LAS VEGAS – When Las Vegas bookmakers posted opening odds for Super Bowl LV two months ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were, at best, in the middle of the pack at +6000.
The news that Tom Brady is primed to take-over as the Bucs’ quarterback dramatically changed that view point.
Tampa Bay is now among the “Top 5” favorites to lift the Lombardi Trophy next February, pending potential 2020-21 season scheduling changes because of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
The Buccaneers’ odds are down to +1400 at Westgate, tied with the New Orleans Saints and the Dallas Cowboys for the fourth-lowest potential payout. The only teams with shorter odds are the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs (+450), the Baltimore Ravens (+500) and the San Francisco 49ers (+1000).
FanDuel has the Buccaneers alone with the fifth-shortest odds, +1800. Their board lists the Chiefs at +650, the Ravens at +700, the 49ers at +900 and the Saints at +1300.
The biggest positive movers at Westgate, aside from the Buccaneers, are the Indianapolis Colts, the Arizona Cardinals and the Miami Dolphins. With news that veteran Philip Rivers agreed to a free agent deal with the Colts, Indianapolis saw its odds fall from +3000 to +2000.
The Cardinals, who agreed to a widely praised trade that would bring in wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, had their odds improved from +8000 to +4000.