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Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 2021 NFL Season Preview & Win Total Predictions

The defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers have each of their 22 starters from last season returning. Tampa Bay will enter the 2021 NFL regular season as the favorite to win the Super Bowl. Tom Brady returns under center for the Bucs. Last season the 43-year old passed for 4633 yards with 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Ronald Jones II is the leading rusher returning for Tampa Bay with 978 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

Mike Evans led all receivers last season for Tampa Bay with 1006 yards and 13 touchdowns and will be joined once again by Chris Godwin who caught 65 passes for 840 yards and seven touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski will start at tight end for Tampa Bay and last season caught 45 passes for 623 yards and 7 TDS. Tampa Bay re-signed running back Leonard Fournette, who will share duties in the backfield with Ronald Jones II.

On defense, Tampa Bay re-signed tackle Ndamukong Suh which completed the full 11 starters returning for the Bucs defense. Lavonte David, who started at inside linebacker last season for Tampa Bay also re-signed with the Bucs and he and Suh are important contributors to the defense. Shaq Barrett also re-signed for Tampa Bay giving the Buccaneers an outstanding edge rusher.

Jason Pierre-Paul will combine with Barrett to create havoc for opposing quarterbacks. Vita Vea missed over half of last season but his return will give the interior line of the Buccaneers a legitimate run-stopper. David will be joined at linebacker by Devin White, while the secondary will be led by cornerbacks Jamel Dean, Calton Davis and Sean-Murphy-Bunting. The leading safeties for Tampa Bay are Antoine Winfield Jr and Jordan Whitehead giving Tampa Bay a defensive backfield that is all less than 25 years of age.

Free NFL Pick:

over 11.5

Tampa Bay has a win total of 11.5 and the Buccaneers will easily surpass that total. The defending Super Bowl champions return all 22 starters including veteran Quarterback Tom Brady who will have plenty of targets to throw to. The Tampa Bay defense has one of football's youngest secondaries and a talented linebacker corps and line. The Buccaneers edge rushers led by Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaq Barrett will create havoc for opposing pass protectors and quarterbacks. Final Win Total Prediction, over 11.5.

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