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After a thrilling, late-game victory over the New Orleans Saints to end the season, the Bucs go into 2018 with a good taste in their mouth. Now that the season is over, not only do we know the team’s final record, but we also know their 2018 opponents, home and away.

While the Bucs are destined to finish last in the NFC South division for a seventh time in the last nine years, it’s important to note that they won’t have a favorable last-place schedule.

Bucs MLB Kwon Alexander - Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR

Bucs MLB Kwon Alexander – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR

The NFL did away with that years ago and went to a more structured model featuring the division opponents twice, one other NFC division, and one AFC division, in addition to two conference games against opponents that finished in the same place in their respective divisions. With the Bucs finishing fourth in the NFC South, next year’s NFL schedule calls for them to play the fourth place finisher in the NFC West division and the NFC North because Tampa Bay and the NFC South teams will play all four of the NFC East teams next year as well as the AFC North teams.

For the Bucs, that  means playing the San Francisco 49ers at home and the Bears in Chicago. That means the Bucs and the Bears – old NFC Central foes – will play each other for the fourth year in a row. After losses at Chicago and Tampa Bay in 2014 and ’15, the Bucs have prevailed at home in each of the last two years.

Bucs’ 2018 Home Schedule
Philadelphia Eagles – 12-2
Washington Redskins – 6-8
Cleveland Browns – 0-12
Pittsburgh Steelers – 11-3
Atlanta Falcons – 9-5
Carolina Panthers – 10-4
New Orleans Saints – 10-4
San Francisco 49ers – 4-10

Bucs’ 2018 Away Schedule
Dallas Cowboys – 8-6
New York Giants – 2-12
Baltimore Ravens – 8-6
Cincinnati Bengals – 5-9
Atlanta Falcons – 9-5
Carolina Panthers – 10-4
New Orleans Saints – 10-4
Chicago Bears – 4-10

One of the takeaways from the 2018 schedule is that it currently features 10 foes with winning records. That could change if Dallas and Baltimore – both of which have 8-6 records – finish with two losses and wind up 8-8.

Half of the Bucs’ 2017 wins have come against the Bears and the Giants, and both are on the schedule for next year, in addition to the winless Browns and likely the 49ers. Of course, Tampa Bay’s biggest challenge will come in the NFC South where they only captured one win.

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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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3 years ago

NFC south showed out securing the 2 wild card spots. Tampa better draft heavy on defense and OL the next couple years, get a new DC (or new system), and redistribute some of the play calling duties. I would like to explain why NFL teams (especially Tampa) don’t use no huddle more often – Jameis is so much better in that style.

Reply to  thewbacca
3 years ago

*I would like someone to explain

Sorry, I hate typos.

Buc 1976
3 years ago

Wow this is a tuff schedule. 2018 GO BUCS!!

Randy H.
3 years ago

You could have taken the time and updated this with the actual records that the opponents finished this year, instead of recycling an article from two weeks ago.

3 years ago

My wife and I are going to pitt vs tb game all I want is a win I have been talking smack for four years about our last win (cause she is a stinklers fan) against them so I want another 4 lol GO BUCS

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