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NFL officially releases schedules for Bucs, Dolphins and Jaguars

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The NFL officially released their 2019 regular season schedule on Wednesday night. And, here are the particulars with the Bucs, the Dolphins and the Jaguars and when and where they will play their 16 regular season games.

We begin (alphabetically) with the Bucs:

They are officially opening with the San Francisco 49ers at home, and it is the first time in five years Tampa Bay will begin at Raymond James Stadium. We had also learned earlier in the day that their only national tv prime time game will be on Thursday night of week two at Carolina. As the league revealed earlier on Wednesday, the Bucs and Panthers rematch is October 13th at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London for the NFL International series.

Coach Bruce Arians will go against his old team, the Cardinals, on November 10th in Tampa.

The Bucs will play the defending NFC Champion Rams in L.A. in week four. Tampa Bay will only play one division game in their final five, and that’s the week 17 finale’ at home with the Falcons.

For the Dolphins, they will open 2019 on the road against QB Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. Then, right away, Miami and new coach Brian Flores gets an AFC East showdown with the defending champion Patriots (his old employer) at Hard Rock Stadium in their home opener week two.

The Dolphins lone prime time National TV game will be in October against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football at Heinz Field. Miami will also finish the year playing only one home game out of their last four and that’s against Cincinnati at Hard Rock Stadium week 16. There is the quirk that Miami will play the Jets and the Giants, both at Metlife Stadium, back to back weeks on December 8th and 15th.

They will finish with an AFC East game at New England in Foxboro the final game of the season.

Of course, the last meeting between the storied rivals was last December, when Miami won the craziest finish in the series history, as RB Kenyan Drake (above) scored the winning TD with no time left after the “Miami Miracle” double-lateral play.

The Jaguars will open with the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs in game one at home before playing three consecutive games on the road. That includes a week three Thursday night battle with division rival Tennessee. It is the second year in a row the Jags will play a prime time game on Thursday night in Tennessee.

Also, 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.”

Interestingly, Jacksonville’s closing schedule will only play one division opponent in the month of December and that’s their finale’ in week 17, when they rematch Tennessee at TIAA Bank Field.

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