The Bucs have a doozy of a schedule this season facing eight teams that were in the playoffs last season. That includes the eventual Super Bowl-winning Rams and runner-up Bengals, in addition to the AFC title game losers in the Chiefs as well.

Tampa Bay will also go up against formidable opponents in Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay, as well as Dallas. With such a challenging schedule the odds are sure to be stacked against the Bucs winning Super Bowl LVII, right?

Not so fast.

According to Pewter Report’s sponsor, MyBookie, the Bucs have open with the second-best odds to win the championship at +910. The only team with better odds are the Buffalo Bills, quarterbacked by Josh Allen at +760. The reigning Super Bowl champion Rams come in with the fourth best odds at +1225.

As it stands right now betting-wise, MyBookie projects Tampa Bay to face Buffalo for the right to be crowned Super Bowl LVII champions.

Path To Winning It All Starts In Conference

Along those lines the Bucs were +310 to capture the NFC Conference title before the wager cut off. That’s well ahead of the next team in the conference. The Rams were a distant second at +430 with the Packers close behind them at +460.

Last season, the Bucs tied for the best record in the NFL at 13-4. Due to tiebreakers they just missed out on the number one seed, which went to the Packers. Still, the road to the Super Bowl ran through Tampa Bay after Green Bay’s home loss to San Francisco. Unfortunately the Bucs fell short at home to the Rams in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.

To make life easier and ensure at least one playoff game will be played at home, the Bucs will need to start by winning their own division. Of course the Bucs are overwhelmingly the current odds-on favorite to win the NFC South at -280. The Saints the next closest team at +430.

With a tough schedule ahead of them, including the first four games, the Bucs will need to get off to a good start. The good news is the Bucs are betting favorites to open up the season with a win. They are currently -2 favorites to beat the Cowboys in Dallas.

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About the Author: J.C. Allen

J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
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fredster
fredster
1 month ago

Will be tough game against the Cowgirls in Dallas, but Bucs are the better team and should win. Just hope our Defense plays better than last season opener. We had no answer for passing D and we turned ball over few times. The Godwin fumble in the end zone was just a fluke. I like Bucs odds of going all the way if they can stay healthy. We gave the Bills a beat down last season for first half then we took foot off the gas second half.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
1 month ago

The odds are that the Bucs will compete to win a Super Bowl. That’s all that matters. For all the yammering about schedule strength, don’t forget that the alleged strength is based 100% upon last year’s results being identical to this year’s results .. which never happens. Some of the prognosticators put the Bucs strength of schedule at only about average, based upon their opinions on what teams are likely to do this year, not last year. Of course, those are only opinions, which are just like assholes – everybody’s got one. The point being every team starts out the… Read more »