Tampa Bay Buccaneers are three years removed from their second Super Bowl win in 2020, however, their hopes of returning appear bleaker than ever as fans look forward to the 2023 season.
Tom Brady, who helped return Tampa Bay to a winning team when he joined the Bucs ahead of the 2020 season, retired following 2022, and now NFL predictions have the Bucs’ totally at 6.5 wins this season.
Though the Buccaneers have a strong duo of receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, that won’t help much if their quarterback isn’t successful. Baker Mayfield will likely get the starting nod to start the season, but if he continues to fail to live up to that No. 1 pick, Tampa may turn to Kyle Trask.
Mayfield is on his fourth team since joining the league in 2018 and his third in two years. He started with Carolina at the beginning of 2022 before being claimed by the Rams. He finished the 2022 season throwing for 2,163 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions, while Trask has yet to start a game.
Although the Buccaneers’ offense may leave much to be desired, especially after finishing last season 25th in scoring at 18.4 points a game, their defense may help them this year.
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Tampa Bay has a solid secondary, led by cornerbacks Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean, and the two should create problems for a division full of inexperienced quarterbacks.
The NFC South is a good division for the Buccaneers to be in as Mayfield hopes to improve and Todd Bowles tries to prove he’s a better head coach than his time with the Jets.
Tampa Bay may be projected to finish last in the division by NFL odds but with both Atlanta and Carolina starting young quarterbacks, that could change. The Falcons officially named Desmond Ridder their starter after he closed out the 2022 season starting four games, while first-round pick Bryce Young has earned the starting nod for the Panthers.
With both teams, as well as the New Orleans Saints, having plenty of questions heading into the season, the Buccaneers could take advantage and win the division once again.
However, Tampa Bay may still struggle as it faces playoff teams in Philadelphia, Buffalo, and San Francisco, but with the 11th easiest schedule of NFL teams, how the season plays out will be a surprise.
The 2023 season will be here before you know it, so make your choice on if you think Tampa Bay will fail miserably or surprise and sneak into the playoffs by placing your bet online at BetUS.com.