From the Buccaneers Communications Department:
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2015 regular-season schedule, released on Tuesday by the National Football League, features matchups against the AFC South and the NFC East and includes home battles versus the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.
The Buccaneers start regular-season play at home on Sept. 13, as the Tennessee Titans travel to Raymond James Stadium for a late afternoon kickoff, marking only the fifth time since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger that teams with the first and second overall picks in the previous draft have faced one another in the season opener.
In Week 2, Tampa Bay faces its first divisional game of the season, traveling to New Orleans on Sept. 20 to take on the Saints, followed by a road trip to the Houston Texans on Sept. 27. The two teams have faced one another only three times in the regular season, and a win would mark the Buccaneers’ first road victory against the Texans
Tampa Bay returns home in Week 4 to battle the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 4 before welcoming the Jacksonville Jaguars to Tampa on Oct. 11. The Buccaneers are 1-4 against the Jaguars, but 1-1 when playing at home.
On Oct. 25, following a Week 6 bye, the Buccaneers travel to the Washington Redskins, a common opponent in recent years. Tampa Bay has faced Washington in three of the past four seasons and has come out with a win in both of its most recent trips to the Capitol (2010, 2014).
Traveling to Georgia on Nov. 11, the Buccaneers will take on the Atlanta Falcons, giving Tampa Bay Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter his first chance to call plays against his former team. Despite division familiarity, the Falcons will be a new-look team for the Buccaneers, operating with an overhauled coaching staff under first-year head coach Dan Quinn.
Football returns to Raymond James Stadium in Weeks 9-10, featuring back-to-back games against the NFC East.
First, the New York Giants come to town for a late afternoon game on Nov. 8. The Buccaneers look to take the lead in the home series, which stands at 5-5. The following week, on Nov. 15, newly-acquired Buccaneers Bruce Carter, Henry Melton and Sterling Moore will square off against their former team, the Dallas Cowboys. The Buccaneers are 2-3 when facing the Cowboys at home.
Tampa Bay then heads to the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 22. A win would mark the first victory in Philadelphia since a 17-0 shutout to open the 2003 season (Tampa Bay lost at Philadelphia in 2009). The 2003 win – the first regular-season game played at Lincoln Financial Field – came on the heels of Tampa Bay’s NFC Championship Game victory against the Eagles at Veterans Stadium on January 19, 2003.
A Week 12 trip to the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 29 will mark only the fifth time that the Buccaneers and Colts have met in the regular season, and the third time in Indianapolis. The series is split, 2-2, with a 1-1 record both home and away.
Returning home to open the final month of the regular season, the Buccaneers face two division rivals in a row. The Falcons visit on Dec. 6, as Tampa Bay looks to add to the 13-10 advantage that it holds over Atlanta when playing at Raymond James Stadium. The New Orleans Saints then come to town on Dec. 13.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Buccaneers in Week 15, as the team hits the road for a primetime appearance on Thursday Night Football at the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 17. Tampa Bay and St. Louis have matched up for the past three consecutive years (2012-14).
The Chicago Bears visit on Dec. 27 in Tampa Bay’s final home game of the season. Chicago’s head coach, John Fox, is new to the team but is a familiar face in the NFC South, having led the Carolina Panthers from 2002-2010. The Bears are 2-4 all-time at Raymond James Stadium.
The 2015 regular-season campaign ends at the Carolina Panthers on Jan. 3.
Here’s a look at the full 2015 schedule:
Week 1 – Sep 13 vs. Tennessee Titans 4:25
Week 2 – Sep 20 @ New Orleans Saints 1:00
Week 3 – Sep 27 @ Houston Texans 1:00
Week 4 – Oct 04 vs. Carolina Panthers 1:00
Week 5 – Oct 11 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00
Week 6 – Oct 11 Bye Week
Week 7 – Oct 25 @ Washington Redskins 1:00
Week 8 – Nov 01 @ Atlanta Falcons 1:00
Week 9 – Nov 08 vs. New York Giants 4:05
Week 10 – Nov 15 vs. Dallas Cowboys 1:00
Week 11 – Nov 22 @ Philadelphia Eagles 1:00
Week 12 – Nov 29 @ Indianapolis Colts 1:00
Week 13 – Dec 06 vs. Atlanta Falcons 1:00
Week 14 – Dec 13 vs. New Orleans Saints 1:00
Week 15 – Dec 17 @ St. Louis Rams 8:25
Week 16 – Dec 27 vs. Chicago Bears 1:00
Week 17– Jan 03 @ Carolina Panthers 1:00
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Mariota vs winston right off the bat?
