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Published:   |   Updated: September 8, 2013 at 12:47 AM

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NEW YORK JETS

WHERE: MetLife Stadium

TIME/TV: 1 p.m./Fox, Ch. 13

The Bucs gave up 510 yards passing to the Giants at this venue last year. But now they’re taking on the Jets, and former Jets CB Darrelle Revis should be in the lineup for Tampa Bay.

Sunday, Sept. 15

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium

TIME/TV: 1 p.m./Fox, Ch. 13

The Bucs lost both games to the Saints last year, allowing 76 total points. Bucs QB Josh Freeman also had one of his two four-interception games against New Orleans, so Tampa Bay has penty to avenge.

Sunday, Sept. 22

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

WHERE: Gillette Stadium

TIME/TV: 1 p.m./Fox, Ch. 13

The Bucs probably won’t face a better test of what they hope is an improved pass defense. Patriots QB Tom Brady against Bucs CB Darrelle Revis is one of the best matchups in the game today.

Sunday, Sept. 29

ARIZONA CARDINALS

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium

TIME/TV: 1 p.m./Fox, Ch. 13

After facing Drew Brees and Tom Brady in back to back weeks, Bucs pass defenders could use a break. They should get it as Carson Palmer leads the Cardinals into RJS.

Sunday, Oct. 13

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium

TIME/TV: 1 p.m./Fox, Ch. 13

This is an interesting matchup of coaches as Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano takes on former Oregon coach Chip Kelly in a battle between the man who got the Bucs coaching job and the one who turned it down.

Sunday, Oct. 20

ATLANTA FALCONS

WHERE: Georgia Dome

TIME/TV: 1 p.m./Fox, Ch. 13

The Bucs finished the 2012 season by beating the Falcons in Atlanta. If they have any designs on winning the NFC South, they will have to beat them there again.

Thursday, Oct. 24

CAROLINA PANTHERS

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium

TIME/TV: 8:25 p.m./NFL Network

The Bucs played one of their best games of 2012 on a Thursday night in prime time, beating the Vikings 36-17 in Minnesota. Another strong showing would do plenty for their playoff hopes.

Sunday, Nov. 3

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

WHERE: CenturyLink Field

TIME/TV: 4:05 p.m./Fox, Ch. 13

Seattle’s Russell Wilson proved to be one of the game’s best young quarterbacks last year. This one comes at the end of a difficult stretch in the Bucs schedule.

Monday, Nov. 11

MIAMI DOLPHINS

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium

TIME/TV: 8:30 p.m./ESPN

Recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Warren Sapp will be inducted into the Bucs Rings of Honor at halftime, but the Bucs need to focus on the up-and-coming Dolphins.

Sunday, Nov. 17

ATLANTA FALCONS

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium

TIME/TV: 1 p.m./Fox, Ch. 13

The Bucs have played tough against the Falcons the past three years, but must win here to prove they are the better of the two teams and a contender in the NFC South.

Sunday, Nov. 24

DETROIT LIONS

WHERE: Ford Field

TIME/TV: 1 p.m./Fox, Ch. 13

Talk will once again center around Tampa Bay’s Gerald McCoy and Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh, the defensive tackles who went 2-3 in the 2010 NFL draft battling for supremacy.

 

Sunday, Dec. 1

CAROLINA PANTHERS

WHERE: Bank of America Stadium

TIME/TV: 1 p.m./Fox, Ch. 13

The Bucs will have only one division to play after this, so it could go a long way toward determining whether they have a legitimate shot to win the NFC South.

Sunday, Dec. 8

BUFFALO BILLS

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium

TIME/TV: 1 p.m./CBS, Ch. 10

The Bucs finish their tour of AFC East opponents with a game they are happy to play in the warm environs of RJS. Not even a late fall cold snap will make Tampa feel like blustery Buffalo.

Sunday, Dec. 15

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium

TIME/TV: 1 p.m./Fox, Ch. 13

This game figures to have playoff implications for at least one of the teams involved. Most consider the 49ers to still be the class of the NFC West after going to the Super Bowl last year.

Sunday, Dec. 22

ST. LOUIS RAMS

WHERE: Edward Jones Dome

TIME/TV: 1 p.m./Fox, Ch. 13

The Bucs played the Rams in Week 16 last year, too, but it didn’t go so well as QB Josh Freeman was intercepted four times. He’ll look to avenge that performance.

Sunday, Dec. 29

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

TIME/TV: 1 p.m./Fox, Ch. 13

The Bucs capped a 10-6 season in 2010 with a 23-13 win in New Orleans. They would love to do the same in this one, especially if it means a chance to keep playing.

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