Bucs-Dolphins Postponed To Nov. 19

September 6th, 2017

Decision made.

Bucs fans will have to wait a week for the NFL season to begin. And for the Bucs, it won’t be against the Dolphins.

The NFL has ruled that the season opening game between the Dolphins and the Bucs has been moved to Nov. 19 due to the oncoming threat of Hurricane Irma.

This means neither the Bucs nor the Dolphins will have a bye week this season.

Part of the statement sent out by the NFL is below:

Due to the potential impact of Hurricane Irma on South Florida, the Miami Dolphins home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, originally scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Hard Rock Stadium, will instead be played there in Week 11 on Sunday, November 19, the NFL announced.

The NFL announced yesterday that in the interest of public safety in light of the continuing state of emergency, the league, in consultation with state and local officials as well as both clubs, would not play an NFL game in South Florida this week.

So there you have it. The Bucs will host the Bears to open the season next Sunday. The schedule is set.

Until the next hurricane.

83 Responses to “Bucs-Dolphins Postponed To Nov. 19”

  1. OneBucPerson Says:

    Damn that sucks, but this is just another hurdle they’ll need to jump in order to make the playoffs. Hope everyone stays safe on Sunday.

  2. BradentonBucFan Says:

    Yet another example of the NFL focusing on “player safety”. The storm probably isn’t even going to hit Florida anymore…

  3. The Buc Realist Says:

    Should have played Friday night!!!! It would not have competed with the Thurs, game!! plenty of time to do it, and everyone could have gotten home!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!

  4. Landon Says:

    at least my tickets for the game will still be good 😀

  5. Greg Says:

    Obviously everyone knows the most important thing is safety we dont need another lecture from pretentious sports writers! It is however disappointing that the NFL couldn’t find a way to relocate or reschedule in a safe way. The article earlier claiming that the Bucs dont need a bye week because in the 80s the NFL didn’t have one is stupid. Back then NO ONE had one so it was fair. Now at the end of the season when our team looks out of gas and burned out well revisit this discussion. So much hope this year to have this happen is unfortunate, I just feel there could have been a way to play it safely. Be safe everyone.

  6. Jeffbuc Says:

    Well so much for the 30 dolphins countdown articles. Chicago countdown articles starting now

  7. tnew Says:

    Carolina and Atlanta caught a break, as well as Jacksonville to be all traveling this week. Their games would have similar issues at this point. The storm could tilt really easily and affect Carolina and Atlanta moreso than us. Lets all hope this was a huge knee jerk and the storm spins out to see harmlessly.

  8. BucsFanDan Says:

    As far as the Friday night option, I believe that was taken off the table when Govna, declared a state of emergency which requires all emergency persons to do 12hr shifts. It would be irresponsible of the NFL to stretch resources at this time, since its best to err on the side of caution.

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    That just ain’t right. How is it not a violation of the CBA?

  10. Cannonblaster Says:

    Another problem not talked about enough….this now means the Bucs won’t have Doug Martin for the Giants game.

  11. Coach Says:

    To penalize us and the ‘Phins for going through an event that 30 other teams don’t have to deal with….. is disrespectful and f’ed up. I know Houston recently went through a hurricane but their event did not stop them for being able to prepare for week one. They get to keep their bye week. Now our guys deal with a disadvantage that the rest of the league doesn’t have to deal with. This is bullspit.

  12. tnew Says:

    Ok.. lets start looking for the brightside people. The first quarter of the season is really important. We really need to get off to a 3-1 record for the first quarter. Miami was a tough game so lets see who replaced that……

    Um nevermind

  13. JameisWin55 Says:

    16 straight weeks of football games is just brutal potentially 17 weeks of games with a first round playoff game that’s a lot to ask a team to overcome

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    You would think the NFL would learn to not schedule home games the first week or two of the season in Florida.


    Well, as much as I want to be ticked off, what’s done is done. Time to move on.

  15. pabucsfan Says:

    Soooo since this is the bye week are they not allowed to practice now? Dolphins already practiced isnt that in violation with the labor agreement?

