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    • LIBucsFan93

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      Odds are the Home opener is either the Giants or Saints. If Brees retires then the favorite would be the Giants.

      The ultimate curveball would be, God Forbid, at New England. What say you?

    • RHBucsFan

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      I’m more curious as to what they decide with attendance for next year.

    • DEBUCSOWN

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      The opener is @ home so @ new England week 1 is not possible

      • LIBucsFan93

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        Why is That? the last time a Super Bowl Champion didn’t open the season at home was the Bucs. We opened away against the Eagles.

        Bucs Patriots would be a marquee opener drawing huge TV audience to kick off the season. I wouldn’t put it past the NFL schedulers.

    • buc_boi

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      Saints

    • seekpar

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      Gotta be the Saints at RJS. Even if Brees is retired, which is very likely, there’s the intrigue of Winston at QB for some of the snaps. And the division rivalry.

    • BuccaNOLEer

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      Here’s our opponents for 2021:

      https://www.buccaneers.com/news/bucs-2021-opponents-nfl-information-nfc-afc

      Hopefully it’s the Saints, Bears, Cowboys, Bills or Dolphins.

    • Lawdy

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      my moneys on it being the saints at home too

    • Tampa Bay Todd

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      Saints at home vs Winston seems like it’s a no-brainer. Although Bears and Cowboys would draw huge ratings too.

      • JC5100

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        Saints are going to pay 3 starting QBs next year?

    • Bucman

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      Im gonna go with the Bears.

    • creamsicles

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      Cowpokes… they’re considered a ratings draw and will be intriguing if they have Dak back.

      • Iowabucfan

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        Agreed about the Cowboys. They were in the Sunday Night opener last Fall.

        Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17

    • theknees

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      The Cowboys are a national snooze. We all tend to think they are relevant but they haven’t been in years. Think about this for a second. When Tampa won their first super bowl, you know, 18 fucking years ago, it had been 6 years since the Cowboys won it all last. No one outside of Dallas gives a fuck about the Cowboys.

      If Winston is the starter in NO, it’s the Saints. Otherwise it almost has to be the Pats.

    • TBChucky

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      Bills?

    • Watchman

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      I have to agree that NO at home makes sense. I would say some other NFC South opponent maybe, but NO seems the logical choice.

      I disagree that there would be national interest in Winston’s return. The only fans that have cared about Winston in the past few years are Buc and Saints fans. At a national level he was headlines for throwing INTs and being suspended. So I don’t think Winston (assuming he’s NO’s starter) returning to TB makes that a must watch game.

      Honestly, opening on the road @ NE is the biggest ratings draw for the NFL. So that won’t shock me.

    • illinoisbucfan

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      I am going to say the Bills…. Up and coming team from the division that Brady owned for years against the Super Bowl Champs….. The media will eat that up!!

    • BucsFan83

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      I think Patriots vs Bucs would be to enticing not to have as the opener. Of course that would screw us again. If we don’t play them in the opener, then I see us playing them sometime during the holidays.

      I think it’ll be the Saints, because that would be the highest possible ratings they would feel they could get for a season opener.

    • SaskBucs

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      I hope it’s the Bears or Saints. I’d be very surprised if Brees is back and Saints should be a different team after sorting out their cap.

      Not that the Bucs need extra motivation but I think they come out for revenge vs both teams. I know they got revenge in the playoffs on the Saints but now that the bully script is flipped, Bucs will wanna crush them.

      Wouldn’t mind seeing the Dolphins earlier in the season either. I think that team is on the rise (assuming Tua proves to be legit). I don’t think they are or will be better than the Bucs next year but would rather see them before they get cohesive as a unit.

      • TCB2W!

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        I don’t know if it matters when we play the Dolphins. My good friend who has been a lifelong Dolphin fan feels he is the second coming of Marcus Mariota. He is afraid to take the shots or throw in tight windows. He said the contrast between him and Fitz was enormous. But if the game was on the line, he would have taken Fitz all day. He also was 100 percent behind trading back Houston’s picks, Tua, and another 1st next year for Deshaun Watson.

    • TheChronicHotAir

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      Not an “opener”, but Bucs at REDSKINS (yeah, I said it) is now interesting– FitzMagic and Adam Humphries..

      I could totally see TB at NE as the opener- if the NFL gauranteed a favorable schedule in other ways.

      • creamsicles

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        If we weren’t coming off of COVID, I could envision it; however it would be a shame to deny the home crowd a chance to celebrate in week 1 after not being able to fill the stadium last year.

    • Wutt

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      I’m hoping Bucs vs Saints, punch Jameis right in the mouth to start the season.

    • seekpar

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      Yes, that would be a beautiful thing to see. Just make it a home game so I can see it in person.

    • m_j

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      looks more and more like cowboys, or ev. bills

      • BucsSavant

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        looks more and more like cowboys, or ev. bills

        My guess would be one of
        These 2, or the saints. I would go with bills

      • LIBucsFan93

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        The Bills seem to be the consensus now. If we are gonna play the Bills then I guess its better to get them early in the season.

