The NFL announced on Monday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Carolina Panthers in London, England in 2019. The actual day and time for the game will be announced in April when the league announces the full 2019 regular season schedule. Tampa Bay is one of five teams playing in the NFL’s International Series this year.

The Buccaneers will be the de facto home team for the divisional match up, surrendering one of their games in Tampa for the upcoming year. Sports fans can visit BetAmerica for the latest gaming odds and information.

For the Panthers, this will be their first time participating in the NFL’s International Series while the Bucs have played two other international games – both in London – against the New England Patriots in 2009 and the Chicago Bears in 2011. Tampa Bay lost both contests and will be seeking its first win overseas in an international game.

The Bucs are coming off back-to-back 5-11 seasons, and will have a new coaching staff in place for 2019 under the leadership of Bruce Arians. Big changes are expected in Tampa Bay this year with the possibility of six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and wide receiver DeSean Jackson departing due to salary cap reasons. The Bucs are cap-strapped this year and releasing or trading McCoy would free up $13 million, while cutting or trading Jackson would save the team $10 million in salary cap space.

Led by Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Evans and quarterback Jameis Winston, who is in his fifth-year option with the team, Arians inherits one of the league’s top offenses, including the NFL’s top-ranked passing attack from 2018. The Bucs will need to sure up their running game, which was among the worst in the league, in 2019, and hope that last year’s second-round pick, Ronald Jones II, can rebound from an awful rookie season.

New Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will be charged with the responsibility of fixing one of the worst defenses in the league in terms of passing yards allowed and points allowed, but he has some talent to work with in Pro Bowl alternate defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who led the team with 12.5 sacks, and linebacker Lavonte David. Pierre-Paul became the first Bucs defender to record double-digit sacks in a season since Simeon Rice last did it in 2005.

The Bucs will have to improve their secondary through free agency and possibly the draft to replace 35-year old veteran Brent Grimes, who departs after a down year in Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay split last year’s series with Carolina, 1-1, losing on the road 42-28 before winning at home, 24-17. The Panthers swept the Bucs the previous season in 2017 and lead the overall series 23-14.

The Panthers are coming off a disappointing 7-9 season that began with a 6-2 record but featured seven straight losses before a 33-14 win against New Orleans in Week 17. That was enough to have Ron Rivera keep his job, but the Panthers will need help retooling their offensive line this offseason and bolstering their defense as long-time Carolina great Julius Peppers retired this offseason.

 

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  1. Outrageous!!!
    A division game? Really?

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  2. They usually picked a non divisional game in the past. Odd choice. Third time for Tampa, first time for Carolina. I know they had to do it to host a Super Bowl in the future… too bad, always harder on the team.

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  3. Wasnt Tampa the “Home” team the past few times? And to make it a divisional game… seems both teams get a neutral site…

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  4. This is garbage.

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  5. The NFL needs stay out of non local markets, that’s all.

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    • Britain’s Buccaneers? If the Glazers ever move the team, I’m betting that’s the destination.

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  6. It seems like any time Tampa has a London game, they are the home team. Does anyone know if being the “home” team has any financial benefit (such as increased gate percentage at Wembley)?

    I just hate to see Tampa lose a home game.

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    • The NFL is a socialism. They mostly share all revenue(TV and tickets, but not stadium naming rights, suites, or sponsorships) and redistribute it. There is a salary cap where Dallas can only spend as much as Buffalo. If your city wants a team, the city has to pay for a stadium, not the owner.

      The true loser in these international games are the local businesses that depend on the crowds. They are compensated nothing by the NFL when they move a home game to Mexico City or London.

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      • The flip side of the taxpayers owning the facility is you get to watch concerts, monster trucks, motor cross, and soccer when the team doesn’t need the facility.

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      • Good points. I looked into it. It appears that 40% of gate revenue goes to the pool of League-wide general revenue. Each respective team keeps the other 60%.

        That leaves me to wonder if the Glazers proactively offer to be the home team because 60% of Wembley gate beats 60% of RayJay revenue easy. If so, that kind of stinks – but given the current state of the team and weak attendance I can see the temptation.

        I’m sure there are other variables to consider, like taxes for example. Quick, we need Trevor to do a Cover 3 on this!

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  7. Using it as a home game sucks.

