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Tracking 2019 schedule leaks for Bucs Dolphins and Jaguars

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The NFL will reveal its 2019 regular season schedule in full coming up Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time. However, as has become customary in the last few years, with the internet and social media it’s almost impossible for the teams to keep a lid on their opponents, the dates and the times until the official reveal by the league.

Plus, the league has already begun to announce pieces of the schedule including on Wednesday morning.

So with that in mind, here we go with what we already know about where the Buccaneers, Dolphins and Jaguars are going to be headed and when, so far:

The NFL simultaneously announced its “International Games” schedule and dates for October. We already knew that both the Jaguars and the Buccaneers would be playing home games in the U.K.

We now know that the Buccaneers matchup with NFC South rival Carolina will take place on Sunday October 13th at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time, as a standalone national game. The game will also be played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and not at London’s Wembley Stadium. That’s where the Buccaneers played their to previous London Games in 2009 against the Patriots and 2011 against the Bears.

Next, the Jags will play against the Houston Texans in their annual home game abroad. This game will be the latest on the calendar that Jacksonville has ever played in London, as the game will be on November 3rd at Wembley Stadium and also a 9:30 a.m. Sunday kickoff.  This is the seventh year in a row the Jaguars will play a “U.K. home game.”

Part of the scheduling complication for Jacksonville playing in November is that the Florida-Georgia classic rivalry college football game is played the final weekend every October at TIAA Bank field. And, in doing so, there are thousands of temporary seats added into the configuration for the Gators and Bulldogs season ticket allotments. And, that also takes more than a week to construct and several days to deconstruct.

Usually, the Jaguars have been playing their London game either that weekend of the Florida-Georgia game or have been on their bye week after having played the London game.

So with that in mind, we deduce it’s obvious the Jaguars will not be playing a home game on Sunday October 27th. Further, the likelihood is their bye week will be after the London game on the weekend of November 10th. So, look for the Jags to be somewhere on the road on October 27th.

We will keep watch on further information leaking on opponents and dates for all three of the State NFL teams as Wednesday unfolds before the official announcements tonight and update it on this story link….

Updates for the Dolphins:

The Sun-Sentinel’s Joe Schad has the info on the opener:

And, this tip is that the defending champion Patriots will be playing at Hard Rock Stadium in week two and that Miami will close at Foxboro in Week 17.

Further, the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero is reporting that the week three game will be in Dallas (not Thanksgiving Day, as some erroneously reported earlier), and the Fins will wrap the first month of play at home against the L.A. Chargers.

Next, the New York Daily News reports that Miami will host the Jets in Week 9 and then, the Dolphins play the divisional rematch at Metlife Stadium at Week 14.

That leak also shows that the Jets will play in Jacksonville in Week eight of the season.

Later on Wednesday afternoon, the Miami Herald’s Adam Beasley added this prime time game nugget:

Update on Bucs schedule:

NorthNewJersey.com has gotten a look at the Giants schedule and it has them playing at Raymond James Stadium against the Buccaneers in week three with a 4:05 p.m. kickoff. Tampa Bay also hosted the G-men in an early season out of division, 4 p.m. game two years ago. The two teams played a November game at Metlife Stadium in 2018.

That same item has the Giants hosting the Dolphins at 1 p.m. in week 15, which means, in a quirk, Miami would play Jets and Giants in back to back weeks at the Meadowlands.

And, this report from San Francisco says that the 49ers will open at Tampa Bay in week one for the Bucs opener. This is the first time in five seasons that Tampa Bay will open at home, and they will do so against an opponent, the Niners, that their new coach Bruce Arians frequently went against and defeated in Arizona.

This report says the Bucs will play in Charlotte for Thursday Night Football prior to playing them in London:

Update for the Jaguars:

Here’s a report out of Denver that shows that the Jaguars are their week four opponent at Mile High

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NFL Owners approved new CBA terms Thursday

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Aug 29, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; A detail of the NFL 100th season logo during the second half of a preseason game between the New Orleans Saints and the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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A new collective bargaining agreement between the NFL owners and players appears to be on the fast track to be approved, or is it?

