Last week CBSSports, in a quest to rank all 32 NFL teams by the difficulty of their schedule, published their rankings for all four schedules in the NFC South.

The article claims that the Bucs’ easiest stretch comes in the season’s ever-important first three weeks where they will be tasked with taking on the 49ers to open the season at home, the Panthers on the road for a Thursday night match-up in week two and then returning to Tampa with 10 days to prepare for the visiting Giants.

Tampa Bay will then endure a grueling 49-day span between home games that includes four games on the road against the Rams, Saints, Titans and Seahawks, with a forfeited home game in London against the Panthers and a bye week in the mix. In fact, the stretch is so unfavorable that a scheduling official actually apologized for it.

Even so, CBSSports’ difficulty of schedule formula gives the Bucs the easiest schedule in their division, and the 26th toughest schedule in the league, as they will play six games against teams that the Westgate Las Vegas SportsBook doesn’t view as Super Bowl contenders: the Lions, Giants, Cardinals, Titans and two games against the Panthers.

See CBSSports’ full schedule ranking for the NFC South here.

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  1. Every day the NFL and the national media find new ways to sh!t on the Bucs. Hats off to them for creativity I guess.

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  2. Lot depends on whether you think the glass is half empty, or half full. Looking at the teams we play seems pretty good, looking at the order we play them is questionable. Overall I’m optimistic. Go BUC’s

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  3. Thats idiotic. 2 west coast trips, London….what a dumb thing to say. This team will be lucky to go 9-7. We don’t have good players at a lot of positions. Hate to say it but odds are good we have another double digit losing season.

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  4. I stopped firing the loser excuse cannon for the Bucs. This schedule has many, many advantages. Bucs can start fast and finish strong with this schedule.

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  5. If CBS Sports thinks we have an easy schedule, you can bet your last dollar we’ve actually got one of the toughest schedules.

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  6. Is it just me, or is that impossible? I guess it is because of the order we play the games? We have the same schedule as everyone else in our division, so should be even as far as strength. But, we are the worst team in our division from last year, so we should have the toughest schedule! Everyone else in our division gets 2 games vs us, the weakest team, and we have to play all of them twice. We have to have the toughest schedule?

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  7. For starters only exhibition games should be played outside the US.

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  8. LMAO here. Somebody here says the media finds new ways to sh** on the Bucs? Well, its hard not to sh** on a consistent..persistent loser now isn’t is? Start winning and everybody luvs you. Keep losing and you will continue to get..Rotor Rooted! I will correct CBS though. Our Bucs never have an easy schedule. Because Nothing..is ever.. easy for the Bucs.

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  9. Hmm if we have easiest others must be real bitch. Lol. Ours looks tough to me for sure.

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  10. How? They don’t play the Bucs twice.

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  11. According to last years strength wins Bucs have second hardest in division. Falcons hardest. Panthers 3rd and saints easiest. Not sure how they are coming up with easiest.

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  12. I am not going to make excuses for wins and losses.
    Whatever we end up with will be on this organization. If we become winners, they deserve credit. If we end up on the bottom again, they deserve blame.

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    • I agree. On a side note, the excuses made by the Bucs fans, media and owners are what bother me most of all.

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  13. with 16 games the Bucs play 2 teams last lost more games than they did last year, This schedule seems to me brutal when figuring the stretch of away games .
    This article is puzzling.
    Bucs are being screwed by league for some reason I do not believe in accidents .

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  14. With the Bucs being the worst team in the division it should make the other teams strength of schedule a lot easier.

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