Buccaneers schedule will feature some fascinating matchups

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If Tom Brady had landed in San Francisco, the 49ers schedule would have contained a slew of must-see games. With Brady heading to Tampa Bay, the slate still consists of plenty of compelling matchups.

The dates and times won’t be known, but the opponents and the places are. Unfortunately, the Buccaneers won’t play the Patriots — unless both teams get to the Super Bowl. Fortunately, the Bucs otherwise have a very good schedule.

Beyond the six games against the teams of the NFC South (which includes a pair of combined-age-of-84 games against the Saints and Drew Brees), the Buccaneers host Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, Jared Goff and the Rams, Kirk Cousins and the Vikings, and the Chargers — the team #Tommy spurned to pick the Bucs.

The road schedule has TB12 and TB going to Las Vegas to face Jon Gruden and company, Denver (where Brady has struggled often), New York to face the Giants (who are 2-0 against Brady in Super Bowls), Detroit (Matt Patricia reunion), and Chicago (the only game that doesn’t really have much on-the-surface sizzle).

Several of those games surely will be destined for prime time and/or the 4:25 p.m. ET slot on a Sunday afternoon, giving the Buccaneers a profile that they’ve never before had.

Hopefully, that will happen. Because this will mean that football season will happen. Which will mean that some semblance of normalcy will have returned to our nation and our world before September.

38 responses to “Buccaneers schedule will feature some fascinating matchups

  1. I don’t see how a 43yr old Tommy Boy makes the Bucs that much better especially playing in a brutal conference and tough division (this ain’t the AFCE, you’re not in Kansas anymore Tom) playing in Bruce Arians offense that calls nothing but 5-7 step drops leaving his tackles on islands that end up getting his QBs pulverized which is why older QBs frequently end up hurt in that offense.

  2. “Chicago (the only game that doesn’t really have much on-the-surface sizzle).”

    Watching old man Brady try to run away from Robert Quinn, Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks and Roquan Smith is going to be more exciting than any of those games.

  3. I hate to say it but Evans and Godwin (at least last year for Godwin) were crazy good with Winston, what will they be like with Brady?? Packer fans are crapping themselves now that Brady is an NFC QB.

  4. The Bucs are not the Patriots, this is going to haunt the Tampa Bay organization for years.

  5. Honestly, no matter what divisions the Bucs were scheduled to play, the match-ups would be epic. That’s the beauty of the divisions and the schedule format (and a big reason why many fans are opposed to changing the formula by adding a 17th game).

    Bucs versus the AFC East? Must-watch TV.
    AFC North, with games against Pit and Balt? Outstanding.
    AFC South, rematch with Ten, and against Rivers and the Colts, and Watson and Houston? Yes, please!
    NFC East, playing against Dallas, Phila and the Giants? I’m in!
    NFC West, versus SF, Rams, Cards and Seahawks? Sign me up!

    Part of it, also, is that Brady’s been around so long, there’s so many “natural rivalries” with him. Plus, with parity across most of the league, 75% of all games make for quality match-ups.

  6. This reminds me when Michael Jordan played for Washington wizards,,,it’s on that level

  7. Looking forward to Green Bay in Tampa next season. I might even take a trip down for that one. We will see if the world is a healthier place by then.

    I find it very interesting that Tom Brady wanted a say over the roster and the Buccs are giving him that. That alone tipped the scales away from the Chargers and Tampa Bay got their man.

  8. “hopefully this will happen.” It is going to happen guy.

    The Swine Flu Pandemic had 60 million cases and 12 thousand deaths, while an emergency was declared – no one (not one) person around the world took these kinds of precautionary measures and it went away in less than a year.

    How is it that no one remembers what happened just 10 years ago. Hockey season will resume, backetball will resume. The masters will happen, and football season will happen.

  9. I love the fact that Tom went to the NFC. Now all of the haters that kept whining about how he plays in a weak division are going to have to come up with something else to cry about

  10. muzzy27 says:
    March 18, 2020 at 8:13 am

    I hate to say it but Evans and Godwin (at least last year for Godwin) were crazy good with Winston, what will they be like with Brady?? Packer fans are crapping themselves now that Brady is an NFC QB.
    _________

    No……….we really aren’t.

  11. No more cake walk to the AFCE division title. This is going to end ugly for Brady
    It will be a sad story book ending to an incredible career

  12. freefromwhatyouare says:
    March 18, 2020 at 8:54 am

    Looking forward to Green Bay in Tampa next season. I might even take a trip down for that one. We will see if the world is a healthier place by then.
    __________

    I have friends that moved down to that area that my wife and I visit every year.
    Been to RJ stadium several times for a Packers’ game and a few college bowls, not a big fan of the venue with a lot of the seats a mile away from the action.
    We usually go down by the pirate ship and take in the game from the end zone.
    Thankfully I’m tall.

  13. TB12…..

    Or not? Godwin wears #12 now. I’m sure MANY fans have and
    wear his jersey already.

    What will happen? I bet Brady takes a new number….

  14. Thats a pretty gnarly schedule. I don’t see this working out for Brady. I hope I am wrong.

  15. Many of the games you listed should be good games.

    The Vikings weren’t good last year, and they are losing lots of their players.