  16. Q Says:

    You guys need to show some respect….the staff the players and employees have families ….these are not robots you just throw out there…a week won’t hurt anyone

  17. Greg Says:

    They could’ve just moved the location

  18. Big Mo Says:

    so does anyone know if this means Doug Martin will miss one less game?

  19. Architek Says:

    Oh well – don’t agree but what do you do?!?!??

  20. Pickgrin Says:

    That’s some BS. They could have played the game Thursday night easily. Storm not coming until Sunday. That leaves 2 full days for players to get their families and property squared away and would not have overly taxed the city’s resources security wise.

    Not happy about this. I get it – path of least resistance for the league while the Bucs (and Fins) get Screwed.

  21. NOSBOS Says:

    Should be granted a compensatory pick for this dumb s@#!. But I honestly think this will be a none issue if we start this season fast. Winning is the magic elixir,doing so will ease the anks of this. I agree with Nate Burleson the bye week doesn’t heal these players bodies it’s more of a mental break or get away during the season. If our guys want a bye week just ensure having one of the two best records in the nfc at the end of year and they’ll have a bye week.

  22. The Buc Realist Says:


    Why did Carolina, Atlanta And Jacksonville caught a break??? Are they playing Monday night, Tuesday????? Irma will be still south of Lake Okeechobee Around Sunday midnight!!!!!!

  23. Tampa Bay Tailgater Says:

    Maybe the Phins and Bucs can both agree to play the backups for week 11 to simulate a bye week, similar to a week 4 preseason game.

    Phins, you go first….

  24. tnew Says:

    Realist… They are all traveling

  25. Bucthis Says:

    I agree with not playing Miami this weekend because of Irma, but not moving it somewhere north this week tells you it is not about player safety. It’s about greed. By making the Bucs play 16 straight puts the Bucs at a competitive disadvantage and doesn’t allow the players bodies a chance to heal up midway through the year. If they played elsewhere this week they wouldn’t have filled the stadium and it would have cost a ton of overtime for a last minute move to a venue. This way they can fill the place up in November at regular cost. This has nothing to do with player safety.

  26. NOSBOS Says:

    What do you do when your back is up against wall????

  27. rrsrq Says:

    Smart move by the NFL, to many other concerns, can you really focus on a game when your family and community is facing a Cat 5. So many other things to think about even if you move the game.
    Not only that, its a week TJ Ward, Jac Smith, Kwon, GMC, Dotson can heal and get caught up.
    Both teams esp. the fins will have heck of a gauntlet of a schedule. Hopefully the Bucs win the division and get the bye for the playoffs, or kick butt so much that we rest players in game 16, that’s how I look at it, yeah we will need some luck to stay healthy.

  28. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    So…I guess whether the bye week is important will prove out this season. We are now an official NFL experiment.

    I hope the Bucs look at this as a slap in the face and get ticked off. Would love an undefeated season. Wouldn’t that show them all?

  29. tnew Says:

    Carolina in San Fran
    Atlanta in Chicago
    Jacksonville in Houston

  30. Q Says:

    Doug suspension is by game not weeks

  31. NOSBOS Says:

    We were gonna play eleven str8 weeks anyway. I’m not buying a pity party. When storms arise I’m still expected to Do My Job..

  32. Wausa Says:


    Very well said.

  33. rrsrq Says:

    For those saying Thursday would’ve worked, it could not because the governor declared a “state of emergency”, which means all resources are at the states disposal, not the Bucs. They are already under mandatory evacuation in the keys, Fins did not want to lose a second home game as well.

  34. TampaTown Says:

    I am so pi$$ed off I could chew glass. If both teams didn’t have the same bye week this wouldn’t even have been an option. So now every other team has an advantage? Total BS. I can’t believe this has happened. Easily could have been Thursday or Friday.

  35. Q Says:

    I applaud the NFL…say they play Friday…if the lights go out how the hell are you gonna watch? May miss all games week 1

  36. tnew Says:

    The NFL didn’t want to do this guys. The two possible things would have been to move the game. Miami might have said no way, we want the gate. Miami could’ve decided the home gate was more important than the bye week. The other thing the NFL could’ve done would be to schedule a Tuesday night game pending the path of the storm but then the NFL would’ve had to scramble about what to do with the telecast of the game.

