Buccaneers Lines Off the Board With Jameis Winston Suspended First 3 Games
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Pictured: Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston
- According to reports, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for three games to start the 2018 NFL season.
- Lines for Tampa Bay’s Week 1 game at New Orleans and regular season win total are now off the board.
- Futures, such as odds to win the Super Bowl, are still available for betting.
Late Wednesday, news broke that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was facing a potential suspension for an alleged incident with an Uber driver in 2016, according to ESPN Tallahassee’s Jeff Cameron.
At the time, Cameron reported that Winston’s suspension could land anywhere between one and three games, but the actual length of the suspension was unknown.
Thursday evening, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Winston will be suspended for three games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
With rumors swirling, sportsbooks took many of the Bucs’ lines off the board — meaning they’re no longer available for betting — Thursday morning, such as odds for Tampa Bay’s Week 1 matchup with New Orleans and the team’s regular season win total.
Other odds, such as Super Bowl 53, NFC and NFC South futures, are still available. Here’s a full breakdown of before-and-after odds from the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook:
Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick would likely take over as Tampa Bay’s starting quarterback until Winston is eligible to return to action.
With a capable backup and Winston’s suspension lasting only three games, sportsbooks may ultimately determine that adjustments to Super Bowl, Conference and Division futures are not needed.