Are the Buccaneers still the favorites to play in Super Bowl LVII?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been one of the top teams slated to play in Super Bowl LVII at the end of this upcoming NFL season.
An earlier-than-expected return of receiver Chris Godwin from his torn ACL should have served to elevate those expectations.
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However, injury to starting center Ryan Jensen thwarted that good energy and the surprise absence of quarterback Tom Brady along with the retirement of tight end Rob Gronkowski feels like the Bucs are on more shaky ground than many thought so before.
But was all that enough to topple Tampa Bay from the top of the NFC in the eyes of the expert?
“Josh Allen leads the deepest lineup in the league for the big game,” says NFL.com’s Chad Reuter in a collection of NFL.com’s updated Super Bowl predictions. “But Tom Brady’s swansong (for real this time) ends with him holding his eighth Lombardi trophy.”
So not only does Reuter see the Buccaneers representing the NFC in the Super Bowl, he expects them to win the Buffalo Bills.
Those same Bills are the highest-ranked team when it comes to Super Bowl expectations according to the group, while the Bucs come in third, but first among NFC teams.
The Los Angeles Chargers are second in the league and the AFC.
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Interestingly enough, none of the analysts who predict a Chargers Super Bowl see them playing in Tampa Bay in the final game.
The Bills are Brady and the Buccaneers’ favorite opponent, with one analyst predicting the Denver Broncos to be the opponent in Arizona.
Tied for fourth with the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl aspirations and second in the NFC are the Green Bay Packers led by Aaron Rodgers.
See the NFL.com article for the full list of rankings.
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