Offseason times means offseason posts means many, many predictions for the upcoming season. Today’s second pair of predictions: betting odds! Bovada published their division and conference odds and...they don’t look great for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Bucs get 18/1 odds to win the conference, tenth in the NFC. Worse yet, they have the longest odds to win the NFC South at 7/2. The betting markets don’t really believe Tampa Bay has turned a corner, which puts them in one camp with Football Outsiders.
In fact, this follows another recent trend: third-party analysts who use statistical models, like Football Outsiders and betting markets, tend to be down on the Bucs. Third-party analysts who don’t rely on statistical models tend be more optimistic. Take that however you will.
Regardless, these odds are disappointing, as always. Three upsides: one, betting markets are not clairvoyant. They are often wrong. It happens. Two: you could make a bunch of money betting on the Bucs, if you’re a betting man (of course, you could also lose a bunch of money doing so).
Three: We get to rant about how the Bucs are being underestimated for a few more months. Until the team either proves us or the betting markets wrong.