Bucs must improve against an tougher later schedule

by Gary Shelton on April 15, 2016 · 2 comments

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Friday, 6 a.m.

Improvement won't come easy for the Tampa Bay Bucs.

The Bucs play the Super Bowl champ, the Super Bowl runner up (twice) and the NFC runner-up in the coming season. Six of the Bucs' opponents won double-digit games.

The NFL schedule was released Thursday, including back-to-back games to open the season. There are also two prime-time games.

The Bucs open their season in Atlanta, an 8-8 team that was swept by the Bucs a year ago. They then travel to Arizona to play the Cardinals, who were 13-3 a year go.

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Tampa Bay comes home in week three to play the newly transplanted Los Angeles Rams. The Rams traded for the NFL's No. 1 pick in the draft on Thursday.

After that, the Bucs play against the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. Following that is a Monday night game at the Super Bowl runners-up Carolina Panthers.

The Bucs have a bye in week six, then travel to San Francisco. After that, the Bucs play three games in a row at home: Oakland, Atlanta and Chicago. The Bucs then go to Kansas City, then return home to play Seattle.

After that are games against San Diego, home against New Orleans, at Dallas and at New Orleans. The Bucs finish their season on New Year's Day against Carolina.

The Bucs play prime time games against Carolina and Atlanta.

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Richard Kinning April 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Is it just me or does the regular season keep moving back further? I would like the season to start Labor day weekend again, but the NFL did not listen to me about their tackling rules so I don’t expect to hear from them about this either.

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Gary Shelton April 24, 2016 at 9:22 pm

Hi Richard. Good to hear from you. The NFL, for some weird reason, is scared to death of the Labor Day Weekend. That’s why there have been years that the Super Bowl has leaked into February. If I ran the league, I’d be confident people would watch on Labor Day weekend, but the league swears its research says otherwise. But I know there have been plenty of days that weekend that I’ve itched for a game.

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