Winston vs Mariota, please. I’m assuming that the Titans will trade out of the #2 and pick up a few picks for Mariota, myself. Cleveland is the latest rumored team to trade up for Mariota. I think they would be making the standard “Cleveland epic fail move” to trade up for Mariota. They’d be better off trading for Glennon and letting him compete with Manziel. Cleveland is not known as the bastion of QB development. e
We aren’t exactly known for QB development either…. Josh Freeman holds most of our records. the browns have won more games in the last 3years than we have. Between Raheem Morris, Schiano, and now Lovie/Licht we have made equally as many, if not more, “cleveland epic fail moves”. Sorry- I’m from Cleveland
This is probably the best and fairest evaluation of Winston.
%@$dammit why are they still putting our September home games in the afternoon? I want it hot as hell out there for our opponents. Plus in the afternoon it’s more likely to rain. We had a rain delay last year against the Rams and the year before against the Saints. Both times we lost our momentum and our opponent got the lead after the rain delay and won the game.
no one wants to sit out in the heat – there’s no proof that heat hurts our opponents – have you seen the Bucs win in Sept over the last several seasons?
Morgan, we’ve won several games in September over the last several seasons. We won our home opener in 2012 against Carolina although I don’t remember what time kickoff was in that game. I know in 2010 our home opener was against the Browns, we won and that kickoff was at 1:00p. I know we’ve won other games in September, but I can’t remember them all off the top of my head I just generally remember the ones I attended and when the kickoff time was since I have to travel all the way back to south Florida afterwards.
Pink – They didn’t get the lead because of the weather; they got the lead because we didn’t have a QB to close out a game.
E, defenses close out a game once you have the lead, not QB’s.
I think so too Pink. The hotter the better. I’ve sat in those stands for 39 years but I’m not sure it has ever given us an advantage. I always wanted the organization to put a huge thermometer facing our opponent. Psychological warfare.
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 13, 4:25 p.m. – Tennessee Titans WIN
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 20, 1:00 p.m. – at New Orleans Saints LOSE
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 27, 1:00 p.m. – at Houston Texans LOSE
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 4, 1:00 p.m. – Carolina Panthers WIN
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 11, 1:00 p.m. – Jacksonville Jaguars WIN
Week 6: Bye week
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 25, 1:00 p.m – at Washington WIN
Week 8: Sunday, Nov. 1, 1:00 p.m. – at Atlanta Falcons LOSE
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 8, 4:05 p.m. – New York Giants LOSE
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 15, 1:00 p.m. – Dallas Cowboys LOSE
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 22, 1:00 p.m. – at Philadelphia Eagles LOSE
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 29, 1:00 p.m. – at Indianapolis Colts LOSE
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 6, 1:00 p.m. – Atlanta Falcons WIN
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 13, 1:00 p.m. – New Orleans Saints LOSE
Week 15: Thursday, Dec. 17, 8:25 p.m. – at St. Louis Rams LOSE
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 27, 1:00 p.m. – Chicago Bears LOSE
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 3, 1:00 p.m. – at Carolina Panthers LOSE
I’d wait to see what holes we fill in the next two weeks before picking wins/losses. Scary that Buc Staff feel comfortable with what we have right now. Right now L & L have to step up and hit home runs this year.
The mediocrity of Lovie Smith tells me enough to predict many of our losses.
Morgan: Think any of our opponents is marking their game against the Bucs as a loss?
None of them are – so realistically with Lovie Smith’s poor coaching this team could repeat w/ 2-14, but with an OC this season, we might pull off a few….thus 5-11.
Look at week 9 &10 they play at HOME va Giants and the Cowboys. I believe both games will be sold out and the true bucs will shine. With new players and good draft choices. I believe James Winston will be the difference. Can you imagine if Winston does win here like at FSU if Winston id the pick.Go Bucs
Most of the sold out games will have an equal number of opponent fans as Bucs fans……makes for a miserable experience for us season ticket holders as we witness our crappy team get humiliated while opponent fans celebrate in our house.
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