The playoff-bound Buccaneers concluded their 2020 regular season with an 11-5 record and a second-place finish in the NFC South division behind New Orleans. It’s Tampa Bay’s best finish since the 2005 season when the Bucs also had an 11-5 record, and this year marks the team’s first playoff berth since 2007 when the 9-7 squad won the NFC South division.
Tampa Bay’s opponents for the 2021 season are now known, as the Bucs will be facing the NFC East and the AFC East divisions, in addition to the second-place finisher from the NFC North and NFC West divisions. That means quarterback Tom Brady will return to New England for a game against his former team, the Patriots, that will certainly be on national television.
The Bucs will also face Washington, their first-round playoff opponent, in a rematch during the 2021 season.
Tampa Bay will travel to Los Angeles, which finished in second place in the NFC West with its win over Arizona on Sunday, in 2021 to play the Rams for a third straight time in the regular season. The Rams beat the Bucs on Monday Night Football in Tampa Bay this year, 27-24, and the two teams could face off again in the playoffs if both advance to the NFC Championship Game.
The Bucs will also host the Bears, who finished second in the NFC North division, during the 2021 season. Tampa Bay lost at Chicago, 20-19, on Thursday Night Football in Week 5 this year.
Times and dates for the 2021 schedule will come out in April before the 2021 NFL Draft, which takes place from April 29-May 1.
Bucs’ 2021 Home Opponents
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants
Bucs’ 2021 Away Opponents
New Orleans Saints
Washington Football Team
New England Patriots
New York Jets
Los Angeles Rams
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th 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 line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: email@example.com
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