After the stunning victory for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV last weekend, speculation has now turned to next season in the NFL. It may be many months away with plenty to happen before then, including a crucial Free Agency period, as well as the NFL Draft.
However, many are already speculating that come this time next year, we could be talking about a Tampa Bay Buccaneers repeat success in Super Bowl LVI.
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why Tom Brady, Bruce Arians and company could well achieve the rare feat of back-to-back Super Bowl wins. As well as some of the reasons why they may not.
Let’s begin first by taking a look at how the early prices look with FanDuel Sportsbook.
Current NFL Super Bowl LVI Champion Odds
A quick look at the very early odds from Fan Duel Sportsbook suggests that the bookies don’t see a huge amount of change from the current season at present.
The Chiefs are the favourites at +500, with the Buccaneers second favourites at +950. The Bills and Packers are both +1100 and those four teams were the ones that contested the respective Conference Championship games ahead of Super Bowl weekend.
La Plus Ca Change and all that.
It it worth backing teams at these early prices when you have the crucial Free Agency period, plus the NFL Draft to come before we even start thinking about pre-season training later in the year? Well, it might be if you are a Bucs fan and here’s why.
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Why The Bucs Could Double Up On Super Bowl Success
There are some good (and obvious) reasons why the Bucs could be in with a real chance of a back-to-back Super Bowl win next season.
- They have Tom Brady for at least one more year and the 43-year-old has already indicated he will be back to play again next season.
- You can bet that a number of the players out of contract this summer in Tampa will re-sign to play alongside Brady again including the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette, Ndamukong Suh, Josh Wells, Shaq Barrett, Lavonte David, Chris Godwin and Steve McLendon.
- How can the Bucs resign their players? Well they have $38.6 million in cap space heading into the off-season. That should keep key players like Barrett and David in Tampa.
- The Bucs have almost a full complement of Draft Picks in the summer (only missing one sixth round pick). They can build some serious future talent in this draft, despite picking 32nd.
- The top head coaching positions at other teams have already gone, which means that talented coaches like defensive co-ordinator Todd Bowles and offensive co-ordinator Byron Leftwich will likely be in Tampa supporting Bruce Arians again next season.
The great news for the Bucs is that they are starting next season as the Super Bowl Champions but in a strong position to maintain and improve on the team still further during Free Agency and the Draft.
Why Tampa May Struggle To Match Their Feats Of This Season
Of course, for all the positive reasons why Tampa Bay may enjoy more success next season, there are a number of equally valid reasons why they may not. These include:
- Brady will be aged 44 by the time next season starts. At some point age will catch up with him, or more likely other team’s pass rush will.
- It is incredibly difficult to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles. Seven teams have achieved it (Green Bay, Miami, San Francisco, Dallas, Denver, New England and Pittsburgh who have achieved it twice). The last team to do it were New England in 2003 and 2004, when Tom Brady was fresh into the NFL.
- Some of the Bucs big free agent stars, such as Shaq Barrett and Lavonte David could attract plenty of big money offers from other clubs that Tampa may not be able to match.
- This is an ageing team, next season may be their last realistic season to compete with so many veteran players in so many positions. Injuries, old age and the rough anf tumble of many years in the NFL will take their toll on players at some point.
- It’s also going to be a tough NFC South for the Bucs to compete in. The Saints will be strong once again, Carolina are improving and the Falcons are expecting better things with a new head coach. The South could be one of the toughest and most competitive divisions in the NFL next year.
There’s no doubt that Tampa Bay should be amongst the Super Bowl favourites for next season. That is simply the effect having Tom Brady as a quarterback gives you. However, whether they can repeat their success of this year or not, is a very tough one to call.
For the time being, If I was a Tampa fan, I’d be keeping my betting cash in my pocket and revisiting this market once Free Agency and the draft is out of the way. Then you will be able to judge more clearly what the Bucs chances are of a repeat success in 2022.