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April 19, 2011 @ 5:37 pm
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Bucs 2011 Regular Season Schedule

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The Bucs 2011 regular season schedule is out. The season opener will be at home against Detroit. The Bucs will host the Colts on Monday Night Football and the Cowboys on a Saturday night game on NFL Network.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2011 regular season schedule was released on Tuesday night. The Bucs will open the season by hosting the Detroit Lions at Raymond James Stadium. Detroit knocked Tampa Bay out of the 2010 playoffs with a December 23-20 overtime victory over the Bucs.

Tampa Bay is at home for two prime time games. They host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football on October 3. In Week 15 the Bucs will host the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night. Kickoff for both games is at 8:30 PM.

Week 1 Detriot Lions at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM (Sunday 9-11) FOX
Week 2 Bucs at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM (Sunday 9-18) FOX
Week 3 Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM (Sunday 9-25) FOX
Week 4 Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay 8:30 PM (Monday 10-3) ESPN
Week 5 Bucs at San Francisco 4:05 PM (Sunday 10-9) FOX
Week 6 New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay 4:15 PM (Sunday 10-16) FOX
Week 7 Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM (Sunday 10-23) played in London, United Kingdom FOX
Week 8 bye week
Week 9 Bucs at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM (Sunday 11-6) FOX
Week 10 Houston Texans at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM (Sunday 11-13) CBS
Week 11 Bucs at Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM (Sunday 11-20) FOX
Week 12 Bucs at Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM (Sunday 11-27) FOX
Week 13 Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM (Sunday 12-4) FOX
Week 14 Bucs at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM (Sunday 12-11) FOX
Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay 8:30 PM (Saturday 12-17) NFLN
Week 16 Bucs at Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM (Saturday 12-24) FOX
Week 17 Bucs at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM (Sunday 1-1) FOX

Tampa Bay's games in Weeks 10-15 and Week 17 are subject to time changes under the NFL's flex scheduling format.

The last time the Buccaneers had a game in prime time was on Dec. 8, 2008 at Carolina. Tampa Bay lost that game 23-38 on Monday Night Football. The Bucs haven't had two games in prime time in the same season since the 2003 season when they were the defending Super Bowl Champions.

There is more history relating to Monday Night Football and the '03 season in the Bucs' 2011 schedule. The last time the Bucs hosted the Indianapolis Colts was in 2003 and was a notorious night for Tampa Bay as the Bucs blew a huge lead late in the fourth quarter to fall to the Colts 38-35 in overtime. Calling this year's game for ESPN is Jon Gruden, the head coach at the time for Tampa Bay. The loss to the Colts was a severe blow to Tampa Bay's 2003 season that ended in a 7-9 record.

The Bucs game against the Cowboys marks the first regular season game for Tampa Bay on national TV on NFL Network. The Buccaneers home game against Dallas is the final home game of the season at Raymond James Stadium as Tampa Bay concludes the season with road trips to Carolina and Atlanta. The previous visit of the Dallas Cowboys to Raymond James Stadium came in the season opener of the 2009 season. It was Bucs head coach Raheem Morris first game as head coach for Tampa Bay, and the Cowboys won the game 34-21.

The Buccaneers play the defending Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers on the road in November. Other than that game the Bucs do not have a true cold weather game in 2011. Tampa Bay has traditionally struggled in cold weather contests. Morris earned his first victory as head coach of the Buccaneers with a 38-28 win over Green Bay in 2009.

The game against the Chicago Bears is scheduled to be played in London, United Kingdom on Oct. 23, but if the NFL lockout is not resolved by August 1st the game will be moved to Tampa Bay. 

In 2010 the Buccaneers feasted on the NFC West going 4-0. This year the Bucs will play the NFC North, which has produced three of the last four teams in the NFC Championship Game.

Tampa Bay went 6-2 on the road and 4-4 at home last year. The Bucs had one of their 10 wins come against a team with a winning record. It came in Week 17 when the Buccaneers beat the Saints after New Orleans had already clinched a playoff spot and didn’t play their starters for the entire game. 

