At the end of last season, Bucs coach Bruce Arians said, “I think the difference between us and the New Orleans Saints – in September, they knew they were going to win the division. We thought we might. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be kicking off their 2020 season with none other than the very team that won the NFC South for three consecutive seasons – the Saints. The Bucs are scheduled to play all teams in the NFC North and AFC West in 2020. And the numbers reveal that Brady might have mixed feelings. The Buccaneers QB is 17-3 against NFC North opponents, but he’s fought some of his hardest battles in the AFC West, going 29-16. Tampa Bay’s schedule also includes three teams that Brady has never lost to: The Falcons, Vikings, and Bears. In 2019, the Bucs traveled nearly 28,000 miles to visit opponents. Thanks to no London, Los Angeles, or Seattle trips, they’ll be traveling less than 16,000 miles in 2020.
A rematch-filled season
The 2020 season has several rematches of games in which Brady has been victorious. In week 8, he will meet with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers after defeating them 31-17 in 2018 without the help of Rob Gronkowski, who was injured at the time. In week 7, Jon Gruden gets a rematch for the “Tuck Rule” game that’s been 18 years in the making – since Brady “ran him out” of Oakland, as Gruden put it. Then in week 11, Sean McVay gets his rematch after losing to Brady and the New England Patriots 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII. When week 12 comes around, Brady will get to face Patrick Mahomes and the Super Bowl champions Kansas City chiefs, a team he beat 37-31 in the 2018 AFC Championship.
The Bucs with Prime Time The Bucs will have five prime-time games this year. To put that into perspective, Tampa Bay has never had more than four prime-time games in a single season. The only times they’ve had that many was in 2002 – the year they won the Super Bowl – and in 2003. While the Buccaneers may have a disappointing 12-18 all-time record in prime-time games, Brady is a different story. He is a career 50-21 in prime time, which includes a 17-7 record on Monday night, 12-1 on Thursday night and 21-13 on Sunday night.
The schedule for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2020 season was recently released and it includes five prime-time games. Thanks, Tom.
Check out the full schedule here: https://www.espn.com/nfl/team/schedule/_/name/tb