TAMPA — Acquiring Tom Brady makes a huge difference for the Bucs, at least in the eyes of Vegas oddmakers.
The future odds of the Bucs winning the Super Bowl changed dramatically throughout the day Tuesday with news that Brady officially wasn’t returning to New England followed by reports in the evening that Brady will sign with Tampa Bay.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook initially listed the Bucs with 40-to-1 odds to win the Super Bowl on Tuesday, numbers that improved to 25-to-1 after Tampa Bay emerged as a clear favorite, then to 14-to-1 when Brady-to-Tampa became reality that night.
The most recent line gave the Bucs the sixth-best odds to win next year’s Super Bowl, which will be held in Tampa.
The Bucs odds to win the NFC championship improved from 20-to-1 to 13-to-2.
Westgate also set the Bucs over/under win total at nine. They’ve won that many games just once in the past nine seasons.
The Patriots went in the opposite direction over the course of the day, starting at 14-to-1, then to 20-to-1 then 30-to-1 at Westgate.
The Richard Hill Sportsbook also saw the Bucs’ odds improve over the course of Tuesday. Their odds of winning the Super Bowl went from 25-to-1 to 20-to-1 to 16-to-1, and their chances for winning the NFC improved from 12-to-1 to 10-to-1 to 8-to-1 over the course of the day Tuesday.
Caesar’s Sportsbook’s most recent listings on Tuesday night gave the Bucs 22-to-1 odds, listing them with the eighth best odds to win the Super Bowl.
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