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The NFL officially announced that there will be an expanded schedule for the 2021 NFL Season, adding a 17th game to each team’s schedule. The Bucs will play the Colts in Indianapolis for 2021’s Week 18 regular season finale, their South counterpart in the AFC and fellow second-place finishers within the division. The Bucs went 6-2 on the road in 2020, then won three straight road games on their way to the Super Bowl.

The current structure includes AFC teams hosting the extra game in odd-numbered seasons and NFC teams hosting in even-numbered seasons for divisional equity. Otherwise the alternative would leave some teams with nine home games while divisional opponents could potentially remain with just eight in a 17-game schedule.

The change has been an expected one as Peter King reported in early March that TV partners and league schedulers were already working under the assumption that the NFL would be playing a 17-game schedule this year, although no official announcement had been made. Super Bowl LVI has also been moved back a week to February 13, 2022.

The Bucs have not played in Indianapolis since 2015, when they lost 25-12. They haven’t won there since 1997, dropping two straight on the road to the Colts since then. Tom Brady, on the other hand, is 11-3 in the regular season and 4-1 in the playoffs against the Colts in his career, winner of his last eight against Indy, two of which have come on the road.

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8 months ago

Tough game to finish the season. Hopefully we already locked up #1 by then.

8 months ago

Now what to do with the preseason.

8 months ago

“The Bucs will play the Colts in Indianapolis for 2021’s Week 18 regular season finale”
I question whether this is true. Has the NFL decided the extra game added to the schedule will be scheduled to end the season? This would seem an odd move, playing the opposite conference games to end the season. I would think the NFL will stick to the current formula of having every team end the season with a division game.

8 months ago

I am obviously happy to get to watch an additional game starting next year year, but I do get that it’s tough for the players. I really think the NFL should just add another Bye week too and everybody wins. Players get more rest, fans get even more games to watch and the NFL gets more revenue.

8 months ago

Let’s see what the preseason schedule looks like. I’d expect some new roster rules, flexibility that they tested this past season as well. Big question is how they do this with a lower salary cap after the bulk of free agent deals were signed. Will be interesting.

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