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While the Bucs have always had a loyal and passionate following, their bandwagon now overflows. The team’s thrilling run that culminated in a win at Super Bowl LV has pushed Tampa Bay into the must-see category.
It’s perfect timing as well thanks to the dawn of legal sports betting in the state of Florida. Fans can bet on the Bucs seven days a week from home, while out catching the game with friends, or even in the stands as they cheer on the Bucs in person.
Here’s your guide to betting on the Buccaneers in Florida, including this week’s game lines and prop odds, Bucs Super Bowl odds, Tom Brady MVP odds and much more.
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There’s always a lot going on with the Buccaneers and the rest of the NFL. As you get set to bet on the games, there’s ample info to digest. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could get some details on the schedule, next matchup, team news and betting insights quickly and easily? Your wish has been answered. Take a look.
Moneyline bets are great starting points for new bettors. Understanding moneylines is easy and the bets are simple to place. There’s also value to be found for experienced bettors, depending on the odds. An average listing for this type of wager looks like this.
Odds are negative for favorites and positive for underdogs. The difference between the numbers points to the closeness of the matchup, at least in the eyes of the oddsmakers. For this example, the Bucs are decent-sized favorites over the Cowboys.
After the initial release of lines, the odds may move in response to betting action or other factors. For example, a lot of money on the Tampa Bay side could lead to the odds going to -200 or more while the Dallas side adjusts accordingly.
There’s a quick trick to figure out returns on moneyline odds. For negative numbers (betting the favorite), the number tells you how much you have to bet to win $100. For example, taking the Bucs at -190, you’d need to bet $190 to win $100 (plus get your $190 investment back). Positive odds tell you how much you get back on a $100 winning bet. In this case, $100 on the Cowboys at odds of +160 would net you $160.
Returns on moneyline bets depend on the odds. Winning bets on underdogs bring bigger returns, but that’s because oddsmakers see that outcome as less likely to happen. The lower the projected chances of winning, the longer the odds, and the higher the payout if the underdog pulls off the upset. Returns on heavy favorites, by contrast, are much smaller because you’re betting on the team oddsmakers think has a higher chance of winning.
When an underdog bet comes through, you double your money (+100 odds) or more. Returns on favorites that cash in are much more modest because these wagers are more likely to win.
The point spread is incredibly popular for NFL betting. It can make even the mismatched games more exciting as it goes beyond which side will win or lose. The side you select has to cover the spread. Spread listings look something like this at online betting sites, such as Caesars and PointsBet.
There are two components to the line: the spread set by oddsmakers and the betting odds for the wager. Both numbers can change in response to betting action and other factors. Following the release, a 3.5-point spread could shift to three or four points.
Meanwhile, odds of -110 are the standard starting point, but they can shift by a few ticks. As a result, line shopping is very important here. You’ll want to get your bet in at the best possible price as the odds have a direct impact on the potential return.
Like betting a favorite on the moneyline, a spread bet with odds of -110 means you’d have to bet $110 to win $100. For a standard $100 spread bet at odds of -110, you’re looking at $90.90 coming back on winners. As the odds shift in either direction, your potential return rises or falls. While it may not seem like a big deal, these small differences can add up to a lot.
The choices for the spread bet are the favorite minus the points or the underdog plus the number. The spread tells you the perceived closeness of the matchup. A field goal or less should be a tight game, while a touchdown or more points to a paper mismatch.
It can be challenging to win point spread bets consistently, but those who manage to do so can build out steady and predictable returns. The spread factor makes even the most mismatched of games potentially appealing from a betting perspective.
Also known as an over/under, this is a bet that’s all about the total combined points scored in the game. There’s a benchmark number set by oddsmakers for the total, along with payout odds attached to both possible choices.
For this example, the bar is set at 49.5 points. Over bettors are happy with a result of 50 points or more, while those on the under side are hoping for 49 points or fewer. As with the spread, totals odds typically begin at -110 and can adjust from there as the week moves along.
Once again, you’ll want to take the time to shop around. One book could wind up with a total of 51 points or more while others stick at 49.5 or 50. Depending which side you like, you may be able to get an extra half-point or more cushion, which can mean the difference between a win/push or loss.
There’s a general ballpark range that lets you know what kind of game to expect. If the total is set at 40 points or fewer, it shapes up as a more defensive-minded affair. Games with totals of 50 points or more imply potential shootouts.
You’ll find plenty of games in between those two ranges as well. Naturally, they can go in either direction, so totals betting is far from easy. However, those who have a good feel for scoring and matchups, or build their skills up to do so, can find success.
As one of the big three pregame bet types for NFL games, over/unders bring in tons of betting volume. When you get a good feel for the market, the listed numbers provide you with a quick snapshot of what kind of scoring to reasonably expect from each game.
There are plenty of other opportunities to explore beyond the pregame bets. Once you click through a Bucs game listing, you’ll find all of the available props. Meanwhile, you can keep an eye on the season as a whole via the futures market.
