Sports fans are currently stuck in purgatory after the coronavirus outbreak cleared every major league from the calendar, but Super Bowl 55 is still scheduled for February 7 of next year – Check out the Super Bowl 55 Betting Board and view the odds.
Brady to Bucs the Biggest of Many Offseason Bombshells
Speaking of Super Bowl champs, Tom Brady – who owns six rings thanks to his legendary 20-year tenure with the New England Patriots – did the unthinkable last week when he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In explaining his motivations for inking the two-year, $50 million dollar deal in Tampa, “TB-12” pointed to the Bucs’ strong wide receiving corps, coupled with an experienced head coach in Bruce Arians. But many NFL insiders have revealed that Brady’s relationship with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has soured over the last few years.
In any event, both Brady and Belichick will be highly motivated to prove that they can win without one another.
And according to online sportsbook Bovada’s latest odds, Brady’s presence instantly turns Tampa Bay into a Super Bowl contender.
When we last looked at the odds some 50 days ago, the Buccaneers were near the bottom of the pack with a (+5500) price. Fast forward to the impending Brady era, however, and Tampa Bay is now listed at (+1200) – with only four teams enjoying better title odds.
Those four teams – the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs (+550), the ascendant Baltimore Ravens (+700), the Super Bowl 54 runner-up San Francisco 49ers (+800), and the perennial postseason contender New Orleans Saints (+1100) – have seen their odds hold firm from early February to now.
As for the Patriots, who were listed among the favorites at (+800) with Brady on the roster, the dynasty’s odds of continuing in 2020 have plummeted to (+2000).
Trades and Free Agency Movement Create Major Jumps in Both Directions
Another team to enjoy a swift climb up the Super Bowl totem pole is the Arizona Cardinals, who somehow managed to pull off the steal of the century to bolster an already promising offense.
Dynamic wideout Deandre Hopkins reportedly reached an impasse with the Houston Texans, based on a combination of his contract requests and head coach Bill O’Brien’s inexplicable personal comments. As a result, O’Brien – who also serves as Houston’s general manager – opted to trade the three-time first team All-Pro and touchdown machine to Arizona for the proverbial bag of peanuts.
Accordingly, the bookmakers have moved the Cardinals from (+8000) to (+5000), while the Texans have dropped from (+3500) to (+5000).
The Buffalo Bills also parlayed the addition of a talented wide receiver into a bump in their Super Bowl odds. After acquiring Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings – and with the AFC East title now suddenly up for grabs after Brady’s departure – the Bills moved from (+3500) to (+2200).
To see where your favorite NFL team stands in the Super Bowl 55 race, check out the latest futures betting odds from Bovada in the table below:
|Team||Super Bowl 55 Championship Odds
|Super Bowl 55 Championship Odds
|Kansas City Chiefs||+550||+450|
|San Francisco 49ers||+800||+750|
|New Orleans Saints||+1100||+1200|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+1200||+5500|
|Green Bay Packers||+1800||+2000|
|New England Patriots||+2000||+800|
|Los Angeles Rams||+3500||+3000|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+3500||+3300|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+4000||+3300|
|New York Jets||+10000||+7000|
|New York Giants||+10000||+7000|