The NFL released the official list of dates for opponents for 2019 schedule on a Wednesday night. And so, we have decided to take a “tongue and cheek look” at all of the state pro teams schedules and give you the assessment from the point of view of the fan, who thinks his team has been slighted.
So in this case, here we go with the release of the Buccaneers schedule:
First, even the biggest Buccaneer fan would have to concede the schedule maker is doing the Bucs of favor by having them at home for the first time in five Seasons to begin the Bruce Arians era. Tampa Bay will play against the San Francisco 49ers a team that Arians has beaten a bunch in the past.
But there’s not much else positive especially early on with the schedule.
Tampa Bay will play at Carolina just four nights later for Thursday Night Football in a place where the Panthers have had tremendous success against the Buccaneers including in Prime time games.
Then, after getting a game with the Giants at home the Buccaneers will embark on an odyssey, and that’s what it is-an odyssey, of games all over the continent and the globe over the course of the next seven weeks. I
n that time none of the games will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
From the September 22nd home game against the Giants and until Arians goes against his former team the Cardinals on November 10th, the Buccaneers basically leave Raymond James Stadium for two months.
Buccaneers will not play in Tampa from 9/22 until 11/10, a stretch that includes five consecutive road games (two west-coast trips and a London game).
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 18, 2019
And these are not just short commutes. Week four at the LA Rams, the following game against the perennial best team in the South, the Saints, then week 7 in London, England, to rematch Carolina. Next, a bye week on the road at Nashville in a shorter travel situation.
However, the “journey” continues the following week all the way to the Pacific Northwest to play Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in a week nine battle on November 3rd!
Granted, the Buccaneers will play five of their final eight games in Tampa, but will they still have any legs left for that stretch run after all of those tough opponents and the travel?
And it’s also weird for the Bucs that starting December 1st, they have five games in the month but only one of them, the last one against Atlanta December 29th, at home. And, that’s also the only NFC South game to close out, to try to make up ground potentially in a wildcard battle, and (don’t laugh) a possible division chase.
Three of the December games are against the AFC South, including having Andrew Luck and the Colts in on December 8th and J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans in town for the weekend of December 21 – 22. In both of those cases, those teams are likely playoff contenders in must-win mode in the other conference.
With plenty of ammunition above, you can see where a Buccaneer fan (wink, nod) thinks the schedule maker hates his team.
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