The 2014 NFL season is nearly over, which means we can start talking about 2015. And that includes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' future opponents, most of whom we know already, because the NFL uses a simple formula to determine each year's schedule. The only question marks for the Bucs are whether they'll face the 6-8 St. Louis Rams or the 7-7 San Francisco 49ers as their NFC West fourth-place opponent, and whether they'll face the 5-9 Chicago Bears or 6-8 Minnesota Vikings as their NFC North opponent.
So, via FB Schedules, here's the Bucs' 2015 schedule.
|Buccaneers 2015 opponents|
|Dallas Cowboys||@ Philadelphia Eagles|
|New York Giants||@ Washington|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||@ Houston Texans|
|Tennesee Titans||@ Indianapolis Colts|
|Atlanta Falcons||@ Atlanta Falcons|
|Carolina Panthers||Carolina Panthers|
|New Orleans Saints||New Orleans Saints|
|Fourth place NFC North||Fourth place NFC West|
Turns out the Bucs don't have a very difficult schedule, at first glance at least, but team quality can change rapidly year-to-year. The NFC South was awful this year, but each one of those teams could easily bounce back. And while the AFC South isn't great, each of those teams has some puzzle pieces and could be much better with a solid offseason.