The Tom Brady effect in Tampa Bay is full steam ahead as the Buccaneers have a franchise record five primetime games in 2020. They’ll open the season against the Saints in a match-up that puts the two quarterbacks with the most and second most passing yards in NFL history up against each other for their first of two battles this season. Brady and Brees will battle again in November on Monday Night Football. According to William Hill, Tampa Bay has the fourth toughest home schedule in the NFL but the third easiest road schedule.
Week 1 Sunday, September 13 at New Orleans (4:25pm)
Week 2 Sunday, September 20 vs. Carolina (1:00pm)
Week 3 Sunday, September 27 at Denver (4:25pm)
Week 4 Sunday, October 4 vs. Los Angeles Chargers (1:00pm)
Week 5 Thursday, October 8 at Chicago (8:20pm)
Week 6 Sunday, October 18 vs. Green Bay (4:25pm)
Week 7 Sunday, October 25 at Las Vegas (8:20pm)
Week 8 Monday, November 2 at New York Giants (8:15pm)
Week 9 Sunday, November 8 vs. New Orleans (8:20pm)
Week 10 Sunday, November 15 at Carolina (1:00pm)
Week 11 Monday, November 23 vs. Los Angeles Rams (8:15pm)
Week 12 Sunday, November 29 vs. Kansas City (4:25pm)
Week 13 BYE
Week 14 Sunday, December 13 vs. Minnesota (1:00pm)
Week 15 Sunday, December 20 at Atlanta (1:00pm)
Week 16 December 26 or 27 at Detroit (TBD)
Week 17 Sunday, January 3 vs. Atlanta (1:00pm)
Buccaneers Projected Win Total and Odds:
9.5 wins OVER -130/UNDER +110
Expectations are sky high for Tampa Bay with Tom Brady & Rob Gronkowski's arrival. The question that should be asked is if the defense can meet those expectations as well. This team really needs young linebacker Devin White to take a leap forward while cagey veteran linebacker Lavonte David definitely can't begin to show his age.
The Play: OVER 9.5 wins (-130)
Fun Facts from 2019:
- Jameis Winston led the NFL in interception (30). On the positive side, he tied for the league lead in pass attempts (626) while delivering the most passing yards (5,127) and completions over 20 yards (75).
- Chris Godwin led the league in catches (25) over 20 yards while ranking second at WR in receiving yards per game (95.2).
- The Bucs’ WRs finished in yards per catch (15.99), receiving yards (3,566), and TDs (26).
- Tampa’ RB gained only 3.68 yards per carry (30th).
- Both the Bucs’ offense allowed seven TDs and the defense scored seven TDs.