened with a win total of 9, but one would imagine the Gronk news and people betting the over will cause that number to rise before next season begins. The Patriots, who have still not replaced Brady with a viable option from outside the organization, opened with an over/under of 8.5 wins. That’s New England’s lowest mark since 2003.
The only teams with shorter odds than the Bucs to win it all next year are the Kansas City Chiefs (+600), Baltimore Ravens (+700) and San Francisco 49ers (+900).
FanDuel has seen a similar story at its sportsbooks. The Bucs have reportedly attracted twice as many bets and twice the betting handle to win next year’s Super Bowl as any other team. Tampa Bay has garnered around 15 percent of all bets, while the Philadelphia Eagles are next at 8 percent. Just over a quarter of the total amount wagered on the Super Bowl 55 winner has come in on the Bucs, while the reigning champion Chiefs are next at just 12 percent.
Bucs’ Lengthy Playoff Drought
It’s been quite a while since the Bucs have been relevant in the Super Bowl picture, of course. Jameis Winston led Tampa Bay to a 7-9 record a season ago in Bruce Arians’ first season as head coach. Tampa Bay has finished with a record of .500 or better just once in the last 9 seasons.
The Bucs haven’t qualified for the playoffs since winning the NFC South with a 9-7 record and losing to the New York Giants in the Wild Card round of the 2007 playoffs. The last time the Buccaneers won a playoff game was in 2002 when they beat the then-Oakland Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl 37.
The franchise’s current 13-year playoff drought is the second-longest active streak in the league. The Browns, who haven’t qualified for the postseason since 2002, own the longest skid.
Gronkowski won 3 Super Bowls over the course of his 9 seasons in New England. Back in 2018, the Patriots agreed to trade Gronk to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a second-round pick. However, the trade was called off after Gronkowski reportedly threatened to retire as opposed to playing with a quarterback other than Brady.
He abruptly retired ahead of the 2019 season at the age of 30 as a result of numerous injury issues. However, the soon-to-be 31-year-old is clearly ready to return and team up with Brady for a chance to win a fourth Super Bowl together in 2020.
Super Bowl 55 will be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. If the Bucs get that far, they will become the first team ever to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.