Oct 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) stiff arms Atlanta Falcons linebacker Joplo Bartu (59) in the first half at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Release 2014 Schedule


Just in case you had forgotten about football (God forbid!) and were more focused on baseball or the NHL/NBA playoffs, the National Football League released the 2014 schedule yesterday evening amid grand fanfare. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers find themselves with an interesting 2014 slate, matching up against teams from the AFC & NFC North divisions.

Week (Date)
Opponent
Time (All Times EST)
Network
September 7, 2014PANTHERS4:25 PMFOX
September 14, 2014RAMS4:05 PMFOX
September 18, 2014at Falcons8;25 PMCBS
September 28, 2014at Steelers1:00 PMFOX
October 5, 2014at Saints1:00 PMFOX
October 12, 2014RAVENS1:00 PMCBS
October 19, 2014BYE1:00 PM
October 26, 2014VIKINGS1:00 PMFOX
November 2, 2014at Browns1:00 PMFOX
November 9, 2014FALCONS1:00 PMFOX
November 16, 2014at Redskins1:00 PMFOX
November 23, 2014at Bears1:00 PMFOX
November 30, 2014BENGALS1:00 PMCBS
December 7, 2014at Lions1:00 PMFOX
December 14, 2014at Panthers1:00 PMFOX
December 21, 2014PACKERS1:00 PMFOX
December 28, 2014SAINTS1:00 PMFOX

Some key takeaways from the schedule:

  • The Bucs open and close the season with consecutive home games, leaving the heart of the schedule full of road trips.
  • The Bucs have only one prime time game (Thursday, Sept. 18th at Atlanta), which is not surprising given their 4-12 record from a season ago.
  • Three of the Bucs’ first five opponents are division rivals.
  • The Bucs appear to avoid most cold-weather situations, though they do travel to Chicago on November 23rd and Cleveland on November 2nd. The trip to Detroit in early December will be played indoors.
  • Only 4 teams on the Bucs’ 2014 slate were playoff teams in 2013.
  • Tampa Bay will close the season against some of the top quarterbacks in the league: Matt Ryan, RGIII, Jay Cutler, Andy Dalton, Matt Stafford, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees.

Extremely Too Early Predictions:

  • The Bucs will open the season with wins in 2 of their first three games, but will slide into their bye week with three straight losses.
  • After the bye week, the Bucs will rip off four wins in a row.
  • The win streak will be followed by a three game losing streak at the hands of the Bears, Bengals, and Lions.
  • The Bucs will finish the season on a positive note, winning two of their last three games (Panthers, Saints) to finish the season at 8-8.

 

How do you think the Bucs will do in 2014? What game are you most excited to watch? What is the toughest match-up? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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