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And the third blackout of the year arrives: New Orleans Saints - Tampa Bay Buccaneers blacked out

Two weeks ago, the Bucs were on Monday Night Football. It was the first home game in well over a season that had sold out. And unfortunately it's going to remain the only game to sell out for a while longer. Sunday's game between the Saints and Buccaneers will be blacked out locally. According to Rick Stroud the Bucs expect about 55,000 people to attend, which would be about 5,000 more people than showed up for the first two home games this year.

This marks the third blackout this season, but at least it isn't as bad as last year, when every single game was blacked out. Two more 'home' games will also likely not be blacked out in the Tampa Bay area. Next week's game against the Chicago Bears will be played in London. As far as I know, this game won't be blacked out in the Tampa Bay area. In addition, the week 15 game against the Dallas Cowboys should sell out in time to avoid a blackout as well.

That means the Bucs have two more likely blackouts to look forward to: in week 10 against the Houston Texans, and in week 13 against the Carolina Panthers, which will also be the throwback game.