On Thursday afternoon, the owners voted in majority to accept the agreed-upon terms by the negotiation teams for the new “CBA” for both they and the NFLPA:

While the players will get an increase in minimum salary money and other concessions, the biggest changes in the new deal include a 17th regular-season game and the increase in the number of playoff teams to 14, perhaps soon as this upcoming season.

As we wrote on Wednesday when details began to leak out of the proposed agreement, this would be the first time that the NFL would increase the number of teams making the playoffs since 2002. It would also increase from four to six the number of Wildcard games that would be played on the opening weekend of a postseason in January. It will further mean that only one team (the top seed) in the NFC and the AFC would receive an opening round bye.

For the Florida teams, the Jaguars most recently made the playoffs as AFC South Champions in 2017. The Dolphins were last in the postseason as an AFC Wild Card in 2016. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers hold the dubious distinction of the longest playoff drought in the NFC, as they were last in as NFC South champs in 2007.

The players must now approve the same agreement by at least a two-thirds majority and that vote is expected to happen early next week. Owners are pushing for this to begin because the free agency and salary cap rules would be different for this March and next March. And, teams would want to plan for both.

One prominent player already put on social media that he’s not interested in the new deal that includes the 17th game of the regular season. Houston All Pro defensive tackle and former League Defensive MVP J.J. Watt made his feelings known on the new CBA proposal:

The NFLPA had a meeting with their 32 team representatives, who gave their majority approval. 2/3 of the actual over 1,900 players will have to vote in favor of the new CBA.

While the 17 game schedule would not go into effect for 2020, it appears that owners are ready to have the new playoff format for next season. It is believed the 17 game schedule would go into effect as soon as the 2021 season and regular season games with start in August with potentially a second bye week also being added to this slate.

There will obviously be more discussion on how/when all of the new scheduling, salaries, etc. go into effect if/when the NFLPA members agree next week.

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NFL ready to expand regular season and number of post season teams

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The NFL and it’s Players Association are on the verge of agreeing to a new collective bargaining agreement and in doing so, it’s going to increase the regular season and the number of postseason teams and games, as soon as this year.

ESPN NFL insider, Adam Schefter, reported on Wednesday evening that while the deal isn’t done it close to being agreed upon:

As part of that new collective bargaining agreement, the league will get its wish to expand the regular-season to a 17th game. This will be the first time since the late 1970s that the NFL will increase the length of its regular season. That’s when the league expanded from 14 to the current 16 regular season games.

As part of that, the NFL will do away with one of the preseason contests for every team in August and start the regular-season sooner. It is also believed that part of the negotiation is for a second bye week for every team during the regular season, as well.

It has also been rumored that part of the discussions would include the expansion of playoffs from the current 12 team format with six from the NFC and six from the AFC that make the postseason every year to seven from each conference with a total of 14 teams.

The NFL went to its current playoff format, when the league expanded to 32 teams for the 2002 season and split off into four divisions in each conference. For the last 18 years, the four division winners plus the two next best Wild Card teams in each conference have advanced to postseason play. The top two teams with the best record have been given buys on the Wild Card Weekend and two games have been played in each conference on the opening weekend of postseason play.

Now, according to Schefter’s report, the new proposed playoff format will add a third Wild-Card team in each conference and only the top ceded team from the regular season in each conference will get a first round bye.

This will increase the number of postseason games from four to six on the opening weekend with three in each conference.

For the Florida teams, the Jaguars most recently made the playoffs as AFC South Champions in 2017. The Dolphins were last in the postseason as an AFC Wild Card in 2016. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers hold the dubious distinction of the longest playoff drought in the NFC, as they were last in as NFC South champs in 2007.

It’s also unclear as of yet as to whether the NFL will at the same time modify the current format of having division winners, no matter their record, still have home field advantage for a game.

There has been much complaining about this in repeated seasons where a division winner has been at least two, and sometimes three or more, games worse than a Wild-Card team that has to come to them to play the game.

The vote by the NFLPA is expected to come by March 18th.

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