  37. Q Says:

    Tampatown your not gonna die without football…its one week lol

  38. Dooshlarue Says:

    What a bunch of over-reacting sissies!

    Joe made a good point yesterday about the advantages of having an extra week to prepare, watch film on the Bears and rest.

    I bet if GMC was dinged up you all would be saying it was a blessing.

    If we’re as good as everyone thinks this doesn’t mean Sh!t.
    Stay safe….. Go Bucs

  39. Q Says:

    Well said Doo

  40. NOSBOS Says:

    This just makes it imperative we start really fast. Them folks trying to sit zek down for 6 games. No one outside of lil d feels sorry for them much like no one will feel sorry for us. I hope this vex’s this football team. I hope they play like something that was rightfully theirs has been taken from them and makes them wanna do something about it.

  41. Conte Piscateli Says:

    On the plus side, the week of gives the team time to get TJ and Jack smooth ready to play next week. And we will have tape off week 2 opponent and extra time to game plan

  42. The Buc Realist Says:


    They could be home and it would just be a regular Sunday!!!!! Are there any “Real” Floridians here anymore!!!!! Prepare, but do get hysterical!!!!!! The Dolphins and Bucs could have easily played Friday night and all been home to just sit around Saturday waiting for something to happen!!!!! What is having the whole week sitting around going to do in Miami if they get a direct hit????? ” I have no roof but I am glad that we taped or boarded up the windows!!!!! ”
    I do not trust the forecast more than 2 or 3 days out and it is Wednesday morning!!!!!!!!
    Most have watched for days the video of Houston and its less than half of a city underwater and think that florida is going to be sunk underwater!!!!! Once again, prepare, but don’t get Hysterical!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!

  43. Q Says:

    Guys like jameis Gerald ward and McDonald the vets will step up and let the young guys know there’s no excuses…they are professionals we will be fine…just think they can play with a clear head week 2 vs chicago…plus first 3/4 at home

  44. tnew Says:

    Wow, just looked at the Miami schedule. They now open

    at San Diego
    at New York
    at Saints (London)

    That is going to take some serious toll. They may have put there foot down regarding scheduling and said no we aren’t playing this weekend on the road too.

  45. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Are you guys even watching TV? Folks are already emptying out the plywood and water and gas. You really want to play a game while folks are clogging the highways and gas stations…that’s ALREADY taking place in S. Florida and it’s only Wednesday! By tomorrow night it would be awful..and Friday night was out of the question.

    Guys…its a freaking football game. Are the people here too young to remember Andrew? This will cost us perhaps the Falcon’s game in Atlanta which would have been after the bye. I concede that. So instead of 13-3 we end up 12-4 or 11-5. We know what our leader #3 will say about it….F your circumstances line up and freaking play the games!!!

    If this thing slams Miami and S. Florida it’s going to make Houston look like a bad thunderstorm.

    Bonzai I hope you and your fellow Christians are launching prayers bigtime. I certainly have my fellow Floridians in my meditations.

    The latest European models have it veering more northward now…hopefully that Low will bend it all the way off shore.

    I get that we may still luck out and only get a glancing blow. But again…when you’re playing Russian roulette the odds are 5-1 in your favor. So would you feel comfortable about pulling the trigger. It’s no longer about the odds of getting blasted…it’s about the carnage that will devastate our friends and Florida brethren if this thing hits on the loaded chamber.

    As for football…I get the debate that they could have moved the game to Philly or Pittsburgh or wherever….better for us…not the Fins who would lose a second home game. I’m not sure this was just a money decision.

  46. WT Says:

    We are all disappointed to not see out team play this week, please consider this:
    1. Yes possibly they could have moved the game up.
    2. This weekend no mater where the site could be it is just not practical, would you be at your best leaving your family behind in a large storm?
    3. Yes, the bye week loss could hurt down the road but look at the up front advantages: we get to be fully healthy, 2 weeks to prepare for Chicago, 1st game at home, Chicago will have no film on us.
    4. I am a huge fan, however some things in life are more important. It is not just players schedules and families involved there are stadium workers, tv crews, law and safety personal the list goes on and on of people that could be effected by an eventual storm hit.
    BE safe and Go Bucs!

