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The Buccaneers have a terrifyingly easy schedule

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a terrifyingly easy 2015 schedule, if we can by teams' 2014 results. Which we can't, really, because the NFL fluctuates a lot -- but it's a better indicator than nothing. According to CBS Sports, the Bucs will face opponents with a combined 2014 record of 108-146-2 or .425, which ranks 29th in the NFL.

That's  a really easy schedule, in large part thanks to the NFC South's absolutely abysmal performance last year. Predictably, the other NFC South teams also have an easy schedule: the New Orleans Saints rank 28th, the Carolina Panthers rank 27th, and the Atlanta Falcons rank dead last.

This should not be all that surprising: the Bucs face only three playoff teams next season, and aside from their weak division, they also face a very weak AFC division in the AFC South and get to play the last-place finishers in the NFC. That's not a recipe for a difficult season.

Of course, this is an imperfect indicator. The NFL sees a lot of variation in winning percentage from year to year. But it's still a weak indicator, and it suggests that returning to winning ways may not be as difficult as people think.

You can find the Bucs' full schedule here, or look below.

Buccaneers 2015 opponents
Home Away
DAL Dallas Cowboys PHI @ Philadelphia Eagles
NYG New York Giants WAS @ Washington
JAC Jacksonville Jaguars HOU @ Houston Texans
TEN Tennesee Titans IND @ Indianapolis Colts
ATL Atlanta Falcons ATL @ Atlanta Falcons
CAR Carolina Panthers CAR Carolina Panthers
NO New Orleans Saints NO New Orleans Saints
CHI Chicago Bears STL St. Louis Rams