Oddsmakers Continue To Love Brady, Buccaneers for Repeats

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  • Buccaneers pillage the NFC South as the prohibitive favorite
  • Tampa Bay keeps odds as favorite to win NFC and Super Bowl
  • Brady in position to win his fourth NFL MVP

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 30-17, in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday to go 9-3 while the Falcons, Saints, and Panthers all fell to 5-7. The impending seizing of the division could happen as early as Sunday against Buffalo if the others perform a hat trick of losses.

Tampa Bay’s monumental odds to win the NFC South stand at (-10000) while New Orleans is closest at (+5000) with Atlanta and Carolina holding (+25000).

Quarterback Tom Brady passed for 368 yards and four touchdowns and he found tight Rob Gronkowski twice and Leonard Fournette and Cameron Brate once as the Buccaneers opened the game up in the third quarter to get their third win in a row.

The odds are a sharp rise from two weeks ago when the Buccaneers still had a healthy lead with a (-1600) to win the NFC South while New Orleans was still in the picture at (+1200). Carolina checked in at (+2000) while the Atlanta Falcons were served (+5000).

The Buccaneers still have the No. 1 pass offensive in the NFL as Brady is flourishing as he is throwing for a career-high 314.1 yards per game. Interestingly, he has seven interceptions in his past five games, but he has put the ball in the air 205 times while the Bucs have 98 total rushes in those five games.

Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles orchestrates a rush defense that is still No. 1 in the NFL as well as the Ravens join them this week in allowing only 84.3 yards rushing per game.

Tampa Bay opened the year with odds at (-125) to win the NFC South while New Orleans was sitting at (+220) and was considered a threat before quarterback Jameis Winston went down in the Saints’ win over the Buccaneers five weeks ago. The Panthers started at (+550) and Atlanta were receiving (+1000).

Buccaneers Command Odds Boards for Post-Season

As we head into Week 14, the Buccaneers and the Packers are tied for second in the NFC behind the Cardinals.

Arizona is at (+100) to get the No 1 seed in the NFC playoffs with the Buccaneers second with (+200) odds while the Packers catch (+250). Dallas (+2500) and the Los Angeles Rams (+3500) are now long shots to get the first-round bye.

Tampa Bay has won three in a row and put itself back into contention to win the NFC.

Currently, the Buccaneers post (+275) odds as the favorite to win the NFC. Arizona and Green Bay share a (+350) mark while the Cowboys are posting (+600) with the Los Angeles Rams at (+750).

Tampa Bay needs Leonard Fournette to accentuate a running attack besides of this vaunted passing game. The Buccaneers have been over 100 yards only once in the last five games when they had a collective rushing number at 142 yards on 27 carries. He owns the Bucs’ only 100 rushing game by a running back this season as he had an even 100 in the win over the Colts two weeks ago.

There are odds as high as (+240) for the Buccaneers to win the NFC. Green Bay is also bringing a number at (+325) while Arizona is seen priced at (+333).

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Stability in the secondary may be the tell-all on how far the Buccaneers can go in the post-season. Opponents have thrown 478 times while only rushing 249 times.

Any number of players have missed games and this weekend, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Jordan Whitehead, and Jamel Dean are currently listed as questionable for the 4:25 p.m. battle with Buffalo on Sunday.

Mike Edwards is serving a three-game suspension along with Antonio Brown for misrepresenting his vaccines status.

The chemistry and stability on the back end of this defense is a must if the Bucs are to repeat as Super Bowl Champions.

Currently, oddsmakers still have the Bucs as favorites to go back-to-back as they post (+550) odds. The resurgent Kansas City Chiefs are propped up with (+650) while the New England Patriots (+700), Arizona Cardinals (+700), and Green Bay Packers (+750) round out the top five in odds to win Super Bowl LVI.

Brady Holding a Bash in NFL Secondaries

Despite the ten interceptions, Tom Brady has completed 68.3 percent of his passes as the Buccaneers are averaging 10.9 yards per completion on his throws.

The 34 touchdown passes lead the NFL and if you prorate the number into thirds, Brady could wind up putting some heat on former Indianapolis Colts QB Payton Manning, who set the record with 55 touchdown passes in 2013.

Brady’s odds to win the NFL MVP are (+175) while Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers rests with (+600) odds with Cardinals QB Kyler Murray sitting at (+700).

He has improved after listing at (+350) behind Josh Allen of the Bills (+250) in mid-November. Now with the Bills’ struggles, Allen has faded to (+1000).

Brady is also a long shot to win NFL Offensive Player of the Year as he has (+4000) odds, 11th on some odds boards.

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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