  47. JAB83 Says:

    Its really gonna kill us when Jose is in this same spot next week and they declare a state of an emergency.

    And if thing levels ATL and or CAR. Well guess what? No seriously the outcome is anyones guess.

    To the NFL that is.

    Real lives will be forever changed isn’t a guess. Its a fact. So better safe than sorry.

    Although I did wanna see my Bucs one last time 🙁

  48. Tom Edrington Says:

    Good call……period.

  49. Gencoimports Says:

    Well that’s that. Ok Bucs, use this as motivation to get a Week 18 bye.

  50. JJBucFan Says:

    MLB moved the Houston/Rangers to Tampa for a 3 game set. Plain and simple the NFL didn’t want to lose the “shine” on the Pats-KC opening night game. Those players should be evacuating their families now anyway and the players could have met up with their families after the game. Having said that, hope everyone stays safe and Irma does the right thing and keeps making little jogs to the NE. What are the F-ing odds that we would have the same bye week as the Dolphins that are in the AFC East and play them week 1? SMDH!!

  51. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We were unlucky to have the same bye week with Miami……this game could have been rescheduled to Mon night and then cancelled at the last minute if conditions didn’t permit.

    This scheduling is the best case for the NFL & to some degree the Dolphins (playing in Miami instead of elsewhere)…..but not the Bucs.

    It’s suck it up time….maybe this will piss us off enough to overcome the bye week loss…..when everyone is getting their week & we don’t.

  52. TampaTown Says:

    I’m just furious the NFL took the easy way out. Path of least resistance. I’m not talking thinking, talking or suggesting people’s safety doesn’t come first. I don’t think anyone here is. Duh. Chris Baker is right the NFLPA should get involved and not allow this BS to go down. There ARE other options! And for Christ’s sake, just give all FL teams an away game the first week of the season. It’s not rocket science. Ugh….

  53. TampaTown Says:

    I might not survive. 😉

  54. Jaykpatel Says:

    Silver Lining: first four Buc opponents will have one less week of tape and the Bucs gain an extra week. One less for Pats is a pretty nice advantage.

  55. tnew Says:

    St Pete.. agree x 1000. The Russian Roulette analogy. Perfect. Prepare so that you aren’t forced to panic.

  56. Casey Morgan Says:

    Nothing about this is a “good call.” The NFL has the money to fly both teams (and their families) to Philadelphia or where ever and play the game. This is an unfair disadvantage. 10-6 could now be 8-8…

  57. Joey Says:

    One thing that I was looking forward to was playing an out of shape and unfamiliar with the offense Jay Cutler. He would have thrown a lot of passes to our defense to pick. Now he will be in game shape and know the offense making the Dolphin game much harder than it would be this week. Add in that we won’t have a bye and the postseason becomes less of a probability and more of a possibility if everything falls right. Now our first game is against a team with one under their belts. Plus from week 6 through week 13 we have 6 games on the road out of 8. We may be screwed.

  58. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Wait, Bonzai said yesterday that Stroud was making sh1t up and that there was no way this would happen! Did Bonzai get bad intel during one of his phone conversations with Goodell and the Glazers????

  59. Seminole Bill Says:

    Extremely unfair for us not to get a bye week, while the Falcons, Saints and Panthers do. We should get an extra first round draft pick in the next draft as compensation (as should the Fins).

  60. EP Says:

    Wonder if anyone at NFL considered the loss of the bye week to these two teams to not be right and suggested if two teams lose it, all 32 should lose it? I know…a logistical nightmare but really there are two odd things that make this decision easy for them. Both teams a have the same bye week. if both did not, they could not make this decision; would not even be an option. Seems to me they took the easier way out in messing with two teams. I know a logistical nightmare to redo but they get paid big bucks to charge us big bucks so they should put in the work. 1-2-3 GRIND.

  61. simeon 97 Says:

    We play the jets the week before at home. That could be considered a bye.

  62. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Welp, any chances we had of going to deep into the post season this year just got radically diminished.

    F*** Roger Goodell.

  63. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Cannonblaster Says
    “Another problem not talked about enough….this now means the Bucs won’t have Doug Martin for the Giants game.”

