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:
Miami Dolphins will open the 2019 season at home against the Baltimore Ravens, per source
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) April 17, 2019
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:
Dolphins get a Monday night game! At Steelers on Oct. 28, per source.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) April 17, 2019
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:
Panthers have consecutive home games to open season. After Rams in Week 1, Buccaneers in Charlotte for a Thursday night matchup in Week 2, per source.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) April 17, 2019
Update for the Jaguars:
Here’s a report out of Denver that shows that the Jaguars are their week four opponent at Mile High
Broncos schedule so far:
Week 1: Broncos @ Raiders
Week 2: Bears @ Broncos
Week 3: Broncos @ Packers
Week 4: Jaguars @ Broncos
— BroncosToday (@broncos_today) April 17, 2019
XFL allocates former Georgia star QB Aaron Murray to Tampa team
The reboot of Vince McMahon’s Spring XFL Football League is slated for next February, and the eight teams are making preparation with a draft of players. And, this includes the Tampa Bay franchise, the Vipers being allocated by the league a local high school and SEC star, as their quarterback..
— Tampa Bay Vipers (@XFLVipers) October 15, 2019
Murray has ties to the Tampa Bay area, as a native who led Plant High School to a State Football Championship. He’s also the Southeastern Conference all-time leader in completions passing yards and passing touchdowns in a career.
Murray briefly was with the Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles from 2014-16.
He was last seen quarterbacking earlier this year in the now-defunct Alliance of American football with the Atlanta Legends (above) franchise. They selected Murray for the same regional interest of him having played college ball down the road in Athens, Georgia.
Murray actually split time with former Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms in Atlanta. The AAF, however, unraveled and folded due to financial problems just eight games into their inaugural season.
The other seven teams in the XFL were allocated a quarterback the same way and there are a couple of familiar names.
Former Oklahoma National Championship-winning coach, Bob Stoops, is the coach and GM of the Dallas Renegades, and the league selected his former Oklahoma quarterback, Landry Jones.
Jones left Oklahoma with the all-time record for passing yards and touchdown passes in a career in the Big XII, just like Murray for the SEC. Jones is a former backup in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as the Raiders and the Jaguars last season.
Former Ohio State Star Cardale Jones is getting another opportunity in his professional career, as the XFL assigned him to the Washington D.C. Defenders.
Jones helped Ohio State win the Big Ten Title in relief in December of 2014 and then quarterbacked the Buckeyes to their two College Football Playoff wins, including their National Championship victory over Oregon.
Jones was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2016 and also was with the L.A. Chargers for three seasons.
The XFL will continue filling out rosters with a Tuesday draft, with numerous players from Florida or Florida schools that have already worked out regionally for all of the clubs.
Former Gators kicker Pineiro is Chicago hero- for now
Every week in the NFL there are heroes in the clutch for different franchises. However, in a market like Chicago with the rabid, massive following like the Chicago Bears, when you do something dramatic to help them win everything is taken up to a new level.
That’s something that new kicker, and former Florida Gator Eddy Pineiro, is experiencing after his dramatic game-winning 53 yard field goal with no time left in Denver Sunday gave the Bears a 16-14 win.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 15, 2019
First, it looked as though the Bears had blown the game when they allowed Denver’s Joe Flacco to lead a last-minute scoring drive that resulted in a dramatic touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders with :31 seconds left. And, then, the two hooked up on the go ahead two-point conversion to Sanders for 14 – 13 lead.
But undaunted, the Bears, led by quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, got into scoring position on a 25-yard completion to the Broncos 25 to Allen Robinson with just :01 remaining.
That’s when Pineiro, who had kicked two lengthy field goals earlier in the game, stepped on the Mile High turf and calmly, with 80,000 Bronco fans going berserk, booted home a line drive game-winner to make the Bears 1 – 1.
As we wrote earlier this month, Pineiro, a second year player, had won the Bears kicking job coming out of preseason. Pineiro won the spot over Elliott Fry by hitting a 58-yard field goal against the Colts, followed by another 3-for-3 against the Titans in August.
And Gators fans will remember the Miami native having a good college career at Florida. He made 17/18 FG’s during the Gators miserable 2017 season. And combined with his 21/25 the year before, he totaled an 88% field goal career mark.
Pineiro declared for the 2018 NFL Draft after only two seasons with the Gators, but went undrafted. He signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders in May of 2018, however, he was placed on injured reserve last September. Earlier this summer, he was traded to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Finally, let’s keep in perspective that we are not talking Chicago icon status like: Michael Jordan, Walter Payton, Ernie Banks and Patrick Kane have.
Still, it was a large moment early in his tenuous Bears kicking career and Pineiro is celebrating, like he should.
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