Last year, Tampa Bay had two close losses late in the game against the NFC South Champion Atlanta Falcons. The Bucs season finale at Atlanta could be a contest with the winner going to the post-season and the loser missing out on the playoffs.
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    Cigarfox: Nowhere did I say the Bucs weren't deserving of every win and even should/could have won the Detroit game and both Atlanta games. My point was that, at least early last season, our opponents probably underestimated the battle they'd be in when playing the mighty 3-13 Bucs. The Bucs still won because they were better than their opponents. But don't you think the other teams were more surprised than we were?
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    I like the schedule because it will tell us without a doubt if our team is heading in the right direction. I like hard fought games and it looks like there will be alot of those this year, hopefully our Bucs come out on the winning side of most of them.
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    OK, I will be the first to say; as of now I don't think the Bucs get the same repeat of wins this year and perhaps no playoffs. I do hope I am wrong though. For one I believe this year's schedule will have stronger teams than the ones they had from last year. Two, as of now, they cannot stop the run and a good draft will not produce significant results for at least a year. (could be wrong I know) Three, Lack of experience. As our Bucs get more exposure the abilities from an emotional level will continue to be strained. This can lead to an increase in" lack of preparation" for each game. Of course anyone can refute everything I mentioned..so could I especially if they sign FA in critical areas. We are so far off from any real information until they play again. Scubog said it best.
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    I like the schedule. I want the labor agreement resolved as soon as possible, but a part of me wants it resolved on August 2 so I can go to another home game.
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    They were competitive last year and I enjoyed watching the games. It was fun that they stayed in the hunt until the end. If they can do the same this year then it will be a good entertaining season full of elation and angst. I really think 2012 is more likely to be when they become more of a dominant team, but am looking forward to this season. They suprised me last year and I hope they do the same this year.
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    Yeah, I thought the Saints pulled their starters after a Brees interception. Love to see a game against the Superbowl Champs, and another shot at the Colts. Watch out for the SF game. It's a possible trap game. Long plane ride after a big Monday night, and I'm sure they haven't forgotten the shut out the Bucs' put on them last season.
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    Last year when the schedule was released most of the so-called experts, including a few on this board, were predicting a three win season. Each year fans peruse the list of opponents and determine which of those foes is a potential victim. I'm pretty sure that last year the mighty Buccaneers were checked off as a win by every other team's fan base. Surprise! We won't sneak up on anyone this time.
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    In the same way the Bucs suprised everyone last year, they could do it again people expect they won't sneak up on anyone. People expect teams to be more prepared for the Bucs, but the Bucs could suprise them again by being legit and by beating .500 and better teams. I don't really buy into the Bucs success bein becauseg teams didn't respect the Bucs. What team did the Bucs sneak up on? Did Cleveland loose because they didn't respect the Bucs? How about Arizona and St. Louis and Carolina and Washington? You can't tell me that they were sneaking up Seattle or NO in weeks 16 and 17. The Bucs won last year because they were better than the teams they beat last year. The Bucs are a beter than .500 teams. plain ans simple.
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    Correction: The 'Aints played their starters for the majority of the game last season.
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    Well guys and Gals The football schedule is out and I like it, espically Tampa plays the Saints with in 3 weeks of each other. I love it because NO is at Tampa late sunday afternoon in the outdoor and weather factor. Plus the next week Tampa plays the BEARS in London, plus Tampa will just happens to play the Saints again after the BYE week and Tampa don't have to play those Saints again on the regular seaso until the playoffs, I don't know about you there is a chance that Tampa could will both games this time. I hope they get this contact resolved and Finally. Tampa Bay will circle this date DEC 17 on National TV at Tampa against the COWBOYS. i hope to be ther in myRED number 40 ALSTOTT JERSEY. Besides Tampa will ahve a better record than the boys on Dec 17. GO BUCS
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    The only unknown now is if we'll have Aqib to open the season. I'd like to see him matched up against Megatron. If he stays with the team at all (and at this point I think he will) we could lose him the first 4 games of the season. S. Rice, R. White and R. Wayne would have been nice matchups.
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    Goodell doesn't like guns. A 4 game suspension would be extremely light. I don't expect Talib to see the NFL turf this year at all.
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    Someone had better mention/show the illegal onside kick that allowed for the comeback to happen. Without that, the team bleeds late but doesn't fold.
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    I'll be the first to go out on that limb. 11-5 if we get a CBA before June 1st, otherwise 9-7. Split with Saints and Falcons, advantage over teams with new QBs and new coaches, revenge against the Lions. Go Bucs!
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    Not ideal at all but could have been worse. POSITIVES: 1.) We play Vikings in Week 2. Whoever their QB is will not have had much time at all to adapt to their new team or the NFL (if it is a rookie). I highly doubt it will be a rookie though and expect to see McNabb in a Vikings uniform.. 2.) Dallas is still somewhat of an older team and playing an older team late in the season (Week 15) likely means a fair number of their players will be injured. They have little depth on oline, which if not addressed in draft and/or free agency, will be positive for us. Felix Jones is injury prone too so more likely he is hurt by this point in season NEGATIVES: 1.) We have to fly all the way out to the West coast after our Monday night game vs. the Colts to play the 49ers. This is particularly disturbing as the 49ers are a team we handled easily last year, but could be a huge trap game given the shortened week and long flight. 2.) We play Green Bay in late November so that could be a cold weather game for sure; conditions that we tend to struggle in as a franchise. 3.) Carolina- Carolina is typically a team we have trouble with. Outside of QB, this is not a horrendous team given their strong oline and running game. The fact that we play them in Week 13 and Week 16 gives whoever their QB is, a chance to get comfortable with the system and get game experience before playing us. 4.) Same applies to Titans in Week 12 as they will likely have a new QB ??? 1.) We play Saints with only 1 opponent in between (Bears game in London). Not sure if that is good or bad.
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    I love this schedule... I hope they get there act together and get a new CBA done cuz this is going to be one hell of a year! GO BUCS!!
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    Who cares. Unless I didn't hear about the labor agreement beig reached? Oh yah, that didn't happen...
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    PoundThat Rock - you are understandably frustrated, but obviously you do care or you wouldn't be on here looking. You were as curious as the rest of us.
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