Layout of Bucs' 2010 schedule no cakewalk
The Bucs open the season at home against the Browns on Sept. 12 and have a bye week in Week 4.
But that relatively normal start to the season is followed by a stretch that will test the club's fortitude in a major way. The Bucs on Oct. 31 begin a stretch of four road difficult games in five weeks, traveling to Arizona, Atlanta, San Francisco and Baltimore.
The Bucs actually snatched two of their three wins last season on the road, so there's reason for them to think they can match up in those games. But considering how early their bye week, the possibility of injuries and just plain ol' jet lag, this is going to be a very, very difficult stretch.
On the other hand, one benefit of this year's schedule is the lack of many cold-weather games. Outside of a Dec. 12 trip to Washington, the Bucs will play most of their northern games before temperatures get too nippy. There's a Nov. 28 game at Baltimore, but it's possible the weather won't be too frigid at that point. I don't think we need to rehash the history of the Bucs playing in cold weather over the years.
Didn't think so.
Again, as I mentioned in an earlier post, the Pittsburgh game might -- pending commissioner Roger Goodell's announcement -- have to be played with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is expected to be suspended for finding himself embroiled in a rape investigation.