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It’s here. The Buccaneers 2018 schedule has arrived and there is a pleasant surprise for the fans that actually go to Raymond James Stadium.

The team appears to escape a Thursday night game, but do get a game at home on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Tampa Bay’s schedule faces a tough stretch of games before the early bye on Week 5 as they open against the 2017 NFC South Division Champions New Orleans Saints. That game is followed by hosting the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles and then the Monday night game Week 3.

The Bucs will see a stretch of home games Weeks 12-14 before playing their final home game on the final week of the season against Atlanta.

Perhaps the best part is not sitting around waiting for a late Sunday afternoon game and delaying what some consider the inevitable.

Check out the full schedule below.

Preseason

1. Thursday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m. at Dolphins

2. Saturday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m. at Titans

3. Friday, Aug. 24, 8 p.m. Lions

4. Thursday, Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m. Jaguars

Regular Season

1. Sunday, Sept. 9, 1 p.m., at Saints

2. Sunday, Sept. 16, 1 p.m., EAGLES

3. Monday, Sept. 24 8:15 p.m., STEELERS

4. Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m., at Bears

5. BYE

6. Sunday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m., at Falcons

7. Sunday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m., BROWNS

8. Sunday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m., at Bengals

9. Sunday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m., at Panthers

10. Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m., REDSKINS

11. Sunday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m., at Giants

12. Sunday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m. 49ERS

13. Sunday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m. PANTHERS

14. Sunday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m. SAINTS

15. Sunday, Dec. 16, 1 p.m., at Ravens

16. Sunday, Dec. 23, 1 p.m., at Cowboys

17. Sunday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m., FALCONS

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Strength of Schedule

Bucs have the fourth toughest schedule with an opponent combined 2017 winning percentage of .531.

2019 Opponents

Home

Arizona, Atlanta, Carolina, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, San Francisco, NFC East Opponent TBD

Away

Atlanta, Carolina, Jacksonville, LA Rams, New Orleans, Seattle, Tennessee, NFC North Opponent TBD