Trevor Lawrence Can’t Move Jacksonville’s Super Bowl Odds, Miami on the Move but Tampa Bay Stays on Top
By Space Coast Daily // July 7, 2021
Even the acquisition of the most exciting NFL Draft prospects in the modern era hasn’t been enough to move the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Super Bowl odds, but that need not concern Urban Meyer.
The former Ohio State and Florida Gators coach is, after all, taking charge of a team that’s just gone 1-15 during the 2020 season, and they won’t be turned into kings overnight.
Space Coast Daily recently brought news that the Clemson alumnus has signed a four-year rookie contract at TIAA Bank Field worth $36.8 million, including a $24.1 million signing bonus.
Jacksonville remain huge +12500 outsiders with some sportsbooks to be crowned champions come next February, which isn’t far from the +15000 odds they offered at this stage last year.
Lawrence is expected to transform the franchise the more he grows into his NFL surroundings, but the Jaguars remain the longest-odds pick of any Florida team as things stand.
The Dolphins are next on that list, and whereas Jacksonville haven’t seen much change compared to their 2020 prospects, Miami’s performance last season has seen them move drastically.
Brian Flores led the team to a 10-6 record in his second year as coach, just about missing out on a play-off place, and there’s a growing sense he’ll keep doing good for the franchise.
Having entered the 2020 campaign as +10000 Super Bowl long shots, Miami fans will be pleased to see their price slashed to +3000 as they approach the 2021 season.
Receiver Jaylen Waddle (Alabama) and defensive end Jaelan Phillips (Miami) give the Dolphins boosts in both phases after moving in the first round of this year’s Draft, while Tua Tagovailoa is sure to attract a lot of attention in Year 2 as Miami’s starting quarterback.
But of course the Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain the reigning kings of Florida after winning the Super Bowl in Tom Brady’s first season at Raymond James Stadium.
Brady was the last QB to win back-to-back Super Bowls with the same franchise after doing so with the New England Patriots in 2004-05, and CNN confirmed he’ll attempt to replicate that feat in Tampa after signing a one-year extension with the Buccaneers.
The seven-time champions has been preoccupied with other commitments during his off-season, however, trading shots with Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Aaron Rodgers in The Match:
This Tom Brady shot 😳
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 6, 2021
Head coach Bruce Arians guided the Bucs to an 11-5 regular season, a mark they’ve only bested when they went 12-4 en route to winning the 2002 Super Bowl.
Only the Kansas City Chiefs—whom they beat in Tampa this past February—come in shorter than their +650 odds, though that may present all the more reason to believe the Bucs can go back-to-back.
Brady’s golden touch means the sportsbooks are backing Tampa Bay to go furthest out of Florida’s franchises, but can Miami or Jacksonville make a surprise play from further down field?
Super Bowl LVI Odds Leaders
|Kansas City Chiefs||+500|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+650|
|Los Angeles Rams||+1300|
|San Francisco 49ers||+1400|
|Green Bay Packers||+1600|
|New England Patriots||+3300|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+3500|