When the Raheem Morris/Mark Dominik regime took over in 2009, the Buccaneers announced that they would start holding annual throwback games. While the 2009 Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked a lot like those dreadful 1980s Buccaneers teams, the one game in which they actually wore the uniforms from those times was the first game the Buccaneers won that season. It also marked Josh Freeman's first career start. So surprisingly, the throwback uniform was pretty good to the Bucs in their first season. This was not the case last season, though, as the Bucs gave up a ten-point fourth quarter lead to the Falcons.
This season, the Buccaneers will have to once again use the throwback uniforms, but they have yet to announce in which game they will do so. The Bucs have just 7 home games to choose from, as they play the Chicago Bears in London. You can see the 7 games in the poll. Personally, I'm partial to the Week 1 game against Detroit Lions, as it is a classic NFC Central matchup. The Bucs and Lions used to clash in some pretty tense games when Barry Sanders was still running by everyone, and last season the Bucs lost a crucial, close game against the Lions. Plenty of history, but I don't know if the season opener is really right as a throwback game.
Another good option would be the week 4 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football. The throwback games always have a great atmosphere, which would be a good thing to show on Monday Night Football. Besides that, Josh Freeman's Bucs vs Peyton Manning's Colts should be an interesting battle. Finally, the last time these two teams met on Monday Night Football it was Tony Dungy's Colts versus Jon Gruden's Super Bowl Champion Buccaneers in 2003, and the Bucs somehow managed to give up a 35-14 lead with just 5:09 left in the fourth quarter. There's some history there, too.
Which game would you like to see the Bucs wearing the throwback uniforms for?