Bucs host two prime-time games, open at Jets
This much is certain: cornerback Darrelle Revis will be playing at MetLife Stadium Week 1 of the regular season.
The only thing we don't know is whether he will be wearing a Jets or Bucs uniform.
Perhaps reacting to a long-anticipated trade Revis to the Bucs, the NFL-schedule-makers have arranged for Tampa Bay to open the season against the Jets in the Meadowlands at 1 p.m. on Sept. 8.
The Bucs, who went 7-9 last season in the first year under coach Greg Schiano, will be featured in two prime-time, nationally televised games at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay will host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, Oct. 24, on NFL Network. Two weeks later, the Bucs host the Miami Dolphins in a Monday Night Football game Nov. 11 on ESPN at 8:40 p.m.
It's just the second Monday Night Football game at RJS since 2004. The Bucs beat the Colts 24-17 on MNF in Week 4 of the 2011 season.
Sandwiched between the two nationally televised games is a cross-country trip to Seattle. The Bucs home opener is against division rival New Orleans Setp. 15 at 4:05 p.m. Games at Atlanta and home vs. Arizona in Weeks 3 and 4 round out the first month. The Bucs bye weeks comes early again in the fifth week of the season for the second straight year.
The Bucs play four of their six NFC South games in the first 10 weeks. However, the Bucs will have to do some work on the road to break their streak of five years without a post-season appearance. Four of Tampa Bay's last six games are on the road, with trips scheduled for Detroit in Week 12, Carolina in Week 13, St. Louis in Week 16 and New Orleans in Week 17.
The Bucs strength of schedule is ranked 17th in the NFL. Their 2013 opponents are .500, a combined