Props are essentially side wagers that you can place on individual players, teams and the game as a whole. From a team perspective, options might include which side will have more rushing yards, while a game prop could be about whether overtime will be needed.
Player props continue to grow in popularity. It’s where fantasy sports and online sports betting meet. Wagers are based on individual accomplishments, such as:
While you’ll find similar listings at various sportsbooks, it pays to shop around. For example, HardRock Sportsbook may have props on a specific player not listed at FanDuel Sportsbook. Meanwhile, BetMGM Sportsbook could have better odds than what’s offered at Hard Rock.
There are also season-long props available on individual players, such as an over/under on total passing yards for Brady. These also fall under the umbrella of futures bets, which are a popular way to bet on the NFL nearly all year round. Top NFL futures options include:
Using the winner of the next Super Bowl as an example, Super Bowl odds come out right after the current Big Game is in the books. There will be odds for all teams in the league, and they’ll rise and fall based on betting action. Odds for a few favorites might look like this.
If you like the Bucs to pull off the repeat and they do so, a $100 winning bet at odds of +650 returns winnings of $650. Futures bets are another area where line shopping is imperative. You not only want to nail the winner but also get your selections at the best possible odds.
As the defending Super Bowl champions, the Bucs are currently scheduled for five primetime tilts. They’ll make at least one appearance on each of the NFL’s nighttime broadcast windows. Here’s the lowdown.
|Week||Night||Date||Opponent||Time||Where to Watch|
|1||Thursday||Sep. 9, 2021||vs. Dallas Cowboys||8:20 pm ET||NBC|
|4||Sunday||Oct. 3, 2021||@ New England Patriots||8:20 pm ET||NBC|
|6||Thursday||Oct. 14, 2021||@Philadelphia Eagles||8:20 pm ET||FOX/NFL|
|11||Monday||Nov. 22, 2021||vs. New York Giants||8:15 pm ET||ESPN|
|15||Sunday||Dec. 19, 2021||vs. New Orleans Saints||8:20 pm ET||NBC|
During the last 15 years, Tampa Bay hasn’t been featured prominently on primetime, but that’s changed. In 2020, the club was in one of the windows four times, going 1-3. On an all-time basis, the results have been a mixed bag.
Bruce Arians took over as head coach of the Buccaneers in 2019, replacing Dirk Koetter. After going 7-9 in Arians’ inaugural campaign, the club went 11-5 in 2020 and went on to victory in Super Bowl LV over the Kansas City Chiefs. Arians and company are back for another crack at the ring in the 2021/2022 season. Here are some of the key members of the coaching staff.
The Buccaneers entered the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1976. The original homefield was known as Tampa Stadium, a 74,000-seat venue where the team played through the 1997 campaign. The club moved to its current digs in 1998. Here are the details on where you can catch the Bucs in person.
The NFL has broadcasting deals in place with major outlets, so you’ll have no trouble finding the Bucs on the tube. FOX and NFL Network handle Thursday nights, NBC covers Sunday nights, and ESPN has Monday Night Football. When the team is playing on Sunday afternoon, games can be found on either CBS or FOX.
All of the major broadcast networks have affiliates in the Tampa region. You’ll find NFL Network and ESPN on cable, satellite and streaming packages. NFL.com provides streaming coverage of local and primetime games. You can also pick up the feed with the outlet covering the game online or via app, but sign-in credentials may be required.
On the radio side, WXTB-FM and WDAE 620 AM serve as the flagship stations for Buccaneers broadcasts. Gene Deckerhoff handles the play-by-play with Dave Moore on color commentary. The audio feed can also be picked up online and via radio app.
While the Buccaneers are now considered one of the NFL’s elite teams, it hasn’t always been that way. There have been plenty of rough patches over the years, which makes the current run of success that much sweeter. Here’s a look at some of the more notable facts and figures about the NFL franchise in Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers entered the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1976. Initially slotted into the AFC West, they lasted only a season there. The Bucs were then moved to the NFC Central where they remained until the league realigned its divisional structure in 2002. Tampa Bay is now a member of the NFC North.
Based on the latest NFL franchise valuations from Forbes, the Buccaneers check in with a current value of $2.3 billion. That places them in 29th on the list of 32 NFL franchises. The Dallas Cowboys are on top at $5.7 billion. The team was last sold in 1995 to Malcolm Glazer for $192 million.
Tampa Bay has qualified for the postseason 11 times: six as division champions and five via Wild Card berth. The team’s first playoff appearance came in the 1979 season when they advanced to the NFC Title Game before falling to the Los Angeles Rams. The most recent appearance culminated with a victory in Super Bowl LV.
The franchise has retired just three numbers to date:
The club also maintains a ring of honor. A total of 14 players and contributors have been honored to date, first for Lee Roy Selmon in 2009 and most recently for former defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin in 2020.
