When the NFL released the schedules for all 32 teams on Wednesday, fans rushed to Twitter to share their opinions on the lineup that their favorite team would face in 2019. For one team though, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was immediately apparent that something wasn’t right.

Something that immediately jumps off of the page includes the Bucs participating in a Thursday night, prime-time, divisional road game against the Carolina Panthers immediately following their home opener against the San Fransisco 49ers. They then return to Tampa to face the New York Giants in Week 3.

The stretch that follows is something out of a scheduling nightmare. Tampa Bay will play their next two games on the road against the New Orleans Saints and defending AFC Champion Las Angeles Rams before heading to London where they will not just forfeit a home game, but forfeit a divisional home game, for their second matchup against the Panthers. The Bucs will then get their bye week in Week 7 before two more road games in Tennessee and Seattle for a breathtaking 49-day stretch between games in Tampa.

Even the NFL’s senior director of broadcast planning and scheduling, Mike North, spoke about the Bucs’ perplexing schedule on Late Hits, a football talk show on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“If we had to do-over, if we had a redo, I’d love to take another shot at that Tampa Bay schedule,” North said. “I’m not sure that’s really fair to their fans. I’m hopeful that we didn’t do something to the Buccaneers that they feel like was really unfair.”

He even added that the scheduling snafu gave Tampa Bay such a rough stretch that he’s actually pulling for the Buccaneers throughout the first half of their season.

“I know we’re not allowed to root for anybody, but I’m kind of rooting for the Buccaneers through October,” North said.

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  1. Too little, too late there Mike.

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  2. Yeah that middle stretch is brutal. I like the matchups for the first three games, even if it is 2 in 4 days. But the NFL should NEVER make a divisional home game a game in London. That is just ridiculous.

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  3. It’s very possible that all five teams in that stretch are playoff teams. Probably at least 3. Bad job.

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  4. Use it as motivation. We get ZERO fucking respect in this league because it hasn’t been earned.

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  5. Like his rooting for us means a God damn thing. I Love how even seeing what a shit job they did they still refuse to admit fault by saying he hopes they didn’t do something the Bucs feel is unfair… Fucking morons… Of course it’s unfair you Idiot…

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  6. Look at the upside… at least over that 7-week stretch, they weren’t scheduled to leave the planet Earth!

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  7. I think this league loves to screw over the Bucs. I can’t point to any concrete proof other than our schedule strength the past few years.

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    • Couldn’t agree more. Last year’s home game against the Steelers there was a critical 3rd down and Vinny Curry was blatantly held on the way to the QB that would’ve disrupted the play and the Bucs get the ball back with good field position. Scheduling is always poor. Officiating is even worse. No shine whatsoever for us.

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  8. That division game at “home” a against the Bucs will be a classic example of the NFL’s screwing the Bucs for years to come.

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  9. NFL did this on purpose,most likely to send message to the Glazzers.

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  10. Quit whining and worrying about more ways this team can lose football games. Biscuitball time!

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  11. Hey NFL.. 🖕🖕Go root for some other team..

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  12. Like I wrote earlier, if this team makes it to .500 or better it is a huge success this year with this schedule.

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  13. Ok so the NFL clearly did a piss poor job with the Bucs schedule.

    But can we stop acting like the Bucs have some massive home field advantage? if anyone has attended a Bucs game at RayJay in the last decade, there is ZERO home field advantage. Pathetic 35,000 in the stands with 10k usually fans from opposing team.

    I will really miss seeing all those empty red seats during that stretch away from the friendly confines of RayJay.

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  14. They would never do that to the Pat’s, and their rub, and tug owner.

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  15. Here’s the deal: I work in a highly technical industry with lots of writing and reporting involved. Mistakes are sometimes made, of course – and even despite the review processes and protections in place, mistakes happen.

    It’s not worth anywhere near as much as the NFL, however. So you can’t convince me that there is any logic behind the fact that this schedule was reviewed by anybody to ‘look good’ and get released. I mean, just a little review less than 48 hours after shows the originators of it that it is in fact not good. At all.

    Really seems like the NFL is primarily focused on their cash-cow teams a little too much in times like this.

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  16. The schedulemakers clearly screwed up on a MASSIVE level when it came to the International Series game hosts, uniformly. Raiders have 7 weeks between home games just like we do. Chargers have 6 weeks, and the Jaguars and Rams 5 weeks. The lesson they hopefully will learn from this is that International games need to be treated as road games for BOTH teams for scheduling purposes.

    That said, we have a right to feel more aggrieved than the others because the schedulemakers do something to dick us over pretty much every year. Giving us an early bye following the most brutal September in history was inexcusable after we lost our first late bye in almost a DECADE because of Irma.

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  17. this is message to Glazers for shooting league parity in the foot.

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  18. Yes our schedule is Brutal. So are a few other teams. I like what SA Greg Popovich once said about his teams brutal schedule….. Nobody feels sorry for you if you play in the snow, in the rain, 1000 miles away, or on a ships deck. To be a champion, you gotta beat the worse and the best..wherever. And if your team has championship pedigreed it will do..just that. So grab some wood Bucs..and attack!

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  19. The demand in these non US markets isn’t there, so what the point in playing the games there?

    Take the preseason international or the pro bowl or even the super bowl but not any regular or play off games where home fans deserve every game.

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  20. So many think the glass is half empty!

    This is a great schedule for a bunch of reasons.

    Starting at home vs SF and while they are freshest, play on TNF at Carolina in week 2. By the way, Carolina plays the Rams week 1. Then the Bucs get 10 days until the next game…at home vs the Giants. That’s 2 out of 3 at home to start the season. They could be 2-1 or 3-0 at this point.

    Week 4-6 is at LA Rams, at Saints, and Panthers in London(as home team). Bucs could lose all 3 and still be at 3-3.

    Bye week 7. This splits the season in half. 4 preseason+6 first reg season=10 last reg season games. Getting healthy and refocusing after losing a few games.

    Week 8-9 are at Tennesee then at Seattle. If the Bucs can win 1 of 2 here, they will be 4-4.

    Weeks 10-17 Team is at .500. Last 5 out of 8 are at home with 4 division games. RayJay in November is always better than RayJay in September. Bucs can win 6 out of 8(Arizona, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Houston, Detroit, and either New Orleans/Indy/Atlanta.)

    There’s 10 wins and a possible playoff berth.

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  21. seems like the NFL schedulers are abandoning Florida in hurricane season…wonder what Miami’s schedule is like during the same period of time…

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  22. Yeah they need to fix that shit before the season starts that way there isn’t any controversy that should be fixing it right now they got plenty of time to fix it why don’t they fix it all a bunch of bulshit by the NFL

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