The home schedule for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been leaked out prior to the official release at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 19. Here is what we know.

***UPDATED: Tampa Bay will start the 2018 regular season at New Orleans with a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.

Bucs WR Adam Humphries – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs WR Adam Humphries – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

***CORRECTION: The Buccaneers will start the 2018 season on the road, but will host the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in the home opener in Week 2 with a 1:00 p.m. kickoff on Sunday, September 16. Tampa Bay hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3 in a Monday Night Football game with an 8:15 p.m. kickoff.

(A previous version of this story had the Bucs facing the Detroit Lions in the home opener and the Eagles on Monday Night Football, which is incorrect).

The Bucs’ next home game will be on Sunday, October 21 against the Cleveland Browns with a 1:00 p.m. kickoff. Three weeks later, the team returns to Raymond James Stadium to face the Washington Redskins on Sunday, November 11, also at 1:00 p.m.

Tampa Bay hosts the San Francisco 49ers at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, followed by three NFC South games to finish out the home slate – all with 1:00 p.m. kickoffs. The Bucs host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, December 2, and then square off against the New Orleans Saints the next week on Sunday, December 9. Tampa Bay ends the 2018 season at home against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, December 30.

We now have reports of the full schedule leaked. Working to find times, but most will still be at 1:00 p.m. eastern.

All games are in Eastern Time. Stay tuned to PewterReport.com for more Bucs 2018 schedule developments.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 27th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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Crook
Crook
4 years ago

This has to be incorrect? The Bucs don’t play the Lions this year??

skyrider
skyrider
Reply to  Crook
4 years ago

Preseason

Destino102
Destino102
4 years ago

DOn’t we play the lions in the pre-season? Why would we then play them in the regular season?

AlexanderNascimento
AlexanderNascimento
4 years ago

Great job, guys!!!

Morgan
Morgan
4 years ago

Crystal Ball says 4-12. GM, HC fired. Sorry folks.

Ja'crispy
Ja'crispy
4 years ago

wow Saints, Eagles, and Steelers to start the season? thats a tough 3 weeks.

Ken Grant
Ken Grant
Reply to  Ja'crispy
4 years ago

Just imagine if Jameis is suspended too…

tpeluso
tpeluso
4 years ago

UGH. Was really hoping I wouldn’t have to bake for the Philadelphia game… of course, not gonna get that wish. Couldn’t they at least do a 4:30 kickoff that day? Also bad: No home game between 9/24 and 10/21 means one of two things: 1) Three straight road games, or 2) Early bye. Both options suck.

FLyBoy
FLyBoy
4 years ago

And how accurate is this? I’ve read about three other “leaked” schedules and no one has the same.

BUC-ASS-BOB
BUC-ASS-BOB
4 years ago

Maybe it is just me But looking at that schedule there is only 2 teams not serious about winning Cleveland and Cincinnati , Even with being at the bottom of division Bucs content with all their players and coaches give them all raises ,picked up a couple players other teams did not want, now how does any one think they going to deal with this schedule I do not remember any schedule near this tough before Giants and Cleveland making big changes to get better Bucs maybe will get a starting DB in draft, My opinion this team needed big… Read more »

Schwifty9
Schwifty9
4 years ago

If this is accurate, that is an absolutely brutal first 3 games.

Buc76
Buc76
4 years ago

Wonderful..1-3 at the BYE….no better than 7-9 or 6-10. SEASON OVER. Forget it!!

dfk68
dfk68
Reply to  Buc76
4 years ago

My thoughts exactly. 1-3 and the bye, players will start to lose interest with “here we go again.” Coaches will say “we have to figure it out. cavalry isn’t coming.” Personally I think the cavalry was already here. He was just too expensive and went to Oakland.

tpeluso
tpeluso
Reply to  dfk68
4 years ago

I don’t think the money was the problem; I think the Glazers would’ve gladly paid Gruden $10 million per. What they balked at was the contract length (10 years fully guaranteed is INSANE in a win-now environment like the NFL).

chefboho
chefboho
4 years ago

Well, we shall see how this new look defense will go early on. Three exceptional offenses coming our way. 2-2 would be possible in the first quarter, just not probable without improvement in every facet of the game. Let’s go Bucs!! Time to get motivated. You have the super bowl champs coming home!

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

My goodness what a bunch of “woe is me” fans we have following this team. The only new information presented here is the dates/times of the opponents we’ve known about for months. While other team’s fans predict undefeated seasons; our entourage of cesspool divers doubts the Bucs can even muster a win or two. Having experienced the original 1979 “Worst to First” season (poster on my wall); I can assure you there will be teams (see 2017 Rams and Jaguars) who will exceed all expectations and others now thought to be juggernauts, who will fall flat on their asses. No… Read more »

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
4 years ago

No Thursday night game! That is good news. IMO the NFL should stop ALL THURSDAY NIGHT GAMES.

Buc76
Buc76
4 years ago

Actually overestimated. They really could be 0-5 going into the Cleveland game. Chicago will be better and after an 0-3 start we may lose to them. Quit being a bunch of homers and realize this team does not have an NFL head coach. He never should have been hired in the 1st place as the head coach. Didn’t earn the job. Accomplished nothing to get it.

Mike.Seven
Mike.Seven
Reply to  Buc76
4 years ago

With no improvements in free agency except for JJP who I think is shot and will be average or below and the loss of Hargraves, Improvements in Clevland and Chicago this team is seriously looking at 0-16 next year The head coach has never been involved with a winning team even as an OC. Who makes a head coach out of an Offence coordinator that won the first pick in the draft with the worst offence in NFL. This stuff does not make sense in the real world.

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

Apparently FAN means Find Anything Negative. You two need to get another pastime. Perhaps volunteering to visit folks in hospitals and telling them they are goners.