The NFL released their league schedule on Thursday evening and schedulemakers have the Bucs opening against the New York Jets September 8 on the road. Tampa Bay has a pair of nationally-televised home games before closing out the regular season at New Orleans.
The NFL released the entire league schedule on Thursday evening and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open the season September 8 on the road against the New York Jets.
If the Buccaneers manage to pull of the trade for Darrelle Revis the former Jet will have an opportunity to face his former team, which create a ton of national buzz. This is the second season in a row that Tampa Bay travels to New York and MetLife Stadium after visiting the Giants last September.
In Week 2, Tampa Bay commences its home slate welcoming the division-rival New Orleans Saints in a late-afternoon kickoff.
Tampa Bay next heads back to the Northeast, this time to face the New England Patriots. Though the game marks only the eighth time that the two teams have met in the regular season, Tampa Bay and New England will also meet during Week 2 of the preseason.
The Buccaneers return home in Week 4 to welcome the Arizona Cardinals. Tampa Bay has a 6-4 series advantage when playing Arizona at home, and leads the all-time series, 9-8. The last matchup between the two teams was in 2010, where the Buccaneers took a 38-35 victory in Glendale.
Following a Week 5 bye, Tampa Bay continues playing host at Raymond James Stadium, as the Philadelphia Eagles return to the Bay Area under the direction of first-year NFL head coach, Chip Kelly.
In Weeks 7 and 8, the Buccaneers play back-to-back divisional games. First Tampa Bay travels to Atlanta on Sunday, October 20, and then the team returns home to host a nationally-televised Thursday Night Football game against the Carolina Panthers on October 24. Tampa Bay swept Carolina in 2012, winning 16-10 at home in Head Coach Greg Schiano's regular-season debut and also taking a thrilling come-from-behind overtime win in Charlotte.
After their first primetime appearance, the Buccaneers will take a trip to battle the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9. Tampa Bay has won each of its past three clashes against the Seahawks, including a 24-7 win following the most recent trip to CenturyLink Field in 2009.
Tampa Bay will return home from the West Coast for a Week 10 meeting with the Miami Dolphins under the lights on Monday Night Football. The Buccaneers last hosted a Monday Night Football game in 2011, where they defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 24-17. The game will denote the first time that the Dolphins have traveled to play the Buccaneers in the regular season since 2005.
The Atlanta Falcons come to town the following week, closing out their yearly series with the Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay then hits the road for the next two weeks, first heading to play the Detroit Lions in Week 12, where the Buccaneers have won four of their past five games against their former NFC Central rival, and then kicking off the final month of the season at Carolina in Week 13.
On December 8, Tampa Bay will clash with the Buffalo Bills at Raymond James Stadium. Head Coach Greg Schiano will see a familiar face across the field, as Buffalo's new head coach and former Syracuse University head coach, Doug Marrone, faced off against Schiano during their time coaching in the Big East.
The San Francisco 49ers come cross country in Week 15 as Tampa Bay's final home opponent of the regular season. It is the fourth consecutive year that the Buccaneers have played the defending NFC Champion, and the game will feature Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson squaring off against his former teammates for the first time.
After having played host to the St. Louis Rams in the pair's previous three tilts, Tampa Bay will travel to St. Louis in Week 15 - the Buccaneers' first time facing the Rams on the road since 2004. The Buccaneers have won six of the last eight series matchups.a
As usual the Buccaneers will close the regular season against a division foe this time December 29 at New Orleans. The Buccaneers have wrapped up the previous two seasons with road trips to Atlanta.
The NFL will again this season utilize flexible scheduling from Weeks 11-17. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights.
A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the affected game. For Week 17, the change may be announced six days before the game. Flexible scheduling is intended to ensure quality matchups on Sunday night in those weeks.2013 PRESEASON SCHESDULEDATE OPPONENT TIME STATIONThurs. 8/8 BALTIMORE 7:30 PM TBA
Fri. 8/16 at New England 8:00 PM FOX
Sat. 8/24 at Miami 7:30 PM TBAThurs. 8/29 WASHINGTON 7:30 PM TBA2013 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULEDATE OPPONENT TIME STATION
Sun. 9/8 at N.Y. Jets 1:00 PM FOXSun. 9/15 NEW ORLEANS 4:05 PM FOX
Sun. 9/22 at New England 1:00 PM FOXSun. 9/29 ARIZONA 1:00 PM FOX
Sun. 10/6 Bye WeekSun. 10/13 PHILADELPHIA 1:00 PM FOX
Sun. 10/20 at Atlanta 1:00 PM FOXThurs. 10/24 CAROLINA 8:25 PM NFLN
Sun. 11/3 at Seattle 4:05 PM FOXMon. 11/11 MIAMI 8:40 PM ESPNSun. 11/17 ATLANTA 1:00 PM FOX
Sun. 11/24 at Detroit 1:00 PM FOX
Sun. 12/1 at Carolina 1:00 PM FOXSun. 12/8 BUFFALO 1:00 PM CBSSun. 12/15 SAN FRANCISCO 1:00 PM FOX
Sun. 12/22 at St. Louis 1:00 PM FOX
Sun. 12/29 at New Orleans 1:00 PM FOX
The Buccaneers are coming off a 7-9 season entering season two under head coach Greg Schiano, and while fans are hoping for a playoff run
most would hope to at the least see an improvement to .500 or even 9-7
but much will depend on if the Buccaneers can address their secondary
with Revis, the draft or possibly both.
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