The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had quite the glow this offseason. The last time we saw Bruce Arians' club on the field, Jameis Winston was the franchise's leading man under center and the former No. 1 overall pick was throwing interceptions every which way. With that glaring need to improve at that position, the Bucs headed into free agency and hauled in the biggest fish imaginable in Tom Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion elected to leave the Patriots after twenty years with the franchise to head down to Florida to join the Bucs. Not only was Tampa Bay able to haul in Brady, but legendary tight end Rob Gronkowski also came out of retirement to join the Buccaneers, who traded for his rights with New England.
The Bucs have completely smashed open a Super Bowl window and now we know the road that could potentially lead them to Super Bowl LV, which just so happens to take place at Raymond James Stadium. The NFL has released its regular season schedule and below you'll see a week-by-week breakdown along with a list of prime-time games and where they rank in terms of strength of schedule.
- Week 1, Sept 13: at Saints (4:25 p.m. ET on Fox)
- Week 2, Sept. 20: vs. Panthers (1:00 p.m. ET on Fox)
- Week 3, Sept. 27: at Broncos (4:25 p.m. ET on Fox)
- Week 4, Oct. 4: vs. Chargers (1:00 p.m. ET on CBS)
- Week 5, Oct. 8: at Bears (8:20 p.m. ET on Fox, NFL Network and Amazon - Thursday Night Football)
- Week 6, Oct. 18: vs. Packers (4:25 p.m. ET on Fox)
- Week 7, Oct. 25: at Raiders (8:20 p.m. ET on NBC - Sunday Night Football)
- Week 8, Nov. 2: at Giants (8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN - Monday Night Football)
- Week 9, Nov. 8: vs. Saints (8:20 p.m. ET on NBC - Sunday Night Football)
- Week 10, Nov. 15: at Panthers (1:00 p.m. ET on Fox)
- Week 11, Nov. 23: vs. Rams (8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN - Monday Night Football)
- Week 12, Nov. 29: vs. Chiefs (4:25 p.m. ET on CBS)
- Week 13: BYE
- Week 14, Dec. 13: vs. Vikings (1:00 p.m. ET on Fox)
- Week 15, Dec. 20: at Falcons (1:00 p.m. ET on Fox)
- Week 16: TBD: at Lions
- Week 17, Jan 3: vs. Falcons (1:00 p.m. ET on Fox)
After taking on the New Orleans Saints in the opener, the Buccaneers will open up Raymond James Stadium in Week 2 when they host another NFC South rival in the Carolina Panthers. This game obviously had a bit more juice than other home openers as this will be the first game that Tom Brady will play in his new stadium after signing with the Bucs this offseason.
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As noted above in the week-by-week schedule rundown, the Buccaneers will be playing five prime-time games in 2020. Two of those will be at home, while they'll be packing their bags and heading on the road for three of them. In 2019, Tampa played just one prime-time game, which was a Thursday Night Football win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 2.
Week 5 through Week 11 will be particularly tough for Tampa Bay as they'll play in prime time in five of those seven contests. In that stretch, the competition may not be too daunting, but they'll still square up against the likes of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, the Raiders in Vegas, and Drew Brees with his Saints on Sunday Night Football.
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Strength of schedule
Earlier this offseason, John Breech broke down the 2020 strength of schedule for all 32 NFL teams based on combined opponent winning percentage in 2019. After finishing behind the Saints and Falcons in the NFC East, the Bucs are tied with Colts for the 16th easiest strength of schedule in 2020. For a complete look at every team's strength of schedule, check out Breech's breakdown here.
However, when basing strength of schedule on the over/under win totals for each team's opponents during the 2020 season at William Hill, the Buccaneers are looking at the eleventh-easiest scheduled, tied with the Dolphins and Seahawks. For a complete look at every team's strength of schedule using this methodology, check out Jared Dubin's full breakdown here.