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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2016 regular-season schedule, released on Thursday by the National Football League, is highlighted by two primetime divisional matchups: a Monday Night Football contest at Carolina in Week 5 and a Thursday Night Football clash with Atlanta at Raymond James Stadium in Week 9. The Buccaneers will play five 2015 playoff teams during the 2016 regular season, including a home game against the Super Bowl 50 Champion Denver Broncos.

Tampa Bay’s regular season begins with back-to-back away games – the first time since 1998 that the Buccaneers have been originally scheduled to open on the road for two consecutive weeks (the team did so in 2001 following the NFL’s rescheduling of Week 2 contests).

In Week 1, the team faces the Atlanta Falcons. The game marks the first time that Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith will return to the Georgia Dome sidelines, where he served as the Falcons’ head coach from 2008-14. The Buccaneers swept last season’s twimage003o meetings.

In Week 2, the Buccaneers make their first of three separate West Coast trips this season, taking on the Arizona Cardinals on September 18. The Buccaneers and Cardinals have a 9-9 record against each other and Tampa Bay can even its road record in the series to 4-4 with a win.

The Buccaneers return to Raymond James Stadium with a pair of late afternoon games in Weeks 3 and 4. The regular-season home opener will take place on September 25, with the newly relocated Los Angeles Rams coming to Tampa for a 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff. This year marks the fifth consecutive year that the Rams and Buccaneers have played one another (2012-16).

On October 2, also at 4:05 p.m. ET, the reigning world champions come to town, as the Buccaneers host the Denver Broncos. The game marks only the fourth time overall, and first time since 2004, that Denver has visited Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers then travel to face the Carolina Panthers in Week 5 on Monday Night Football, marking the second consecutive week that Tampa Bay plays a Super Bowl 50 participant. The team has won its two most recent Monday Night Football appearances – against Indianapolis in 2011 and against Miami in 2013.

Following their Week 6 bye, the Buccaneers go back to action in Week 7 with a road game against the San Francisco 49ers. The visit marks the first time Tampa Bay will play in Levi’s Stadium.

Tampa Bay then returns to Raymond James Stadium for a three-game home stand, beginning with the Oakland Raiders on October 30. The Buccaneers are 1-1 all-time against the Raiders at home.

In Week 9, the Buccaneers play their second primetime game of the season as they host the Atlanta Falcons for Thursday Night Football. When playing the Falcons at home, the Buccaneers hold a 14-10 advantage.

Next, Tampa Bay takes on the Chicago Bears, meeting their old NFC Central rival for the third consecutive year and looking to avenge last year’s 26-21 home loss.

The Buccaneers travel to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 11, in a series where Tampa Bay has a 6-5 overall advantage while owning a four-game win streak (1999, 2004, 2008, 2012).

On November 27, the Buccaneers welcome the Seattle Seahawks. Tampa Bay has won three of its past four meetings against Seattle, with the loss coming in an overtime contest against the Seahawks in 2013.

Heading back west in Week 13, Tampa Bay will face off against the San Diego Chargers, an opponent the Buccaneers haven’t visited since 2004.

Tampa Bay squares off against the New Orleans Saints for the first time on December 11, as the Buccaneers host the NFC South rival and hunt for their first home win against the Saints since 2011.

In Weeks 15 and 16, the Buccaneers play their final road games, first visiting the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, December 18, before traveling to close out their series with the New Orleans Saintson Saturday, December 24.

The regular-season campaign ends at home on January 1 against the Carolina Panthers.

All games will feature a radio broadcast on Tampa Bay flagship stations 103.5 FM WFUS and 620 AM/95.3 FM WDAE, as well as stations throughout Florida that are part of the Buccaneers Radio Network.

This season, the NFL will again utilize “flexible scheduling,” which may be applied in Weeks 5-17. Up to two games may be flexed into Sunday Night Football between Weeks 5-10. A select number of games may also be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.

Flexible scheduling will be used in Weeks 11-17 as usual and it will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday n
ights.

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 where it is applied

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now offering season pass memberships at a wide variety of price points. Memberships start as low as $40 per game for adults and $20 per game for youth. For more information or to speak with a Buccaneers account representative, please contact 866-582-BUCS (2827) or visit Buccaneers.com.

– This report courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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jongruden
jongruden
5 years ago

I’ll be at the Arizona Game

scubog
scubog
Reply to  jongruden
5 years ago

And for whom will you and your fine son be cheering my friend?

jongruden
jongruden
Reply to  scubog
5 years ago

Scu- Your really trying to get me killed by posters on this site if I say the Cards, so I will be cheering on the Bucs, as for my son he hasn’t been a Bucs Fan since 2012 the Freeman, McCown yrs were hard to watch for his age

fredster
fredster
5 years ago

Prime time against Panthers. Man I despise that team. I’d love nothing more than to beat them and see Cam pout again like after the Super Bowl!

fredster
fredster
5 years ago

First 5 games are going to be tough ones. Be happy to be 2-3 five games in looking at that schedule. Yikes.

