What was supposed to be one of the shortest road trips of the season has turned into one of the longest for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the team’s scheduled 2:30 PM flight to Charlotte to face the Carolina Panthers didn’t depart as planned.

The Bucs were ultimately forced to switch to a new plane, but weren’t able to take off until shortly after 10 PM. ESPN’s Jenna Laine reported that the team was forced to improvise and hold team meetings in the airport.

The over seven-hour delay means the team likely won’t land in Charlotte until around 11:30 PM, a less-than-desirable arrival time to play a 1 PM game the next day. The 3-6 Panthers host the 6-3 Buccaneers on Sunday in the second meeting between the two teams this season, after the Bucs won round one, 31-17.

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5 months ago

Of course… How much did the Aint’s pay the airline to delay our flight? I hope the last couple weeks forced everyone to realize what isn’t working and from here on out things get rollin hard in the right direction. Even with a broken heart I have faith!!!

5 months ago

Delay-gate? Ok. So what? Study the formations on the plane or listen to music to ease your mind. This is no excuse as to the outcome of this upcoming game,

Captain Sly
5 months ago

Why is this even news? Did someone call espn’s Jenna Laine and complain about a delay? You made it to your destination, now go out there and take your frustrations out on your opponent. No Excuses Please!