In what is sure to be a very exciting year in Tampa Bay, the NFL has released its schedule for 2020 and the Bucs are featured in spotlight games more often than in years past. In fact, Tampa Bay will play in prime time five times, the most in team history and the maximum number permitted by the NFL.
2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Schedule
Sunday, September 13 at New Orleans (4:25 pm)
Sunday, September 20 vs. Carolina (1:00pm)
Sunday, September 27 at Denver (4:25 pm)
Sunday, October 4 vs. Los Angeles Chargers (1:00 pm)
Thursday, October 8 at Chicago (8:20 pm)
Sunday, October 18 vs. Green Bay (4:25 pm)
Sunday, October 25 at Las Vegas (8:20 pm)
Monday, November 2 at New York Giants (8:15 pm)
Sunday, November 8 vs. New Orleans (8:20 pm)
Sunday, November 15 at Carolina (1:00 pm)
Monday, November 23 vs. Los Angeles Rams (8:15 pm)
Sunday, November 29 vs. Kansas City (4:25 pm)
Sunday, December 13 vs. Minnesota (1:00pm)
Sunday, December 20 at Atlanta (1:00 pm)
December 26 or 27 at Detroit (TBD)
Sunday, January 3 vs. Atlanta (1:00 pm)
Tampa Bay’s first game with key new additions Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski start with a road matchup with Drew Brees and the New Orlean Saints. The matchup features two of the best quarterbacks in league history, with Brees and Brady sitting atop the NFL’s leaderboard for career TD passes. This will mark the first time in league history that the two career leaders in TD passes have faced each other.
The first prime-time game for Tampa Bay in 2020 comes in Week 5 when they travel to Chicago for a Thursday Night Football matchup against the Bears. Other prime-time road games come vs. Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 25, and the New York Giants on Monday night, November 2. The Bucs have prime-time games at home against New Orleans on Sunday, November 8, and the Los Angeles Rams on MNF, November 23.
The Green Bay Packers travel to Tampa on Sunday, October 18 which should feature a matchup between Brady and Packer standout quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The Bucs may face one of their biggest tests of the year on November 29 when the defending Super Bowl Champions Kansas City Chiefs come to town. Tampa Bay will get their bye week after this game, which comes late on Week 13.
Week 5 through Week 11 may be tough for the Bucs as they will play their five primetime in games in that seven-week time frame. In that stretch, the competition, but will include the likes of Rodgers and the Packers, the Raiders in Vegas, and Drew Brees with his Saints on Sunday Night Football.
Overall, Tampa Bay’s strength of schedule is smack in the middle of the league, ranking 16th. Tampa’s 2020 opponents had just over a .500 record in 2019.
The NFL has shown that they have high expectations for Tampa Bay in Bruce Arians’ second season as head coach with such a high-profile schedule and Buc fans hope they live up to the expectations.
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