RudeGuy
RudeGuy
Reply to  fredster
5 years ago

Time for the Bucs to put on the BIG BOY PANTS.

georgehicks
georgehicks
5 years ago

Its about Time that Tampa is getting some well deserved games .Go Bucs

Morgan
Morgan
Reply to  georgehicks
5 years ago

what? they’re chronic losers and don’t deserve to be on national TV

Kevinator73
Kevinator73
5 years ago

I’m absolutely going to the Bucs/Chargers game. It will be my first NFL game as well as first Bucs game. Cannot wait to cheer for my Bucs in person

BIG SERIOUS
BIG SERIOUS
Reply to  Kevinator73
5 years ago

i will be there also Kevinator73

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e
5 years ago

I want to say that it looks like a tough schedule, but I’ve never looked at a Bucs schedule with a franchise QB on my team! Call me crazy, but I think the Bucs have a chance to win every game on that list. Obviously, that’s not gonna happen, but it’s a new day with a maturing Winston at the helm.

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e
5 years ago

I want to say that it looks like a tough schedule, but I’ve never looked at a Bucs schedule with a franchise QB on my team! Call me crazy, but I think the Bucs have a chance to win every game on that list. Obviously, that’s not gonna happen, but it’s a new day with a maturing Winston at the helm.

Morgan
Morgan
5 years ago

3-13, Koetter of Idaho State Univ gone after one season….. Sep. 11 @-- Atlanta Falcons (1:00 PM) — LOSS Sep. 18 @-- Arizona Cardinals (4:05 PM) — LOSS Sep. 25 Los Angeles Rams (4:05 PM) — WIN Oct. 2 Denver Broncos (4:05 PM) — LOSS Oct. 10 @-- Carolina Panthers (Mon 8:30 PM) — LOSS BYE Oct. 23 @-- San Francisco 49ers (4:05 PM) — LOSS Oct. 30 Oakland Raiders (1:00 PM) — LOSS Nov. 3 Atlanta Falcons (Thu 8:25 PM) — WIN Nov. 13 Chicago Bears (1:00 PM) — LOSS Nov. 20 @-- Kansas City Chiefs (1:00 PM) —… Read more »

Morgan
Morgan
Reply to  Morgan
5 years ago

EDIT: FINAL RECORD 3-13

johnnybuc1
johnnybuc1
Reply to  Morgan
5 years ago

You’re INSANE! Either that or you just don’t know football.

Morgan
Morgan
Reply to  johnnybuc1
5 years ago

Homer

jshumaker
jshumaker
Reply to  Morgan
5 years ago

Hey troll go visit another website. Everybody that reads PR is a homer in case you haven’t noticed

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

Try to control your enthusiasm and positive attitude Morgan.

macabee
macabee
5 years ago

I don’t really care about predictions until after preseason, but for anyone interested in ESPN,s early prediction – they’ve got the Bucs going 8-8 after a 1-4 start. Enjoy!

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/15204630/2016-nfl-schedule-season-predictions-analysis-regular-season-picks-games

macabee
macabee
5 years ago
wnb0395
wnb0395
5 years ago

Cant wait for the Bucs-Chiefs game. It will be a great game to be at.

pinkstob
pinkstob
5 years ago

I figured the Falcons would be our first opponent since we have their coaches. It should be a fun game to watch. In general, the schedule looks just as tough now as it did when we learned who our 2016 opponents would be after the last season ended. We’ll how much the view changes after the draft but since I don’t think there will be many players from this draft class that will have an immediate impact I think what we see now is pretty much what we’ll get this year, barring significant injuries.

jme0151
jme0151
Reply to  pinkstob
5 years ago

I don’t know about that Pink. DL at one would surly rotate in for many snaps. Corner would get every opportunity to start on outside or nickel.
OL or Safety most likely would be an extra…learning year. Could be a strange draft with so many talent equal players. It will be a better year. Go Buc’s.

jongruden
jongruden
5 years ago

I think 8-8 would be a huge success with this team after going 6-10 with a cream puff softball schedule this yr, if I say 5-11 is realistic I will get killed for not being a fan I don’t know football etc so here you go guys we will go 13-3 this yr onto the NFC CHamionship

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Trying to predict a season record before the draft and the preseason is completed is a work done by fools.
Thanks for your sterling efforts and representation Morgan.
I’d like to see the Bucs whip Newton and the Panthers once this coming season so we can see him cry and sulk like a big baby.
Then we can watch his coach enable his bad behavior again by telling everybody we just don’t understand Newton because a player who has no class when he is winning is certainly going to have very little when he loses.

georgehicks
georgehicks
5 years ago

I think Tampa has a chance to do better in 2016. Look at how close they came last year. Tampa will do a whole bunch better than alot of fans think. They will win more games then they loose. Go Bucs

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