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21 April 2015

2015 BUCCANEERS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2015 regular-season schedule, released today by the National Football League, features matchups against the AFC South and the NFC East and includes home battles versus the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.
 
The Buccaneers start regular-season play at home on Sept. 13, as the Tennessee Titans travel to Raymond James Stadium for a late afternoon kickoff, marking only the fifth time since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger that teams with the first and second overall picks in the previous draft have faced one another in the season opener.
 
In Week 2, Tampa Bay faces its first divisional game of the season, traveling to New Orleans on Sept. 20 to take on the Saints, followed by a road trip to the Houston Texans on Sept. 27. The two teams have faced one another only three times in the regular season, and a win would mark the Buccaneers’ first road victory against the Texans.
 
Tampa Bay returns home in Week 4 to battle the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 4 before welcoming the Jacksonville Jaguars to Tampa on Oct. 11. The Buccaneers are 1-4 against the Jaguars, but 1-1 when playing at home.
                                                    
On Oct. 25, following a Week 6 bye, the Buccaneers travel to the Washington Redskins, a common opponent in recent years. Tampa Bay has faced Washington in three of the past four seasons and has come out with a win in both of its most recent trips to the Capitol (2010, 2014).
 
Traveling to Georgia on Nov. 11, the Buccaneers will take on the Atlanta Falcons, giving Tampa Bay Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter his first chance to call plays against his former team. Despite division familiarity, the Falcons will be a new-look team for the Buccaneers, operating with an overhauled coaching staff under first-year head coach Dan Quinn.
 
Football returns to Raymond James Stadium in Weeks 9-10, featuring back-to-back games against the NFC East.
 
First, the New York Giants come to town for a late afternoon game on Nov. 8. The Buccaneers look to take the lead in the home series, which stands at 5-5. The following week, on Nov. 15, newly-acquired Buccaneers Bruce Carter, Henry Melton and Sterling Moore will square off against their former team, the Dallas Cowboys. The Buccaneers are 2-3 when facing the Cowboys at home.
 
Tampa Bay then heads to the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 22. A win would mark the first victory in Philadelphia since a 17-0 shutout to open the 2003 season (Tampa Bay lost at Philadelphia in 2009). The 2003 win – the first regular-season game played at Lincoln Financial Field – came on the heels of Tampa Bay’s NFC Championship Game victory against the Eagles at Veterans Stadium on January 19, 2003.
 
A Week 12 trip to the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 29 will mark only the fifth time that the Buccaneers and Colts have met in the regular season, and the third time in Indianapolis. The series is split, 2-2, with a 1-1 record both home and away.
 
Returning home to open the final month of the regular season, the Buccaneers face two division rivals in a row. The Falcons visit on Dec. 6, as Tampa Bay looks to add to the 13-10 advantage that it holds over Atlanta when playing at Raymond James Stadium. The New Orleans Saints then come to town on Dec. 13.
 
It will be a quick turnaround for the Buccaneers in Week 15, as the team hits the road for a primetime appearance on Thursday Night Football at the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 17. Tampa Bay and St. Louis have matched up for the past three consecutive years (2012-14).
 
The Chicago Bears visit on Dec. 27 in Tampa Bay’s final home game of the season. Chicago’s head coach, John Fox, is new to the team but is a familiar face in the NFC South, having led the Carolina Panthers from 2002-2010. The Bears are 2-4 all-time at Raymond James Stadium.
 
The 2015 regular-season campaign ends at the Carolina Panthers on Jan. 3.
 
The team will announce its complete list of game themes at a later date.
 
All games will feature a radio broadcast on Tampa Bay flagship stations 103.5 FM WFUS and 620 AM/95.3 FM WDAE, as well as stations throughout Florida that are part of the Buccaneers Radio Network.
 
This season, the NFL will again utilize “flexible scheduling,” which may be applied in Weeks 5-17. However, during the period from Weeks 5-10, flexing can only be used in no more than two weeks. A select number of games may also be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.
 
Flexible scheduling will be used in Weeks 11-17 as usual and it will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights.
 
A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the affected game.  For Week 17, the change may be announced six days before the game. Flexible scheduling is intended to ensure quality matchups on Sunday night in those weeks where it is applied.
 
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to offer season pass memberships at a wide variety of price points. Memberships start at just $30 (per game) for adults and $15 (per game) for youth and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, to speak with a Buccaneers account representative or to get information about special group pricing, please contact 866-582-BUCS (2827) or visit Buccaneers.com.
 
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