The 2021 schedule for the Bucs comes out on Wednesday, but Tampa Bay’s strength of schedule is already known. According to the tabulations done by CBS Sports the Bucs have a very easy schedule in 2021.

At least on paper.

Tampa Bay’s strength of schedule in 2021 is ranked 29th in the league. This comes just a day after The Athletic’s initial power rankings for NFL teams put the Bucs on top.

Here is a partial list of the 2021 strength of schedule, showing teams with the easiest records based on last year’s records.

NFL Strength Of Schedule – Opponents Record & Winning Percentage

32. Philadelphia: 117-155 (.430)

31. Dallas: 122-148-2 (.452)

30. Atlanta: 123-148-1 (.454)

29. Tampa Bay: 126-145-1 (.465)

27. Miami: 128-144 (.471)

27. Denver: 127-143-2 (.471)

26. Carolina: 128-143-1 (.472)

The Pittsburgh Steelers (.574) have the hardest strength of schedule in 2021, followed by the Baltimore Ravens (.563) and the Chicago Bears (.550).

After going 11-5 in 2020 en route to winning Super Bowl LV, the Bucs might win even more games in 2021 if this year’s schedule is as favorable as it appears on paper. The franchise record is 12-4, which was set in 2002 – the year when Tampa Bay won Super Bowl XXXVII.

The Bucs will play host to the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and the Chicago Bears in 2021. Tampa Bay will travel to play the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Los Angeles Rams and the Indianapolis Colts. The Bucs have nine road games this year due to the NFL’s new 17-game schedule that was implemented this year. Tampa Bay and all NFC teams will have an extra home game in 2022.

The 2021 NFL schedule with times and dates will be released by the NFL on Wednesday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The Bucs are expected to open the season at home on Thursday Night Football on September 9. Rumored opponents are Buffalo, Dallas and New Orleans.

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1 month ago

The problem with these “Strength of Schedule” charts is that they are based on “old news” that is relatively meaningless now. It just kills me when fans don’t want to give our team it’s due and seek to put an asterisk on the record because of a supposedly “easy schedule.” The old 5th place finisher schedule is a thing of the past. It’s not like any of the teams are college homecoming opponents. As soon as the schedules are released this evening, every team’s fans and the media will predict the wins and losses. Gone are the days when even… Read more »