Buccaneers release 2020 schedule highlighted by five prime time games

After last years scheduling nightmare with six consecutive games on the road, the schedule gods finally smiled on the Bucs giving them a record five games in prime time.

The Bucs will also be featured four times as the late national game on Sundays with a 4:25 kickoff.

The Bucs will begin the season on September 13th with a 4:25 start in New Orleans. This is one of the most anticipated games to kick off the season with Tom Brady matching up against Drew Brees.

The Bucs will have their home opener the following week September 20, against the Carolina Panthers. This will be the Bucs first look at new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in a Panther uniform.

The Bucs head west the next week to take on the improved Denver Broncos. This will be a 4:25 start.

To kick off the month of October, the LA Chargers will be at Raymond James Stadium. Rookie sensation Justin Herbert could be under center for the Chargers.

It will be a short week as the Bucs will play their first prime time game In Chicago on Thursday October 4th against the Bears.

Sunday October 18th, The Bucs are back home to The Green Bay Packers in a 4:25 kickoff. This Brady vs. Rodgers matchup will another much anticipated matchup.

The following week the Bucs will play at Las Vegas in their second prime time game Sunday Night October 25th, taking on the Raiders.

The Bucs will be on the road the following week in a Monday night affair as the Bucs will take on the New York Giants November 2nd.

The Bucs are back home the following week Sunday, November 8th, to rematch with Drew Brees and the Saints in the Sunday night game of the week.

Sunday November 15th, the Bucs travel to Charlotte for their division rematch with the Carolina Panthers.

Monday night November 23, the week of Thanksgiving, the Bucs will play their fifth and final prime time game of the season against the LA Rams.

Sunday November 29th, the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs will come to Raymond James Stadium. This will be one of the hottest tickets of the season along with the game against the Saints on November 8th.

The Bucs will have their bye week December 6th. This will be the latest the Bucs have had their bye week in franchise history.

The Bucs do not have any prime time games in December. The Bucs will host the Minnesota Vikings on December 13th, which could be the 1:00 PM national game.

Sunday December 20th, the Bucs make their annual pilgrimage to Atlanta to play the Falcons for their first time in 2020.

The Bucs then travel to Detroit for a game on the 26/27th of December. That will be either a Saturday or Sunday game. This will be an intriguing matchup as former Patriot defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, now the Lions head coach will match up with Tom Brady and the Bucs.

The Bucs will then wrap up the regular season on January 3rd hosting the Atlanta Falcons.

The Bucs will have five games in prime time, which are the most that you can have according to the NFL.

The Bucs will have four games with a 4:25 start which will be the national game in that time slot.

The only issue I have with the schedule is there are no 4:00 pm games early in the season. It will be hotter than hades those first two home games and a couple of late starts early in the season would have been nice.

Taking a quick look at this schedule, the Bucs have a good chance to go 12-4. If the ball bounces right, the Bucs could end up 13-3, or in the worst case scenario 11-5.

It promises to be an exciting season of football in Tampa. One that should see the Bucs making the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

 

Prseason Schedule:

Day Date Opponent Time Network
Week 1 Aug. 13-17 at Pittsburgh TBD WFLA-TV
Week 2 Aug. 22 JACKSONVILLE 8:00 PM CBS
Week 3 Aug. 27-30 TENNESSEE TBD WFLA-TV
Week 4 Sept. 3-4 at Cleveland TBD WFLA-TV

 

Regular Season Schedule:

 

Sun. Sept. 13 at New Orleans 4:25 PM FOX
Sun. Sept. 20 CAROLINA 1:00 PM FOX
Sun. Sept. 27 at Denver 4:25 PM FOX
Sun. Oct. 4 L.A. CHARGERS 1:00 PM CBS
Thurs. Oct. 8 at Chicago 8:20 PM FOX/NFLN/AMZN
Sun. Oct. 18 GREEN BAY 4:25 PM FOX
Sun. Oct. 25 at Las Vegas 8:20 PM NBC
Mon. Nov. 2 at N.Y. Giants 8:15 PM ESPN
Sun. Nov. 8 NEW ORLEANS 8:20 PM NBC
Sun. Nov. 15 at Carolina 1:00 PM FOX
Mon. Nov. 23 L.A. RAMS 8:15 PM ESPN
Sun. Nov. 29 KANSAS CITY 4:25 PM CBS
Bye Week
Sun. Dec. 13 MINNESOTA 1:00 PM FOX
Sun. Dec. 20 at Atlanta 1:00 PM FOX
Sat./Sun. Dec. 26/27 at Detroit TBD TBD
Sun. Jan. 3 ATLANTA 1:00 PM FOX