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December 29, 2013 @ 10:38 pm
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Buccaneers’ 2014 Draft Order, 2014 Opponents Set

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Tampa Bay's disappointing 2013 season came to a close with a 4-12 record with a 42-17 loss at New Orleans. Now it's time to look ahead to 2014 where the Buccaneers will have the seventh overall pick in the draft and will face teams from the NFC North and AFC North, in addition to the NFC South teams.
While there is great speculation about whether Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano will survive to see a third season after finishing 4-12 in 2013, a couple of things became known about Tampa Bay's future on Sunday night following the team's 42-17 loss to the playoff-bound Saints in New Orleans. The Bucs' 2014 draft order and opponents for next season have been set as Tampa Bay finished the season fourth in the NFC South.

Buccaneers To Have 7th Overall Pick In 2014
By virtue of a 4-12 record, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, which will take place on May 8. The Bucs are one of five teams that finished with a 4-12 record, but because they had the toughest strength of schedule, Tampa Bay picks last among those 4-12 teams in the first round.

1. Houston – 2-14 (.559)
2. St. Louis (via trade with Washington) – 3-13 (.516)
3. Jacksonville – 4-12 (.504)
4. Cleveland – 4-12 (.516)
5. Oakland – 4-12 (.524)
6. Atlanta – 4-12 (.553)

7. Tampa Bay – 4-12 (.573)
8. Minnesota – 5-10-1 (.512)
9. Buffalo – 6-10 (.520)
10. Detroit – 7-9 (.457)
11. Tennessee – 7-9 (.504)
12. NY Giants – 7-9 (.520)
13. St. Louis – 8-8 (.465)
14. Chicago – 8-8 (.465)
15. Pittsburgh – 8-8 (.469)

Minnesota upset Detroit, 14-13, on Sunday to move to 5-10-1 on the season and allowed Tampa Bay to move up one draft spot from seventh to eighth overall in the first round. While the Bucs will be selecting seventh overall in the first round, the draft order changes in the second round as Tampa Bay will be selecting third overall in the second round with the 35th overall pick.

The Bucs have draft picks in every round except for the third and sixth rounds in 2014. Tampa Bay traded its 2014 third-rounder to New York as part of the trade for Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis, and shipped the sixth-round pick to Chicago for reserve offensive tackle Gabe Carimi.

Bucs Finish 4th In NFC South, 2014 Opponents Set
The Bucs’ 4-12 finish, which comes on the heels of last year’s 7-9 finish in Greg Schiano’s first season, and assured Tampa Bay of a last-place finish in the NFC South division behind Carolina (11-5), New Orleans (11-5) and Atlanta (4-12). Both the Falcons and the Buccaneers had 4-12 records and 1-5 records within the division, but Atlanta had a 3-9 mark against NFC opponents, while Tampa Bay had a 2-10 record against NFC foes, which is why the Buccaneers finished behind the Falcons in the NFC South.

Tampa Bay’s 2014 opponents are also set, as the team will be playing the NFC North and AFC North, as well as the traditional NFC South opponents and fourth-place finishers from the NFC West and NFC East.

In addition to NFC South opponents Atlanta, Carolina and New Orleans, the Bucs also host Green Bay, Minnesota, Baltimore, Cincinnati and St. Louis, and will travel to Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Washington, along with visits to division rivals Atlanta, Carolina and New Orleans. Dates and times of those games will be determined by the NFL in April 2014.

Atlanta Falcons – NFC South
Carolina Panthers – NFC South
New Orleans Saints – NFC South
Green Bay Packers – NFC North
Minnesota Vikings – NFC North
Baltimore Ravens – AFC North
Cincinnati Bengals – AFC North
St. Louis Rams – NFC West fourth-place finisher

Atlanta Falcons – NFC South
Carolina Panthers – NFC South
New Orleans Saints – NFC South
Chicago Bears – NFC North
Detroit Lions – NFC North
Cleveland Browns – AFC North
Pittsburgh Steelers – AFC North
Washington Redskins – NFC East fourth-place finisher

The Bucs were swept by New Orleans and Carolina in 2013, and split the series with Atlanta. The only other common opponents Tampa Bay played this past year and will face again in 2014 are Detroit and St. Louis. The Bucs prevailed against the Lions on the road, 24-21, but lost to the Rams, 23-13, in St. Louis.

Tampa Bay will face four playoff teams in 2014 in NFC South division-winner Carolina, NFC North division-winner Green Bay, AFC North division-winner Cincinnati and NFC wild card team New Orleans.

The Bucs wound up playing six playoff teams in 2013 in Carolina (twice), New Orleans (twice), New England, Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco, in addition to a 10-6 Arizona team that just missed out on a wild card postseason berth. The Bucs were 0-9 against those teams this season.
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    We can't even lose right- the difference is from third pick to the seventh...with this staff I see another season of just the same,maybe four or five wins and a hundred excuses as to why...
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    I can't even call that a tough schedule. It's only a tough schedule because we are the Buccaneers. With current staff and QB, 6 wins maybe? (Cleveland, Washington, Atlanta once, Detroit, Rams, Vikings). Not saying we will win that many games, just saying that might be our ceiling.
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    Love playing the North, like old times. Bucs and Bears was always a good game to watch.
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