The NFL released the full schedule for all 32 teams on Wednesday and
Tampa Bay will open to the season on September 7 at home against
Carolina. The Bucs will also travel to Atlanta in a nationally-televised
game on CBS in Week 3. The Bucs close out the regular season with two
straight home games against Green Bay and New Orleans.
The Lovie Smith era in Tampa Bay kicks off at home against Carolina on September 7 at 4:25 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium. The Panthers, who are coached by Smith's former defensive coordinator in Chicago, Ron Rivera, swept the Bucs last season.
The Bucs' first away game will be the first of a three-week road trip. Tampa Bay plays at Atlanta on Thursday night in Week 3 on September 18 at 8:25 p.m. ET, followed by away games at Pittsburgh and New Orleans.
Tampa Bay's bye week will take place in Week 7, which is later than usual.
Smith, who coached the Bears for nine seasons from 2004-12, will return to Chicago to play his former team in Week 12 on November 23 at Soldier Field.
Two highly regarded newcomers to the Buccaneers this offseason, defensive end Michael Johnson and left tackle Anthony Collins, will play their former team, the Cincinnati Bengals, the following week on November 30 at Raymond James Stadium.
The Bucs conclude the 2014 campaign with two home games in Week 16 and Week 17 against Green Bay and New Orleans, respectively. The Saints swept the Bucs last season, including a season-ending loss for Tampa Bay at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in 2013 that led to head coach Greg Schiano's firing after a 4-12 season.BUCCANEERS 2014 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULEWeek 1 - September 7 - PANTHERS - 4:25 pm - Fox
Week 2 - September 14 - RAMS - 4:05 pm - Fox
Week 3 - September 18 - at Falcons - 8:25 pm - CBS
Week 4 - September 28 - at Steelers - 1:00 pm - Fox
Week 5 - October 5 - at Saints - 1:00 pm - FoxWeek 6 - October 12 - RAVENS - 1:00 pm - CBS
Week 7 - BYE WEEKWeek 8 - October 26 - VIKINGS - 1:00 pm - Fox
Week 9 - November 2 - at Browns - 1:00 pm - FoxWeek 10 - November 9 - FALCONS - 1:00 pm - Fox
Week 11 - November 16 - at Redskins - 1:00 pm - Fox
Week 12 - November 23 - at Bears - 1:00 pm - FoxWeek 13 - November 30 - BENGALS - 1:00 pm - CBS
Week 14 - December 7 - at Lions - 1:00 pm - Fox
Week 15 - December 14 - at Panthers - 1:00 pm - FoxWeek 16 - December 21 - PACKERS - 1:00 pm - Fox
Week 17 - December 28 - SAINTS - 1:00 pm - Fox
Tampa Bay home games are in BOLD CAPS
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