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    • Bucs were 30th out of 32 teams in home attendance avg las year at 54.4k which is just over 12k less paying customers than the median NFL team (Vikings) at 66.8k. Like teams that don’t go to the playoffs are chosen for Hard Knocks, teams that can’t sell home tickets also become prime suspects for the “home” game. http://www.espn.com/nfl/attendance

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  8. So, if you want to be able to host a Superbowl you have to give up a home game in a different country to get it? So… haven’t we already done that twice with no superbowls thrown our way since this fiasco started?

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  9. Great. Just what this team doesn’t need, a non-home game home game.

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  10. We lose a home divisional game…. wow….

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  11. Why do the Bucs always lose a home game when they play in London. It is another on the long list of why we don’t have attendance. Yet season ticket holders have to pay for pre-season games with one less home game.

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  12. It’s been well-established for weeks/months now that the Bucs had to agree to a home game in the International Series in order to get the Super Bowl in two years. Don’t know why people are grumbling about losing a home game.

    I’m more shocked that the Panthers are the opponent than anything else. That’s what isn’t fair, to lose a home crowd for a divisional game. It’s why we’d only seen one divisional game in the International Series until this year (and weirdly, this year they’ve booked THREE divisional games). The opponent should have been the 49ers.

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  13. Agreed All, losing a home divisional game is Bullshit…it should be a non- divisional game that should count as an Away game for both teams- hell, flip a coin to see who gets to wear their ‘home’ uniforms

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  14. BucWilde, listening to you is like listening to Donnie Trump, you get a couple of things right and everything else wrong.

    Yes the NFL is based partly on socialism as far as revenue sharing is concerned, but I think you got everything else wrong.

    And the revenue sharing is what makes the NFL such a strong product. Not one successful team can overrule the others because they have deep pockets like is done in baseball with the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers.

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  15. BucWilde, if you want to see capitalism at work, wait till you see this year’s season ticket prices.
    I will lay you odds the packages remain the same as last year with one less home game.
    Does that type of capitalism make you happy.

    And yes, us Buc ticket holders are getting hosed losing a division game.

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    • thewbacca wondered what the financial ramifications were for the Bucs always being the “home” team in London. I was answering the question with what I thought was the answer.

      Im not for or against socialism vs capitalism. Our society has both intertwined. Both have their merits and place. Social security, the FDA, highways, the EPA, all branches of the military, fire departments, police departments, libraries, and public education are all great things…and they are programs that are based on SOCIALISM. I wish clean water and health care were in the mix too.

      Free markets and capitalism help ensure innovation and competition based on supply and demand.

      The Glazers aren’t beholden to free market corrections because of the revenue sharing. Raising your season ticket prices is likely based on LEAGUE receipts and growth, not local receipts or results, and the league is growing like crazy. Almost double the rate of GDP last year at 4.9%. Contrary to many people’s beliefs, the NFL grew its revenue steadily for the last 25 years, even through Kneel-gate, Nike-gate, Spy-gate, Deflate-gate, Rae Carruth/AAron Hernandez/Ray Rice/Kareem Hunt/ETC. The international game is another avenue to grow revenue.

      These conclusion were drawn from the salary cap. Salary cap is basically determined by a percentage of gross revenues and at a salary cap of 34 million in 1994 to a projected 190 million for 2019, the Glazers DONT CARE if you buy tickets or not.

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  16. It’s a business, get over it. I bet by week starts at the end of the game too.

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  17. I don’t know why folks are complaining about losing a “home” game when most of our supposed Bucs fans, including many Season Pass Members, don’t attend the games anyway. The real reason for bitching is more likely that this is one less game they can sell their tickets to the opponent’s fans for a profit.

    Me, I’m pretty sure our whole family will be making the trip to London. Got to make sure there are at least a few loyalists cheering for the “home” team.

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    • Cheerio then, old chap!

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    • Am I not your long lost son?? Can
      I come too?

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  18. My hat’s off to you Scubog. No question about it you are the #1 Buccaneer Fan; no one else is close to it on this website. You talk the talk, and walk the walk.

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    • Thanks Horse. I’m sure there are plenty of fans who have devoted much of their time and money following our favorite team. I’ve slowed down a bit as I’ve gotten older.

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  19. BucWild02,tip of the hat to you me Bucco. Well said and written.

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    • Thanks Dr. D!

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  20. scubog, god love you. Maybe I might raid my safety deposit box and join you. Never been to England and always wanted to go. Then hop the train and visit the Nomandy beach where so many of our fine young men died fighting to save all of humanity.

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