    • Richie Cartman

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      Won’t be the Bills. Looks like there was a leak that it won’t be until December 12th. Bears are playing on Sunday night football against the Rams so they are out as well. Most likely Saints or Cowboys now.

    • BucsSavant

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      Won’t be the Bills. Looks like there was a leak that it won’t be until December 12th. Bears are playing on Sunday night football against the Rams so they are out as well. Most likely Saints or Cowboys now.

      I saw that….they love thrusting Dallas in the national spotlight, despite their longstanding irrelevance. Guessing it’s them now.

    • TBChucky

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      Bring on the Cowgirls!!

    • Richie Cartman

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      Reading on twitter that Bucs at Patriots will be week 4 October 3rd on SNF.

    • TCB2W!

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      Dallas 100 pct. No one else.

    • BuccaNOLEer

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      It’s official. We’re opening against Dallas.

    • TheChronicHotAir

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      Official: GB at New Orleans, Week 1
      4:25 PM

      We’re NOT playing the Saints.

    • TheChronicHotAir

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      It’s official. We’re opening against Dallas.

      Source?
      Not doubting that at all.

    • DEBUCSOWN

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      Dallas indeed.

      How bout them cowboys?!

    • BuccaNOLEer

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      Week 4 is a road trip to New England on Sunday Night Football. PRIME TIME BABY!!!!!

    • TheChronicHotAir

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      Opened with Dallas ’09
      Raheem’s 1st game

    • BuccaNOLEer

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      It’s official. We’re opening against Dallas.

      Source?
      Not doubting that at all.

      My sources are notifications from my Bleacher Report App. The schedule is being released today.

    • JC5100

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      It has to be Dallas because all of our other opponents had their Week 1 games leaked. Dallas is the only one not leaked.

    • DEBUCSOWN

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      @ NE SNF week 4 as well!

    • JC5100

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      I’m surprised Fox let that happen. They lost Cowboys @ Bucs and Bucs @ Patriots, two of their biggest rating games.

    • Donkey_Hunter

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      I’m surprised Fox let that happen. They lost Cowboys @ Bucs and Bucs @ Patriots, two of their biggest rating games.

      Yeah. I was a bit shocked too.

    • seekpar

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      That’s going to be a fun Thursday night! Can’t wait to head over to RJS and watch the Bucs pummel the Cowpukes in prime time! Let’s see that Super Bowl Championship banner unfurled as well! Ole Jerry be green with envy!

    • Richie Cartman

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      I saw a leak that the game at Eagles will be week 6 on Thursday Night. Also the Giants home game will apparently be a primetime game but not sure what it will be. Probably Monday night again.

    • Richie Cartman

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      Bucs @ Saints Week 8 at 4:25 PM EST on Halloween.

      Saints & Bucs Week 15 on Sunday Night Football again.

    • Biggs3535

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      The Cowboys are a national snooze. We all tend to think they are relevant but they haven’t been in years. Think about this for a second. When Tampa won their first super bowl, you know, 18 fucking years ago, it had been 6 years since the Cowboys won it all last. No one outside of Dallas gives a fuck about the Cowboys.

      If Winston is the starter in NO, it’s the Saints. Otherwise it almost has to be the Pats.

      It’s like the sun rising in west. Whatever this dipshit says, you can bank on the opposite happening.

    • theknees

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      It’s like the sun rising in west. Whatever this dipshit says, you can bank on the opposite happening.

      You’ll figure it out someday Biggs. Clearly you are a little slow on the uptake.

    • jcaulfield8

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      Ah yes , the classic “its opposite day” excuse.
      we all believe you knees that you knew better.
      youre not a clown at all in any way.

      psst- see what i did there?

    • Roy

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      I’m very concerned about this schedule. Exhibit A: Miami. I see that game as possibly the biggest chance for a loss. WFT, Atlanta, Philly.

      I see this schedule full of hungry teams looking to take the next step and spoil the Bucs “Run it Back” victory tour.

    • BucsSavant

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      I’m very concerned about this schedule. Exhibit A: Miami. I see that game as possibly the biggest chance for a loss. WFT, Atlanta, Philly.

      I see this schedule full of hungry teams looking to take the next step and spoil the Bucs “Run it Back” victory tour.

      Worried about a big letdown/coming out flat after Brady’s big homecoming the week before? I suppose. It’s at home at least. Bye is week 8….more or less exactly where you want it. I would be pleasantly surprised if the team went 17-0, but looking over the schedule as of today there isn’t a single game I would circle for a loss. Carolina twice late…if they improve as some think they might possibly will be looking to play spoiler.

    • seekpar

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      @LA Rams, @Miami, @Colts, Buffalo…I think there could be two losses within these four games. And there could be one stinker somewhere else, kinda like the Bears/Saints games last season. 14-3.

    • theknees

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      Ah yes , the classic “its opposite day” excuse.
      we all believe you knees that you knew better.
      youre not a clown at all in any way.

      psst- see what i did there?

      You’d have to be not paying attention at all to think otherwise.

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