Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Schedule 2014: Dates, game times, strength of schedule and more

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The 2014 NFL schedule has been released, which means the Tampa Bay Buccaneers know where they'll be in which weeks -- and it means the fans can start planning their road (or home) trips. The Bucs will play the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and St. Louis Rams at home. On the road they'll face the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints.

You can finally start planning your football season now that the 2014 NFL schedule has been released. The bye week is in week 7, and the team's only prime time game will occur on Thursday Night Football against the Atlanta Falcons in week 3. Here is who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play in the 2014 season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2014 schedule:

Week 1 - Carolina Panthers, Sunday Sep 7, 4:25 PM, FOX (Bucs vs. Panthers: 11-16)

Week 2 - St. Louis Rams, Sunday 4:05 PM, FOX (Bucs vs. Rams: 8-11)

Week 3- at Atlanta Falcons, Thursday Sep 18, 8:25 PM, CBS/NFL Network  (Bucs vs. Falcons: 21-20)

Week 4 - at Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday Sep 28, 1:00 PM, FOX Steelers (Bucs vs. Steelers: 1-8)

Week 5 - at New Orleans Saints, Sunday Oct 5, 1:00 PM, FOX (Bucs vs. Saints: 17-27)

Week 6 - Baltimore Ravens, Sunday Oct 12, 1:00 PM, CBS (Bucs vs. Ravens: 2-2)

Week 7 - BYE

Week 8 - Minnesota Vikings, Sunday Oct 26 1:00 PM, FOX (Bucs vs. Vikings: 22-31)

Week 9 - at Cleveland Browns, Sunday Nov 2, 1:00 PM, FOX (Bucs vs. Browns: 3-5)

Week 10 - Atlanta Falcons, Sunday Nov 9, 1:00 PM, FOX (Bucs vs. Falcons: 21-20)

Week 11 - at Washington Redskins, Sunday Nov 16, 1:00 PM, FOX (Bucs vs. Redskins: 9-9)

Week 12 - at Chicago Bears, Sunday Nov 23, 1:00 PM (Bucs vs. Bears: 18-36)

Week 13 - Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday Nov 30, 1:00 PM, CBS (Bucs vs. Bengals: 7-3)

Week 14 - at Detroit Lions, Sunday Dec 7, 1:00 PM, FOX (Bucs vs. Lions: 26-29)

Week 15 - at Carolina Panthers, Sunday Dec 14, 1:00 PM, FOX (Bucs vs. Panthers: 11-16)

Week 16 - Green Bay Packers, Sunday Dec 21, 1:00 PM, FOX (Bucs vs. Packers: 21-30-1)

Week 17 - New Orleans Saints, Sunday Dec 28, 1:00 PM, FOX (Bucs vs. Saints: 17-27)

Primetime games: Week 3 at Atlanta Falcons, Thursday Night Football.

Strength of schedule: .484 (19t-hardest) - 10th toughest by Vegas odds

Tickets: Tampa Bay Buccaneers tickets

Future schedules:

We also know the schedules for 2015 and 2016, assuming the formula for determining opponents doesn't change. The Bucs will face the NFC East and the AFC South in 2015, while they'll have to beat the NFC West and AFC West in 2016, in addition to their division opponents and two more NFC opponents, who will be decided based on where in the divisions the teams finish.

Buccaneers 2014 preseason schedule:

Week 1 (Friday, Aug. 8, 7:30 PM): at Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 2 (Saturday, Aug. 16, 7:30 PM): Miami Dolphins

Week 3 (Saturday, Aug. 23, TBA): at Buffalo Bills

Week 4 (Thursday, Aug. 28, 7:30 PM): Washington Redskins

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