The Buccaneers have made it to the Big Game just twice in franchise history, winning both games. The two times they took the field for the Super Bowl, they were underdogs on the final betting line.
Super Bowl XXXVII – Jan. 26, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA
Super Bowl LV – Feb. 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL
Professional football in Tampa didn’t exactly get off to a great start. The Buccaneers went winless in their inaugural season in 1976, finishing at 0-14. The club opened up the following year with 12 straight losses to push the record to 0-26. The streak was finally broken with a 33-14 win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 13.
The first head coach in franchise history still stands atop the charts. John McKay patrolled the sidelines in Tampa from 1976 through 1984. He coached a total of 137 games, going 44-88-1 in the regular season and 1-3 in the playoffs. Jon Gruden is second on the list with 117 total games from 2002 through 2008.
As members of the NFC South, the current biggest rivals for the Bucs are the three other teams that reside in the division: the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. Prior to the 2002 season, the team was in the NFC Central, which included the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings.
In March 2020, the Buccaneers nabbed a big prize off the free agent market. The club agreed to a two-year, $50 million deal with QB Tom Brady. The contract was structured as $15 million in base salary with a $10 million roster bonus for each season, as well as the chance for $3.375 million in bonus money. The club and Brady agreed to restructure the deal after the Super Bowl win to keep him in Tampa through 2022.
The Buccaneers have had the top pick in the NFL Draft five times in franchise history. Here’s how they spent them.
Jackson never actually suited up for the Bucs. He went on to play pro baseball with the Kansas City Royals. The Buccaneers forfeited his rights prior to the 1987 draft where he was selected by the Los Angeles Raiders in the seventh round.
Seven players and two coaches and executives who spent at least some time with the Buccaneers are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Here’s a look at the players and the years they spent in Tampa.
The 2002 Buccaneers went 12-4 before storming through the NFC Playoffs and winning Super Bowl XXXVII over the Oakland Raiders. The club has managed double-digit victories just seven other times. The first came in 1979 when the team went 10-6 and ultimately lost in the NFC Championship game. The 2020 edition went 11-5 before going on to claim victory in Super Bowl LV over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Coming off the Super Bowl win, the Buccaneers are even more of a hot ticket. Season ticket prices were increased for the coming season, and individual game seats have become highly coveted on the resale market. For a general ballpark spot, here are the ranges.
Since seats at Bucs games are now highly sought after, prices on the resale market may vary. As the season moves along, quality of opponent, game time and how the team is playing are among the additional factors that can impact pricing.
Hugh Culverhouse was the original owner of the team. The expansion fee for entering the league in 1976 was $16 million. Following Culverhouse’s death, Malcolm Glazer purchased the club from the estate in 1995 for $192 million. According to the latest NFL franchise valuations from Forbes magazine, the Buccaneers are now worth $2.3 billion.
The Buccaneers inked a deal with daily fantasy sports company Monkey Knife Fight in 2020, but the club has yet to join forces with a sportsbook or casino entity on the advertising front. Several other teams across the league have done so, so we’ll see what materializes in the future. On a league-wide basis, the NFL recently announced Caesars, DraftKings and FanDuel as its official sports betting partners.
As a club that has been around for over four decades, memorable moments abound in Bucs history. That goes way beyond the pair of Super Bowl crowns earned to date. Here’s a look at three of the more impressive single-games performances in Tampa Bay franchise history.
The top pick in the NFL Draft goes to the team with the worst record in the preceding season. Tiebreakers are implemented as needed in the event that clubs at the bottom finish with matching records.
The Buccaneers are among the favorites to win the next Super Bowl. Barring something catastrophic happening (injuries to Tom Brady or the entire offensive and defensive lines) the team isn’t likely to be in the high-draft mix.
A trade into the top spot isn’t out of the question, but it would be costly. Clubs that land on the first pick overall would be looking for quite the bounty to swap out: multiple draft picks and other assets.
If all goes according to plan, then the Buccaneers won’t be picking until the latter stages of the first round in 2022. The team last had the first overall pick in 2015, which they used to select Jameis Winston.
Winning the Super Bowl once is a tall task. Clubs that manage to do so in back-to-back seasons are in rare territory. It has happened seven times to date in NFL history, last by the New England Patriots in 2003-04.
We’re approaching two decades since the last repeat winner. So what are the chances of the Bucs snapping that streak? Based on the current Buccaneers betting odds in the futures market, the club has a decent shot.
At DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM, the Bucs are currently the second favorite on the board. They’re behind only the Kansas City Chiefs, the team they defeated for the Lombardi Trophy last season, at all three books.
Just to get to the Big Game, the club will have to at least make it to the dance. Tampa Bay is favored to win both the NFC South and the conference as a whole. Other names atop the NFC odds chart are the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers.
The Buccaneers aggressively worked toward keeping the band together in the offseason, and they managed to do so. If Brady continues playing at a high level and doesn’t suddenly meet up with Father Time, a repeat is definitely possible.