With the season over, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers know their opponents for the 2017 season. A win over the Carolina Panthers gave them a 9-7 record and locked them into second place in the NFC South, the first time since 2011 they haven’t been in last place.
That position determined two opponents they’ll face next season: the New York Giants, and the Arizona Cardinals.
In addition to those two teams, they’ll face all of their division opponents twice, as is the case every year: the Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons.
The Bucs are also facing the AFC East, which will see them play host to the New England Patriots among others, and the NFC North. A long, long time ago (before 2002), the Bucs used to face those NFC North opponents every season, when they were in what was then called the NFC Central, so this’ll be another season full of old rivalries.
The Bucs’ schedule features six or seven games against this season’s playoff teams, depending on whether the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers make it in — at least one of those teams and potentially both of them will be in the playoffs this year.
Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, New York Jets, New York Giants
Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals