Over-under for Bucs wins in 2018? Vegas says 6.5

Las Vegas still has modest expectations for the Bucs and quarterback Jameis Winston in 2018, setting the over-under for Tampa Bay's wins  at 6.5.(TIMES FILES | 2017)
Las Vegas still has modest expectations for the Bucs and quarterback Jameis Winston in 2018, setting the over-under for Tampa Bay's wins at 6.5.(TIMES FILES | 2017)
Published April 30

Fresh off a solid draft, how many games can the Bucs win in 2018?

Las Vegas isn't sold on Tampa Bay's resurgence just yet. The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, which released over-under lines on regular-season wins for all 32 NFL teams on Sunday, has the Bucs at 6.5.

Only four teams (Jets, Dolphins, Cardinals and Browns) are expected to win fewer games by their lines, with four others (Bills, Bears, Colts, Giants) even with the Bucs at 6.5.

Tampa Bay finished 5-11 last season, down from 9-7 in Dirk Koetter's first year as head coach in 2016.

Expectations are still high for the NFC South, which had the other three teams make the playoffs last season — Atlanta  and Carolina are at 9 wins, with New Orleans just ahead at 9.5. Along those lines, the Westgate has the Bucs with 12:1 odds to win the division, while the other teams have much shorter odds — Saints at 7:5, and Panthers and Falcons at 11:5.

New England has the highest expectations at 11 wins, just ahead of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh at 10.5 each.

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