In the spirit of the recent news that the Supreme Court issued a decision in Murphy v. NCAA that could lead to legal sports betting country-wide, we decided to take a look at what some of the early Vegas oddsmakers are saying in terms of the Bucs chances in 2018.
Unfortunately, it’s not too encouraging, at the moment.
Here are all of the odds currently set for Buccaneers games in weeks 1-16 (no Week 17, as of right now).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-7)
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+4)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears (-2.5)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (-7)
Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-5.5)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals (-1.5)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (-5.5)
Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3.5)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants (-3)
San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1)
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1)
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore Ravens (-6)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys (-6)
In those listings, the Bucs are favored in just three of their upcoming contests: at home against Cleveland in Week 7, at home against Washington in Week 10 and at home against Carolina in Week 13.
Now, that kind of prediction, if the odds were correct, would lead the Bucs to win just three games in 2018 and be just 1-5 in the division. That result would certainly lead to wide-spread changes across the organization, top to bottom. But, as we all know, things rarely work out exactly that way. In fact, studies show that there is more uncertainty and turnover in terms of expected wins/losses in the NFL than in any other sport year-to-year. Sometimes that can be a good thing and sometimes that can be a bad thing.
Vegas doesn’t know the future, but they do know how to make money. Even if it doesn’t shape up like the over/under 6.5 wins they’ve set on the Buccaneers for 2018, these oddsmakers aren’t in the business of losing money, and their current marks tell how much a tough schedule could weigh on the 2018 Buccaneers.