Do you think Tom Brady’s Buccaneers will win more games next season than the team he left behind? If so, you can get better than even odds on the prop at BetOnline. The online sportsbook is offering specific win total matchups in the NFL for 2020, including the Bucs versus the Patriots. The Patriots have won 10 or more games in 17 straight seasons, while the Buccaneers have totaled 10 wins just twice in that same span. Will Tom Brady push the Bucs to a better season than the Pats in 2020? It’s time to put your money where your mouth is.
Can Tom Brady lead the Bucs to their first playoff berth since 2007?
The Buccaneers have been one of the most inept franchises in the NFL for over a decade. They’ve had a losing record in eight of the past nine seasons and haven’t made the playoffs since 2007. Last year was the first since 2010 that Tampa Bay had a positive point differential, but the team still finished 7-9.
Tom Brady will join a talented offensive group that finished third in the NFL in total offense last season. Chris Godwin and Mike Evans combine for maybe the most lethal 1-2 punch in the league at wide receiver. Both finished in the top 13 in receiving yards and top 10 in receiving touchdowns last season.
Jameis Winston threw for the most yards in the NFL last season with the Bucs’ receiving core, so Brady should be able to flourish in the same system.
The offense should be one of the best in the league, but the Buccaneers’ defense is the question mark heading into 2020. Tampa Bay’s defense gave up the fourth-most points in the NFL last season (28.1 per game). Brady had the benefit of playing behind a Patriots defense that gave up the fewest points in the league last year. He will be forced to put up more points this season, but that shouldn’t be a problem with the weapons around him.
The Patriots will have to learn to win without Tom Brady
It’s still unclear who the starting quarterback will be in New England for the 2020 season. Jarrett Stidham is the leader in the clubhouse at the moment, but Brian Hoyer will challenge him for the spot. Stidham threw just two passes last season as a rookie, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Bill Belichick opts for the veteran presence in Hoyer to start the year.
Even with the uncertainty at quarterback, the offense is still littered with holes. The running back group is deep, but the pass-catching options are limited and lacking in talent. Julian Edelman is the only trustworthy receiver on the current roster.
The Patriots still have one of the best defenses in the NFL. Stephon Gilmore is arguably the best cover corner in the league, and the team is bringing back both Devin and Jason McCourty. The secondary should be just as strong as it was last season.
New England did lose Kyle Van Noy, Danny Shelton, and Jamie Collins to free agency, so the front seven will need some tweaking. If anyone can pull talent out of nowhere, though, it’s Belichick.
Will the Buccaneers or Patriots win more games in 2020?
Even with the loss of Tom Brady, the Patriots are expected to win more games than the Buccaneers this season, according to Vegas. BetOnline has the Patriots’ 2020 win total set at 9.5 and the Buccaneers’ win total at 9.
You can place a bet on BetOnline that the Bucs will win more games than the Pats in 2020 at +110 odds, meaning a $100 bet would win a profit of $110. Vegas feels the addition of Brady isn’t enough to push the Bucs over the Belichick dynasty. What do you say?