CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after running for a first down in the second quarter of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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 two 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
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
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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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 email@example.com
I’ll be at the Arizona Game
And for whom will you and your fine son be cheering my friend?
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
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!
First 5 games are going to be tough ones. Be happy to be 2-3 five games in looking at that schedule. Yikes.
Time for the Bucs to put on the BIG BOY PANTS.
Its about Time that Tampa is getting some well deserved games .Go Bucs
what? they’re chronic losers and don’t deserve to be on national TV
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
i will be there also Kevinator73
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.
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
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) — LOSS
Nov. 27 Seattle Seahawks (4:05 PM) — LOSS
Dec. 4 @ San Diego Chargers (4:25 PM) — LOSS
Dec. 11 New Orleans Saints (1:00 PM) — WIN
Dec. 18 @ Dallas Cowboys (1:00 PM) — LOSS
Dec. 24 @ New Orleans Saints (Sat 1:00 PM) — LOSS
Jan. 1 Carolina Panthers (1:00 PM) — LOSS
Final Record: 11-5
EDIT: FINAL RECORD 3-13
You’re INSANE! Either that or you just don’t know football.
Hey troll go visit another website. Everybody that reads PR is a homer in case you haven’t noticed
Try to control your enthusiasm and positive attitude Morgan.
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!
Just for you Morgan, here’s game by game predictions.
Cant wait for the Bucs-Chiefs game. It will be a great game to be at.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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