Tom Brady hasn't even played a game for Tampa Bay, but the Buccaneers have already set a franchise record with their new quarterback.
- The Bucs will play in prime time five times in the 2020 season
- Tampa Bay opens the season on Sunday, September 13 on the road vs. New Orleans (4:25p kickoff)
- The home schedule includes a Sunday night matchup vs. the Saints and a Monday night matchup against the Rams
The NFL released its full 2020 schedule and Tampa Bay will play in prime time five times, the most in team history and the maximum number permitted by the league.
It's been quite a successful offseason for the Bucs, who have added Brady, lured TE Rob Gronkowski out of retirement and retained defensive standouts Shaquil Barrett, Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh. Now, the league has shown that they have high expectations for Tampa Bay in Bruce Arians' second season as head coach with such a high-profile schedule.
Tampa Bay opens the season on September 13th on the road against the Drew Brees-led New Orleans Saints. The matchup features two of the best quarterbacks in league history, with Brees and Brady sitting atop the NFL's leaderboard for career TD passes. Many NFL analysts predict the NFC South will be won by either the Saints or the Bucs.
The first prime-time game for Tampa Bay in 2020 comes in Week 5, when they travel to Chicago for a Thursday Night Football matchup against the Bears.
Other prime-time road games come vs. Las Vegas (Sunday, Oct. 25) and the New York Giants (Monday, November 2). Tampa Bay has prime-time games at home against New Orleans (Sunday, November 8) and the Los Angeles Rams (Monday, November 23).
The defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs visit Raymond James Stadium for a late-afternoon showdown on Sunday, November 29.
The regular season finale is Sunday, January 3 at home vs. division foe Atlanta.
Here's the complete 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule:
Sunday, September 13 at New Orleans (4:25pm)
Sunday, September 20 vs. Carolina (1:00pm)
Sunday, September 27 at Denver (4:25pm)
Sunday, October 4 vs. Los Angeles Chargers (1:00pm)
Thursday, October 8 at Chicago (8:20pm)
Sunday, October 18 vs. Green Bay (4:25pm)
Sunday, October 25 at Las Vegas (8:20pm)
Monday, November 2 at New York Giants (8:15pm)
Sunday, November 8 vs. New Orleans (8:20pm)
Sunday, November 15 at Carolina (1:00pm)
Monday, November 23 vs. Los Angeles Rams (8:15pm)
Sunday, November 29 vs. Kansas City (4:25pm)
Sunday, December 13 vs. Minnesota (1:00pm)
Sunday, December 20 at Atlanta (1:00pm)
December 26 or 27 at Detroit (TBD)
Sunday, January 3 vs. Atlanta (1:00pm)