    That’s because we have other RBs that might do a better job. Maybe. If the running game is the (next) two games, you can bet it will be brought up a lot more.

  64. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Q Says
    “You guys need to show some respect….the staff the players and employees have families ….these are not robots you just throw out there…a week won’t hurt anyone”

    Except even the players and coaches don’t like this. So what you really mean is show respect to the NFL, but not the players and coaches?

  65. ARGH_M8E Says:

    *****TH!S !S FVCK!NG HORSE SH!T*****

  66. PRBucFan Says:

    A$$h0le NFL

  67. darin Says:

    Its a game guys. Whoever i called out other day saying calm down it wasnt gona be postponed I was wrong. Gota admit it. Good call tho. I think they are doing it a bit early but better safe than sorry. Lets get our bye week, week wait for football, over with now. Stay safe people. The players arent sweating it we shouldnt. Go Bucs

  68. Eric Says:

    We are getting a bye week now.

    No biggie.

    Much better chance of starting 1-.

    Unless Glennon lights us up like a Christmas Tree.

  69. THETRUTH Says:

    Bucs bye week will be week before we play SUPERBOWL!!!
    Embrace challenge!!

  70. simeon 97 Says:

    Chicago is a trap game. They may not have film on us, but Glennon knows us. They’d be stupid not to extract as much as they can.

  71. 321BucFan Says:

    Precedent was already set back in 2008 with Hurricane Ike.

    “Hurricane Ike forced several changes to the 2008 schedule. The Houston Texans’ Week 2 home game against the Baltimore Ravens was first postponed to Monday, September 15, before Ike made landfall; damage to Reliant Stadium forced a further postponement, to Week 10, on Sunday, November 9, giving the Texans and the Ravens their bye weeks in Week 2.”

  72. buccfan305 Says:

    Some much for 4 days till kickoff. Like we haven’t waited long enough to see some fooball. F#####@@@@@@K!!!!!!!

  73. stpetebucsfan Says:

    BTW….we do not lose that much competitively. Like most here I thought losing a bye week was disastrous to our ability to compete.

    But on the IRA thread I did the research…and despite what we’ve all been led to believe teams coming off the bye do NOT have that great an advantage.

    Teams coming off the bye tend to win at a 53% rate…a slight advantage but not overwhelming. Bottom line is that the good teams tend to win after the bye and the bad teams continue to lose.

  74. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Cannonblaster Says:

    September 6th, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Another problem not talked about enough….this now means the Bucs won’t have Doug Martin for the Giants game

    I just mentioned that on another post. I think this should count towards the suspension. Hurts us, helps the Giants, and lord knows we need all the help we can get October 1st through the fifth.

  75. buccfan305 Says:

    So does this mean that Doug Martin gets a free bee week for his suspension?
    That’s only fair…..hahahahah

  76. WESLEY Says:

    Stupid, should have played in Jax Friday night.

  77. Iamkingsu Says:

    So know bye week? Smfh. No time to get healthy during the season?

  78. Phil Says:

    Did they say what they are going to the following weekend when the hurricane is in Tampa?

  79. DBS Says:

    If a hurricane is headed toward Tampa(which it s not) @ x MPH this Saturday and the game is next Sunday . Never mind.

  80. NFLNut Says:

    1. Bucs have to play 16 straight games, something 30 other teams don’t have to do

    2. Bucs lose ability for an extra week to prepare for division opponent and playoff competition (Falcons) but gain it for the lowly Bears

    3. Bucs lose the ability to play Doug Martin against a conference opponent and playoff competition (Giants) but get to play him against Miami

    ALL of the above is HORRIBLE news for the Bucs!

  81. ARGH_M8E Says:

    Horrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrse shhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeee-it!!!

  82. DBS Says:

    It gives cancercon and joe more time to bash Glennon.

  83. Mike Johnson Says:

    Although I do not like the call, it was the one to make. I was all fired up for the game this week. But to have played the game wed thru friday in Fl anywheres wouls not be right. Having been thru many Hurricanes myself in fl, they are no joke. I hope this one just stays..way south of Fl. Good luck to everybody!