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Bucs open schedule at home against Panthers

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Published:   |   Updated: April 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM

— The first thing Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith usually looks for when the NFL schedule comes out each year are the matchups his team has against its division opponents.

Smith didn't have to look hard to find two of the biggest division matchups on the Bucs 2014 slate.

The Bucs will open the season at Raymond James Stadium against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 7 and will close it out at home with a game against the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 28.

In between the Bucs will play only one prime-time game, and that too will be a division game, against the Falcons in Atlanta, where the Bucs will play their first road game of the year on Sept. 18 at 8:25 p.m.

That road game against Atlanta is the first of three straight for the Bucs, who will travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers on Sept. 28 and to New Orleans to face the Saints on Oct. 5.

The Bucs will have Week 7 off as their bye week, one they can use to gear up for what could be a cold November with games in Cleveland (Nov. 2), Washington (Nov. 16) and  Chicago (Nov. 23).

The last of those three November games will mark Smith's return to Chicago, where he compiled an 84-66 record in nine seasons as the coach of the Bears before he was fired at the end of the 2012 season.

Single-game tickets go on sale to the public on Buccaneers.com at noon today.

 BUCS 2014 SCHEDULE

Home games in bold; all times p.m.

Date

 Opponent

 Time

 TV

 

 

 

 

Sept. 7

 CAROLINA

 4:25

 Fox

 

 

 

 

Sept. 14

  ST. LOUIS

 4:05

 Fox

 

 

 

 

Sept. 18

  at Atlanta

 8:25

 CBS

 

 

 

 

Sept. 28

 at Pittsburgh

 1

 Fox

 

 

 

 

Oct. 5

 at New Orleans

 1

 Fox

 

 

 

 

Oct. 12

 BALTIMORE

 1

 CBS

 

 

 

 

Oct. 19

 Bye week

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct. 26

 MINNESOTA

 1

 Fox

 

 

 

 

Nov. 2

 at Cleveland

 1

 Fox

 

 

 

 

Nov. 9

 ATLANTA

 1

 Fox

 

 

 

 

Nov. 16

 at Washington

 1

 Fox

 

 

 

 

Nov. 23

 at Chicago

 1

 Fox

 

 

 

 

Nov. 30

 CINCINNATI

 1

 CBS

 

 

 

 

Dec. 7

 at Detroit

 1

 Fox

 

 

 

 

Dec. 14

 at Carolina

1

 Fox

 

 

 

 

Dec. 21

 GREEN BAY

 1

 Fox

 

 

 

 

Dec. 28

 NEW ORLEANS

 1

 Fox

 

 

 

 

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