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Buccaneers’ 2019 preseason opponents released

Tampa Bay now knows who it will be facing in its four August exhibition games.

Cleveland Browns v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It’s April, which means schedules for the upcoming NFL season start to trickle out little by little. On Tuesday, the league announced matchups for all four weeks of the preseason, with full details of exact dates and times to be announced at a later date.

The 2019 preseason schedule for the Buccaneers is as follows:

Week 1 (Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m.): at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 2 (Aug. 15-19): vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 3 (Aug. 22-25): vs. Cleveland Browns

Week 4 (Aug. 29-30): at Dallas Cowboys

That preseason opener in Pittsburgh on Aug. 9 will give new Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians a special re-debut, as he is a native of York, Pennsylvania and also won two Super Bowls an assistant with the Steelers.

In week two, the Bucs will meet up with the Dolphins in Tampa. That matchup has been a common one throughout the years as far as preseason goes, and it will give the two teams a chance to run joint practices leading up to the exhibition.

Tampa Bay will also host the Cleveland Browns in preseason action, marking the fourth time in the last five years that the two have met in August. This time will be a bit different, as the Browns could be a hot pick to win the AFC North after making some big moves — including making a trade for Odell Beckham Jr. — in the offseason. Of course, Beckham and the other new additions join an already-impressive core of young players that helped Cleveland to a 7-8-1 record in 2018, just one year after the team went 0-16.

The Bucs round out their preseason with a first, as they will meet the Dallas Cowboys in exhibition play for the first time ever.

After that trip to Dallas, the Bucs will return home to prepare for the 2019 regular season.

All four preseason games will be televised locally by WFLA-TV. Exact dates and times for weeks two through four, as well as the regular season schedule, should be available as the month rolls on.