Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

There's much to like about the Bucs' 2008 schedule

The Cowboys and receiver Terrell Owens, beating Torrie Cox and Will Allen for a touchdown, play host to the Bucs on Oct. 26.

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times (2006)

The Cowboys and receiver Terrell Owens, beating Torrie Cox and Will Allen for a touchdown, play host to the Bucs on Oct. 26.

TAMPA — If the Bucs aren't doing cartwheels after viewing their 2008 schedule that was released Tuesday, dignified somersaults may be in order.

The NFL schedulemakers threw the Bucs a bone or two. They don't have to sweat cold-weather road dates. They're back on national TV with three prime-time games. And the bye week is as late as possible.

What more could you ask? Playing in Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium? Even that's a possibility.

Here are some of the highlights of the Bucs' 2008 schedule.

• Three of their first five games are on the road, beginning with the regular-season opener Sept. 7 at New Orleans. It's the fifth time in the past six years the Bucs have opened the season away from RJS. The last regular-season opener in Tampa Bay came against the Ravens in 2006.

• They won't have to watch the Weather Channel. Tampa Bay had potentially icy road dates at Chicago, Denver and Kansas City. But the Bucs visit the Windy City on Sept. 21 for a 1 p.m. game against the Bears.

There should be no snow on the ground in Denver when the Bucs travel there Oct. 5 for a 4 p.m. game. Their first game at Arrowhead Stadium against the Chiefs since 1986 will be played Nov. 2 at 1 p.m.

Speaking of breaks, fans will note the Sept. 14 home opener against Atlanta is at 4 p.m., a reprieve from the sweltering summer heat.

• The price of winning the NFC South is three prime-time games. After playing all afternoon contests a year ago, the Bucs play on Monday Night Football Dec. 8 at Carolina. They also have two Sunday night games at Raymond James Stadium on NBC — Oct. 19 vs. Seattle and Dec. 21 vs. San Diego.

The game against the Chargers could be subject to change by NBC due to flex scheduling, but don't bet on it.

NBC is televising Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa and undoubtedly would like a couple of dry runs from RJS. It's also a good promotional tool for the city.

• For the second straight year, the Bucs will enjoy a bye Week 10, the latest they can have an open date. This is useful to allow injuries to heal before the stretch run.

• The Bucs finish the season with home games against AFC West teams San Diego and Oakland. Assuming they are playing for a playoff berth or seeding, it's an advantage to play at RJS.

• The biggest negative is a pair of back-to-back road games: Cowboys followed by Chiefs and Panthers followed by Falcons.

Bucs 2008 schedule
Preseason
Sat., Aug. 9 at Dolphins 7:30
Sun., Aug. 17 Patriots 8
Sat., Aug. 23 Jaguars 7:30
Thu., Aug. 28 at Texans 8
Regular season
Sun., Sept. 7 at Saints 1
Sun., Sept. 14 Falcons 4:05
Sun., Sept. 21 at Bears 1
Sun., Sept. 28 Packers 1
Sun., Oct. 5 at Broncos 4
Sun., Oct. 12 Panthers 1
Sun., Oct. 19 Seahawks 8:15
Sun., Oct. 26 at Cowboys 1
Sun., Nov. 2 at Chiefs 1
Sun., Nov. 9 BYE
Sun., Nov. 16 Vikings 1
Sun., Nov. 23 at Lions 1
Sun., Nov. 30 Saints 1
Mon., Dec. 8 at Panthers 8:30
Sun., Dec. 14 at Falcons 1
Sun., Dec. 21 Chargers 8:15
Sun., Dec. 28 Raiders 1

There's much to like about the Bucs' 2008 schedule 04/15/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 3:36pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lightning planning $6 million upgrade to practice facility

    Blogs

    Lightning owner Jeff Vinik will invest $6 million in upgrading the team's practice facility, the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon.

    The plan will create a brand new locker room and training facilities for the team, an 18,000 square foot addition.
  2. Buccaneers defense was among NFL's best when its pressure got to the QB

    Bucs

    It doesn't matter how many times they've thrown a football. It doesn't matter how many seasons they've played. It doesn't matter whether they have a degree from Harvard or Central Florida.

    Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy recorded 6.5 sacks last season, but many of his other contributions didn't show up in the box scores. [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]

  3. Rays DFA Danny Farquhar to make room for Brad Boxberger

    Blogs

    The Rays continued shuffling their bullpen, dumping RHP Danny Farquhar after Wednesday's game to make room for RHP Brad Boxberger to be activated off the DL.

    Farquhar, who worked an inning in Wednesday's 6-2 loss, had a 2-2, 4.11 record for 37 appearances, working primarily in lower leverage situations. In …

  4. USF to face Indiana in men's basketball next season

    College

    The USF men's basketball team will get an early test from a Big Ten powerhouse next season.

  5. Rays employee helps save suicidal woman near Pirates stadium (w/video)

    Blogs

    A Rays front-office employee joined umpire John Tumpane in saving a woman threatening to jump from a bridge near PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

    Multimedia production manager Mike Weinman, 32, was walking across the Roberto Clemente Bridge with Rays broadcasting director Larry McCabe when he …

    A Rays front-office employee joined umpire John Tumpane in saving a woman threatening to jump from a bridge near PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon in Pittsburgh.