In a betting team betting preview series from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Todd Dewey counts down the teams with lowest season total to highest. Where the Buccaneers rank might surprise you.
As usual, most NFL analysts do not think the Buccaneers are capable of making noise in the NFC South. We see it every year and this season it is the same old story. Seemingly everyone expects Tampa Bay to finish fourth in its tough division.
However, Westgate sportsbook manager Ed Salmons sees things slightly different. He believes Arians has all it takes to turn this franchise around. In an interview with Dewey, Salmons said, “I like Tampa a lot. Bruce Arians is a good coach wherever he’s gone, and they already had a good offense… One thing with Bruce Arians, his players all like him and respect him. The other coach [Dirk Koetter] had no respect in the locker room.”
Moreover, Salmons weighs in on Jameis Winston and his potential, as well as the Bucs’ NFC South rivals:
“Winston reminds me of Roethlisberger. He makes so many silly mistakes. If Arians gets those away from him, he has a shot to be really good… This is the division known for teams going from worst to first.
People like Atlanta, but I don’t get it. Atlanta has a lot of injuries already. Carolina has some upside. The more and more I look at New Orleans, I’m not sure. Drew Brees’ arm strength is so down… I certainly think Tampa can win nine or 10 games.”
Does that mean we should bet the Buccaneers to win the division? Probably not. It’s simply an opinion. And Vegas still has the pewter pirates ranked 26/32. However, it does feel good to read a positive outlook on Tampa Bay for a change. One thing is for sure, though. If Winston stays healthy this year, winning less than seven games in 2019 would be a huge disappointment.
On the other hand, the sky is the limit for this team stacked with talent. Tampa Bay is most certainly one of the toughest teams to predict for this upcoming season.