While 2015 may bring more of the same there is hope that things are beginning to change for this young squad. With a Strength of Schedule rating of just .425, the fourth weakest schedule in all of football, this team may surprise the football world by winning more games than what has been projected for them. That number is just 6.0.
The Bucs, as they are known, have to play their three divisional foes at home and on the road. The home games begin with a contest against the Carolina Panthers on October 4th. This young squad will also host the Atlanta Falcons on December 6th and the New Orleans Saints on December 13th.
The road games against the same three teams will take place as follows: Tampa Bay will travel to “The Big Easy” to compete against the home team Saints on September 20th. Then they will visit the Atlanta Falcons on November 1st and the Carolina Panthers on January 3rd, the last day of the regular season.
Tampa Bay’s easy schedule means that the teams they play outside their division performed poorly in 2014. Those teams include The New York Giants and the Chicago Bears, squads that finished the previous season with losing records.
The “men in blue” will visit Tampa Bay on November 8th while the Bears will travel south on December 27th.
Of course, not all of the Buccaneers non-divisional games are against losing teams. The Bucs will also entertain the Dallas Cowboys at home on November 15th and travel to St. Louis for a Thursday night battle with the improving Rams. That game takes place on December 17th.
Road contests against the Houston Texans, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins help to round out the schedule.
A close look at Tampa Bay’s opponents provides a clear indication that the Florida squad will certainly be competitive in many games this season, but may find the going a bit rough when they face a few very good teams.
Nevertheless, all NFL teams must play the teams listed on their schedules. And that includes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This young and developing team will surely gain valuable experience when it takes the field against veteran squads with playoff capabilities.
The Bucs may lose such games, but this team’s future looks bright even if it sometimes appears overmatched in the games it plays in 2015.
Fans of the Bucs may need to be patient this year. There are definitely better days ahead in Tampa Bay’s future.
Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers