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December 30, 2012 @ 7:55 pm
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As Bucs Finish Fourth In NFC South, A Look To The 2013 Foes

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Scott Reynolds


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Here is a look at the teams the Bucs will be playing in 2013. The Buccaneers, Saints and Panthers all finished the 2012 season with a 7-9 record and a 3-3 mark in the division, but Tampa Bay finished fourth in the NFC South due to a 4-8 mark in conference games, while New Orleans and Carolina posted 5-7 records in the NFC.
The Buccaneers finished the 2012 season with a 7-9 record, going a disappointing 0-4 against the NFC East opponents, posting a 3-1 record against AFC West opponents and going 3-3 against the NFC South by virtue of winning at Atlanta, 22-17, on Sunday. The Bucs split the series with the Falcons 1-1, were swept by the Saints, but did sweep the Panthers. All four teams in the NFC South finished with 3-3 records within the division.

Although Tampa Bay’s 2013 NFL schedule is not yet known in terms of times and dates, the Buccaneers do know which teams they will be facing next year now that the 2012 campaign has concluded. Aside from its usual slate of NFC South opponents, Tampa Bay will be playing teams from the suddenly rugged NFC West and AFC East next year.

The Bucs will host Arizona (5-11), San Francisco (10-5-1), Buffalo (6-10) and Miami (7-9) in addition to Atlanta (13-3), Carolina (7-9) and New Orleans (7-9).

The Bucs will travel to St. Louis (7-8-1), Seattle (11-5), New England (12-4), and New York to play the Jets (6-10), in addition to visiting Atlanta (13-3), Carolina (7-9) and New Orleans (7-9).

By virtue of finishing fourth in the NFC South, the Buccaneers will host the Eagles from the NFC East and will travel to Detroit to face the Lions from the NFC North. Both Philadelphia (4-12) and Detroit (4-12) finished fourth in their respective divisions. The Bucs lost to the Eagles three weeks ago at Raymond James Stadium, 23-21.

Of the opponents the Bucs will be playing in 2013, five games will feature teams that have qualified for the 2012 playoffs. Atlanta (twice), New England and San Francisco were division winners this year, while Seattle also earned a postseason trip as a wild card team.
The 2013 NFL schedule complete with dates and times typically comes out in April prior to the NFL Draft.
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    bucs showed trmedous growth this year.... things are looking up. we need a few pieces of the puzzle.2 cornerbacks, a right tackle, a backup for doug martin,,, the lines suffered greatly from injuries... they'll be tougher than ever. we now have the best offense in bucs history, with freeman, martin, williams and jackson...i hope they resign dallas clark.lorig and stocker are improving. GO BUCS !!
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    The Bucs are 3 or 4 players away from being a top notch contender IF Freeman learns to put a little touch on his short passes and throw the fade in the end zone.
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    Scott, when is PR going to get an app for iPhone to make it easier for us to access this great site?
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    I bought season tickets yet live in SC. I won't be able to make many games and will sell my seats on a per game basis. I'm 6 rows back, upper level in 339, 4 seats almost on the aisle, but NOT blocked by people going up and down on the stairs. If anyone is interested, contact me.
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    JonnyG: Are you going to travel with the Cardinals to Tampa? I've always thought it was silly to try to predict strength of schedule and wins/losses of the upcoming slate of games. I'll bet a lot of folks had Indy down for a sure win and the Giants down as a sure loss. We'll probably get some people who will believe the Bucs have a weaker schedule because of their record. But in truth, that old "5th place finisher schedule" no longer applies. It's only two games based on where the team finished in the Division. Not the most attractive list of home games to sell tickets to the out of towners who actually live here. But there are some area fans who never switched from the Dolphins when we got our own team and there are a lot of transplants from Buffalo who used to be quite vocal when they were going to (but losing) the Superbowls.
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    One thing I saw in 2 full qtrs and about 3 minutes in qtr #2. That one thing for sure. If all the coaches coming back espically Offensive that runs the plays there must be more short passes the long and third killed the bucs espically Tampa couldnot get in several times over the season. I hope Tampa get that CB from Atlanta if he release, Re sign Bennet at all cost.Give him Big Money He deserves it Owners!,Alos in the draft Tampa needs CB-draft-Vet CB from FA, a big TE from draft, an Offensive lineman from draft another CB another LB insid eor outside-GO BUCS in 2013.
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    What a great way to end the season, that was great.
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    I believe this team has shown itself and it's fans it expects to compete for and get into the playoffs in 2013! It's always about the Buccaneers playing up to their highest expectations, not about the other teams' records the previous season. I do most definitely see a winning record at home though......! HELL YEA!!!!
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    In 2013, we should be a bit more competitive on the schedule alone. Nobody can predict how the NFL will kook a year from now but home games against Miami, Arizona and Buffalo is a good sign. Then again.. we're the team that others circle as a must win too.
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    Happy New Yr my fellow buc fans. All together a productive year to build upon next year. Lets get some DBs and change the Defensive coordinator!! I'm happy to see that my bucs will be coming up north to face my hometown team of the Patriots. Looking forward to this game as I was not able to visit tampa this year for a game. Tamppppaaa ------->> BaaYYYYYY. Le GO
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    Not a tough schedule. We should at least be true contenders for the playoffs next year. And we draft 13th.
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    It appears we have a tough schedule again next year, but if we play with the same intensity as this year we should be able to get 8-9 wins based on a good draft. I feel good about this team and I hope more players stay in the Tampa Bay area this off season. Go Bucs! You're on you way.
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    Scott, Do you have the draft order? Thanks.
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    The Bucs pick 13th, the Dolphins pick 12th.
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