Credible Reports: Bucs To Open At Home; First 3 Games Set

April 17th, 2019

UPDATED 7:10 p.m. – The first legitimate reports/rumors on the Bucs’ 2019 regular-season schedule have emerged.

Man, Joe is fired up. The first comes from, per their NBC Sports Bay Area comrades who cover the “other” Bay area.

Matt Maiocco has noted the San Francisco 49ers will be the Bucs’ Week 1 opponent in the swelter that is Tampa on a Sunday in September.

No word on whether it would be a 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. start.

Joe would wager a few bucks that new 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander’s knee, surgically repaired in November, won’t be ready to face his old teammates.

If accurate, this would be a godsend for the Bucs — a very beatable team on opening day at home for the confidence-hungry Bucs. Maybe Jimmy Garoppolo will even have some rust on him.

The online arm of the Newark Star-Ledger has a full story with the New York Giants’ complete schedule, placing them in Tampa for Week 3, a 4:05 p.m. start.

The Week 6 “home game” in England against the Panthers was announced this morning.

Panthers beat writer Joe Person says it’s Bucs at Carolina on Thursday Night Football in Week 2.

32 Responses to “Credible Reports: Bucs To Open At Home; First 3 Games Set”

  1. TampaTown Says:

    Bucs vs Giants September 22 @ 4:05pm

  2. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Bay of Pigs 2019 version

  3. adam from ny Says:

    i hear kwon is gonna be sporting gold hair now as he flops out in frisco…


  4. Elita Vita Says:

    Bucs vs 49ers for the opener? Welcome back Mr Lynch!

  5. Dewey Selmon Says:

    I remember the 97 opener when we “arrived”. Knocked Rice and Young out of the game.

  6. Defense Rules Says:

    Aahh yes, another ‘credible report’. First it was New Orleans. Then it was Arizona. Now it’s San Fran. Personally I’m holding out for the Giants.

  7. TampaTown Says:

    Thanks Joe! Guess you wanted to verify my post earlier today about Bucs vs Giants. I should have mentioned the Giants schedule leaked a day early like it does literally every year at

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I was sort of hoping for a home opening against the Salt Lake Stallions….


    To call anyone “very beatable” by the Buccaneers is sheer fantasy given their record the past two seasons…..

  10. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Oh yes Wise One……… a very beatable team
    You sir, are delusional.

    Or did the well-trained orangutans at PFF lead you to believe that the 49ers are beatable?

  11. 813bucboi Says:

    shouldve played them in san fran to avoid any chance of a game being in jeopardy due to weather…..

    oh well….hope its at 1pm for the wife’s sake…….she hates opening day….if the game is at 4pm, she knows unk & my brothers will be at the house by 10am and drunk by noon……..she rather have the game start at 1pm so everyone is gone by 6pm at the latest…..


  12. Pryda...Sec 147 Says:

    Jameis would own Kwon.

  13. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says:
    “I was sort of hoping for a home opening against the Salt Lake Stallions….”


    No doubt, man.
    I think if we could keep it close late into the 3rd, we would have a chance!

  14. Magadude Says:

    If it’s a 4pm start, the schedule guys are rigged. That woudl be advantage SF…not to mention TStorms mean about 40% chance or better of a rain delay.
    Start at 1pm, get it done, use the time zone for Bucs favor.

  15. Magadude Says:

    Seems plausible, but my money is on ATL coming here for a 1pm season start.

  16. Chris Says:

    Why don’t we just fookin wait until the official release of the schedule later tonight?

  17. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    The Bucs are beatable to every team

  18. SappAttack Says:

    If we are playing 9ers week 1 and Giants week 2 – both at home – we are most likely traveling to an AFC opponent right week 2, right?

    Opening up three games at home not happening and first three games against the NFL doesn’t seem fair. You could bury yourself early going 0-3 in that situation.

    So that means Titans or Jags. I can see the Titans game being TNF or MNF, Jameis vs Mariotta part 2

  19. SappAttack Says:

    sorry Giant week 3 I meant*

  20. Gman Says:

    Why does everyone have such a hard on about the schedule being released? All it tells me is when I will most likely get heat stroke. You dopes will sit here and try to predict wins and losses…your mother wants her spare bedroom back.

  21. jerseybuc Says: has a story saying their early EASY schedule could mean a 6-2 Giants start. This is the team picking one behind us. I hope to God you guys find a way to not sell your tickets like always to Giant fans when they come down in September. Eli started his run towards first SB in our building when he came back from 7-0 hole vs. a soon to be retired Mr. Derrick Brooks. We were a TD favorite and losing that game still rankles me. I want us to cream the damn Giants for a change. Go Bucs!

  22. Z31 BUCS Says:

    Gman Says:
    “Why does everyone have such a hard on about the schedule being released?”


    What’s it to ya? If you don’t like it, don’t read it.
    …and go back to rooting for the Giants, “Gman”.

  23. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I do not question your contrarian strain nor do I refer to you as a troll. You do not engage in hyperbole and come across as a “loyal” but totally disappointed fan.

    I’ve had the discussion about positive thinking versus negative thinking far too many times already. Nobody can argue past results but the future is just that…something that has not happened.

    And so when you post…”The Bucs are beatable to every team”
    I got no argument because that is literally true…and not just for the Bucs but for every team in the NFL. But I hope you can also agree that not only can the Bucs get whipped by any team…they in turn can beat any team.

    As for San Fran…I agree with Joe but I simply hope that the new coaching staff does not get them “San Francisco ready”.

  24. TampaTown Says:

    @ Z31 Bucs:
    Good one

  25. Buc believer Says:

    If that’s true I hope we kick the snot out of Lynch!

  26. cmurda Says:

    I would say that we get shafted by having a home game in England but who am I kidding. There will be way more Bucs fans there than at Ray Jay

  27. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    @st pete

    I’m only responding to the notion of the Bucs looking down or the fans seeing another team as “beatable” until the Bucs prove different they are the basement dwellers of the nfc. Nearly every team and their fans have them marked off as a automatic W.

    As a fan who spends 75% of my time outside of Tampa the rest of the NFL fans don’t respect or fear our team. Bucs have to earn my optimism as each of the last few years they’ve been a huge let down.

    Truth hurts

  28. TampaTown Says:

    Todd Krasniqi just posted the Bucs schedule on his Twitter account

  29. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Between sept 22 and nov 10 there will be zero games played at RayJay.

  30. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Again I can’t quibble with “the truth” when it’s about the past. My point is simply that there is no truth in the future…until it becomes the past.

    And so we literally have choices. Do we want to live in the past or embrace the future with hope?

    A famous man whose name eludes me right now said…”If you are depressed it’s because you spend too much time in the past….if you are anxious it’s because you spend too much time in the future”.

    Of course we literally only have this moment. And THIS moment I offer you a choice. Do not dwell on the past disappointments…don’t get too jammed by what MIGHT happen in 2019…just enjoy your status as a “Bucs fan”. You have to be a true fan to remain loyal to Bucs and are not a front runner, and if you live here you always get the last laugh anyway….just another day in paradise.

  31. jerseybuc Says:

    My god. Week 3 we leave and gone til week 10. That is just a joke. And we may set a NFL record for total miles in those seven weeks. Meanwhile, Pats have one trip west of Mississippi. You need a computer to do this Roger?

  32. Malcolm-Reynolds Says:

    Jerseybuc – too true to be funny right? We seem to get screwed one way or the other by the League EVERY year. If it’s not questionable officiating, it’s an unfavorable schedule set up. Geesh!