    Plus, Cousins can’t beat teams with winning records. So if the Bucs are at least .500, it’s an instant loss for the Purples.

  16. Oh Wow! That is quite fascinating! I wonder how long before Brady Hits the DL. Winston was on the run all year and he’s quite a bit more mobile than Brady.

  17. Brady will get re-energized, certainly, but don’t forget the excellent teams around him that enabled much of his success. Favre eventually ended up with a very good Vikings team that had SuperBowl written all over it. Unfortunately, they had such a porous O-line Favre had to run for his life, essentially ending his career prematurely. Brady runs the same risk.

  18. No one cares about Brady now he’s with the irrelevant Bucs. Gonna take more than noodle arm to turn them into winners.

  19. I appreciate the optimism, but Brady playing for the Bucs is not going to create a sense of normalcy. Rather, it will be the weird cherry on top of this very weird year.

  20. stellarperformance says:
    March 18, 2020 at 9:47 am
    Brady will get re-energized, certainly, but don’t forget the excellent teams around him that enabled much of his success. Favre eventually ended up with a very good Vikings team that had SuperBowl written all over it. Unfortunately, they had such a porous O-line Favre had to run for his life, essentially ending his career prematurely. Brady runs the same risk.
    ————-
    Hate to use facts and statistics that don’t support your claims. You realize that Favre was sacked less in both seasons in MN than Rodgers has been recently? Why aren’t you on the phone as a pretend owner beefing up the OL in Wisco?

  21. Normalcy will not have returned to our world until Trump is defeated. That’s what this pandemic is all about, the defeat of Donald J Trump.

  22. I think Tom will regret this decision as it relates to legacy. But life goes on.
    There will never be a better QB and never be a better dynasty. That is locked into history and in NFL films for generations.

    But the Patriots will compete hard for 60 minutes. On to 2020

  23. It is all good! TB12 will energize this team and the Tampa Bay fans! Just having Brady on the field in the new Buc unis will be a win for the Glazer’s! Two years is all they will probably get out of him but that’s ok! And it will be easier to get good players to sign on just having a star like Brady as the QB!

  24. “This reminds me when Michael Jordan played for Washington wizards,,,it’s on that level”
    _____________

    And I’m thinking he will look a lot like Jordan did with the Wizards. You’ll get flashes of the guy you remember–some great plays, even occasionally a complete game where he looks good throughout–but there’ll be plenty of other times where he’s out of sorts like he’s unfamiliar with his teammates, unsure of the offense, and past his prime.

  25. Tommy for the first time ever, will be getting the overrated treatment Drew Brees has been enjoying the past 4 years. The nation will be subjected to these senior citizen QBs in way too many prime time games.

  26. For the crybabies saying he won’t be able to play in B Arians offense
    This is from PFF

    Bruce Arians’ offense attacks 10-20 yards downfield more than any other.

    The highest graded QB on such throws over the last 5 seasons (Including last season) , Tom Brady

  27. Couple of observations of the NFL talk by the so called experts over the last few days. First for the record I am Chiefs fan, but suddenly they talk about us like we are a dynasty that everyone is afraid of. How bout we win a couple more before being declared unbeatable. Next when did Bruce Arians become a coaching genius? Finally Tom Brady is gonna be 43. Did no one watch him late in the year? He, like Brees had to give it all they had to get it 40 yards. I have mad respect for Brady but thinking he will suddenly make the Bucs the team to beat is goofy.

  28. Unless Brady can handle the heat a lot better than he handled it when Pats played in Miami (where he’s only won 4 games since 2009–2010,2011,2016,2019…I had originally said only 3, sorry about that…he’s 4-7 in Miami since 2009)..unless he can handle Tampa’s heat and humidity, then I don’t see Brady doing much for Tampa Bay. He shoulda gone to the Chargers.

    And how does he handle a much tougher division? Tommy boy, the NFC South is not the AFC East! But he stayed away from Chargers because he couldn’t handle Mahomes twice a year! Bwahahahahahahahahahahah!

  29. Tampa Bay lost a lot of games because Winston was throwing interceptions at an alarming rate.
    If they could’ve eliminated those INT’s ,… they might have made the playoffs.
    They lost 6 games by a TD or less. I’ll be very interested in following TB and TB12 progress this season.

  30. Flacco is a better fit for Tampa than Brady. Many of Brady’s plays are based on defensive alignment presnap. This will be an adjustment and Flacco is a far better deep thrower.

  31. “Hate to use facts and statistics that don’t support your claims. You realize that Favre was sacked less in both seasons in MN than Rodgers has been recently?”

    How does that have any merit at all?

    Two totally different qb’s with different styles.

  32. I’ll tell you what’s going to get sold out fast. The fight between Arians and Brady. It’s coming. I don’t know when, but it’s coming.

  33. camstinks says:
    March 18, 2020 at 9:12 am

    I love the fact that Tom went to the NFC. Now all of the haters that kept whining about how he plays in a weak division are going to have to come up with something else to cry about

    ***********************************
    Well. Maybe. Or perhaps when they Bucs end up being average, and Brady is looking like a 43 year old QB and losing games, fanboys of the Pats will have to start whining about “It’s not his fault! He doesn’t have the supporting cast! It’s the coaching! It’s the weather! It’s Karma! He’s still the GOAT!!!!”

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