The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have skyrocketed up the Super Bowl odds board with former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reportedly expected to sign with the NFC South franchise in NFL free agency.
Even the mere rumors of Brady going to Tampa Bay led to sportsbooks increasing the Bucs' odds of winning Super Bowl LV, but now that it actually looks like he's going there, oddsmakers have placed his new team among the top five favorites for the Lombardi Trophy entering the 2020 season. Let's also not forget the Buccaneers are hosting Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium, and no team has ever won a Super Bowl in its home arena.
Here are the top 10 teams on DraftKings' latest Super Bowl LV betting lines.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: +600
2. Baltimore Ravens: +750
3. San Francisco 49ers: +950
4. New Orleans Saints: +1400
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +1700
6. Dallas Cowboys: +1800
7. Philadelphia Eagles: +1800
8. New England Patriots: +1900
9. Seattle Seahawks: +2000
10. Green Bay Packers: +2200
These odds make sense.
Even with Brady and a talented offense highlighted by top-tier wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, the Buccaneers are not better than the New Orleans Saints or San Francisco 49ers. The Seattle Seahawks, as usual, continue to be undervalued at most sportsbooks. The Green Bay Packers, who took huge strides defensively last season and still have an elite quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, also are a better team than the Bucs.
It should be noted that these Bucs odds aren't solely based on how well they are expected to perform next season with Brady in the fold. You also have to consider the amount of money DraftKings is taking on Tampa Bay bets, as ESPN's David Purdum explains in the tweet below:
The Brady bump. @DKSportsbook has already taken 30x more money and 10x the number of bets on the Buccaneers to win the Super Bowl than they did all of last year on the Bucs to win last year's Super Bowl.— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) March 18, 2020
The Brady bump is in fact real, and we should expect the Buccaneers to be a very popular team among sports bettors in 2020, especially if Tampa Bay plays in a lot of primetime games.