Buccaneers fans can begin marking their calendars. The 2017 NFL schedule is out and what may be most interesting is that it doesn’t have the Bucs playing a division game until Week 8.
The Bucs will actually play three AFC East opponents and two NFC Central foes before that with the season opener set for September 10 in Miami and the home opener coming a week later against the Bears.
That home opener, of course, could be highlighted in part by the return of former Bucs backup quarterback Mike Glennon, who was signed to be a starter by the Bears in free agency.
Another one of those early games will be the Bucs appearance on Thursday Night Football, which will come in a game against the Super Bowl champion Patriots at Raymond James Stadium on Oct. 5.
The Bucs will play the other Super Bowl LI foe, the Atlanta Falcons, in a prime-time as well on Monday Night, Dec. 18. That game will also be played at Raymond James Stadium.
Here’s the entire slate:
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It’s also curious that with regard to the NFC South Opponents this year, Tampa Bay will play Carolina followed by the Saints both times. This includes the Christmas Eve game in Charlotte and the New Year’s Eve game in Tampa against New Orleans.
The only significant cold weather game is the Green Bay game at Lambeau on December 3rd. Although, the Charlotte game 12/24 will likely be chilly, too.