Bold Prediction

September 12th, 2020

Reason to smile?

Ah yes, it is the season of bold predictions. Hot takes. Stabs in the dark.

And it is no different for John Breech of CBS Sports. He decided to take a step out on the ledge and predict the Bucs will finally break their rut of 13 straight seasons with no postseason appearances and actually make the playoffs.

Breech didn’t just stop there. He believes the Bucs will win 11 and that will be good enough to win a division title.

NFC South bold prediction: Buccaneers win the division for the first time in 13 years

With Tom Brady now in Tampa, this might not seem like a bold prediction, but according to our friends at William Hill Sportsbook, it definitely qualifies as bold, and that’s because the Saints are the overwhelming favorite to win the division this year. With just days to go until the start of the season, the Saints’ odds of winning the division are sitting at -120 (bet $100 to win $83.30) while the Bucs have much worse odds at +160 (bet $100, win $160). Not only will I be riding the Brady train this year, but I’ll be riding it all the way to the NFC title game. Unfortunately for the Buccaneers though, I don’t have Tampa Bay winning that game. …

Well, if the Bucs are going to win the NFC South, it sure would help if they can win tomorrow in the Superdome.

Here are a few numbers that may put Bucs fans in a comfortable state of mind: The slimy Saints in recent years just get off on the wrong foot to start the season. New Orleans is riding a 1-5 run opening weekend games.

Park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring Bucs quarterback Tom Brady? This dude just about owns opening weekend games. Brady is 14-3 in season-opening games.

Joe sure hopes that trend continues tomorrow.

11 Responses to “Bold Prediction”

  1. Iamabuc Says:

    By God…..if we make it to the NFC Tittle game; we are wining that sucker!…I mean by them; who’s gonna beat us?….for real!

  2. Iamabuc Says:

    …by then….(meant to say)

  3. Stanglassman Says:

    Interesting stat.

    Profile photo, opens profile page on Twitter in a new tab
    Adam Schefter
    Tom Brady’s team is an underdog in a regular-season game for the first time since 2015, per @ESPNStatsInfo. Before this week, Brady’s team had been favored in 74 straight regular-season starts.

  4. Roy T. Buford Says:

    The 1-5 to opening day record is not a comforting stat at all, as in the end you can expect to break even. Instead, I like to think the Bucs have dropped three in a row to the Saints. The last time they beat them was in their home opener with Fitz at the helm for the Bucs. That is, the Bucs are due to win one here!

    Still, I didn’t get much comfort from Arians’ comment “If we don’t win, we know where we stand.” NEVER speak publicly about the possibly of losing.

    Go Bucs!

  5. Roy T. Buford Says:

    @Stan…if I’m correct, the Bucs are 3.5 point underdogs. Not sure if they are still giving 3 points for home field advantage, but certainly without the crowd that will be eerie for the home team. Basically even odds?

  6. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Unlike 2 years ago, we definitely have the saints attention for game 1. Its gonna be a dogfight.

  7. I seem to remember Says:

    I’m not expecting this to even be close….Bucs by 17

  8. Paul Says:

    Do you mean the GOAT? Why the Disrespect? Oh-that’s right it’s hilarious and JOE doesn’t care what people think.

    Park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring Bucs quarterback Tom Brady? This dude just about owns opening weekend games. Brady is 14-3 in season-opening games.

  9. james west Says:

    if the bucs get home field advantage throughout the playoffs, including the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME they will win it all, period

  10. james west Says:

    brady loves home field advantage, and understands the importance of having it

  11. AKicknTheBucNuts Says:

    Does anyone know Tom Brady’s career opening day record?

    I tried to look it up and can’t find it.