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January 3, 2011 @ 6:58 am
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Buccaneers' Opponents For 2011

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Reynolds
Scott Reynolds

Scott
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Now that the 2010 regular season has concluded, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which finished third in the NFC South with a 10-6 record, know their opponents for the 2011 season. Times and dates of the games will be determined by the NFL later this spring.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the 2010 season with a 10-6 record with a record of 6-2 on the road, which ties the franchise record for most wins away from Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs finished third in the NFC South behind Atlanta (13-3) and New Orleans (11-5) and its opponents for the 2011 campaign are now known. Here is a look at Tampa Bay's 2011 home and away schedule. The times and dates will be set by the NFL later this spring.

BUCS' 2011 HOME OPPONENTS
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers
New Orleans Saints
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
Dallas Cowboys

BUCS' 2011 AWAY OPPONENTS
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers
New Orleans Saints
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings
Jacksonville Jaguars
Tennessee Titans
San Francisco 49ers

Sources at One Buccaneer Place tell PewterReport.com that Tampa Bay expects to get at least two prime time games next year that given the Bucs' resurgence and star power on offense because the league's TV schedule is influenced to a degree by fantasy football, which the NFL endorses and promotes on its website, NFL.com. Next year, several Bucs, including quarterback Josh Freeman, running back LeGarrette Blount, wide receivers Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn, tight end Kellen Winslow and kicker Connor Barth are expected to be sought after in many fantasy football drafts.

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    In case anybody's interested the Bucs 2010 (prior to the season) strength of schedule was .480 and their 2011 strength of schedule is only .496 according to ESPN which is still below .500 so, in all actuallity their schedule hasn't gotten that much tougher.
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    iam a huge bucs fan living in MN. cant wait to go to another game. Last time Rookie caddilac had an awsome game and Greasie was the Qb. cant wait to see Freeman, Blount, Mike .GO BUCS
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    Spartan, I agree. Fantasy Friggin Football????? Give me a break. I love the teams we play next year. Who wants to see the Bucs play the Lions or Jax>? Nobody....except us. Next year we'll be playing some sexier teams and it'll be a lot more fun to watch IMHO. Also, I'm guessing our fans will come out to see more Bucs Ball with more entertaining teams. Looks like the NFC South will be the powerhouse division next year. Some say that Jax will pick that Stanford QB (are they 32nd?). The days of Indie's divisioln ruling the AFC South have passed for now. Interesting....I'm thinking only 12-4 will get us to playoffs next year.
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    I wouldn't get caught up with the schedule. We all know that many divisions flip-flop from year to year. A good team last year might be a bad team this year due to factors like injuries (i.e. Cowboys, Bengals, etc). We played the Cowboys in 2011 but the Saints/Falcons do not. With Romo back, they might be the best team in the NFC East next year.
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    There was an article in the DMN about the Cowboys winning instead of losing against the Eagles' back-ups yesterday and what it cost them---"I'd spend more time fretting over a potential road trip to Carolina in 2011 that turned into a far more difficult game at Tampa Bay with Sunday's win than the change in draft status." That was Tim Cowlishaw if anyone watches "Around the Horn". Nice to see that the Bucs' are starting to get respect around the league!!
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    No one knows by looking at a schedule in advance if it's tough or not football changes every yr. You can't predict injuries an bad play
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    I just hope the gb game is pre-November.
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    Oh.. And for all of you people who keep touting the Buc's weak schedule all of the NFC south played pretty much the same same schedule. (would you rather be the Panthers?) And thinking our schedule is "Tougher" because we were 10-6; in today's NFL there are only 2 games that are determined by where you finish in your division. The other 14 are pre-determined. We Play the 49ers and Cowboys because they both finished 3rd in their division just like us. The AFC South and NFC North are both through the normal rotations. Thats 8 games... The other 6 are our Sister teams in the NFC South. Also the 1999 Rams didnt beat any team with a winning record until they got to the Playoffs. Remember they changed how they schedule games after re-alignment to attempt to even out the scheduling across all teams.
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    Too bad we can't play the nfc west every year! We will face much better qbs in 2011. No delhome, whitehurst,and the likes of troy smith.
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    Nice Home Schedule next year.... Bears, Cowboys and Colts! Fans need to show up to help improve that Home Record!! Did you see a sold out stadium for a CRAPPY Seattle team last night!! You don't think that helps your team to have a loud enthusiastic crowd? No reason not to showup next year and enjoy some football!!
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    Their unemployment rate is much lower than ours. Seattle has lots of military and major corpations supporting that military and also some company called microsoft.
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    The schedule looks tougher on paper for next season. It's been a long time since we've had a prime time game. They definately deserve to get more national exposure. Go Bucs!
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    At least post you made a mistake so my comment doesn't make me look stupid Scott.
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    Good thing the Bucs should be better because this is a much more difficult schedule. Nice to see the Bucs have the Bears at home. Let's hope that Green Bay game comes early in the season.
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    Dez might also be sought after as well especially if Benn isnt ready to go by training camp... first time in a long time we have a loaded offense... if we can get the D to consisntantly play halfway decent this is going to be a scary team for years to come... im so excited, cant wait for next year!
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    Yes tough schedule but one that the Bucs can win some games. and make the playoff's
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    Umm sorry but the Bucs were only 4-4 at home and 6-2 on the road.
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    Kind of sad if you ask me that the Prime Time TV schedule is influenced by Fantasy Football. Pretty tough schedule though.
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