Bucs-Bears Or Bucs-Bills On 2021 Opening Night?

February 8th, 2021

One crazy fun perk of being Super Bowl champs — in addition to telling your friends that your team is freakin’ Super Bowl champs — is that the Bucs will open the 2021 season at night and at home (aka The Licht House) expected to be Thursday, Sept. 9.

It’s NFL tradition, granting the honor to the Super Bowl winner and its fans.

So who will the Bucs play?

Joe doubts the NFL and TV networks will choose a foe from the NFC South. Frankly, they all might suck next season.

That leaves the Bills, Bears, Cowboys, Dolphins and Giants as the remaining home opponents.

Joe suspects the networks won’t burn the guaranteed national draw of the struggling Giants and Cowboys on that game. Heck, it’s going to draw big eyeballs regardless, so why not go for a more attractive football matchup.

A Bucs-Bears rematch would be a heck of a draw. The big-market Bears are solid and could be very interesting with a free agent quarterback, Jameis Winston? And Bucs-Bills would be a monster of a game for football-starved fans after a long summer.

Joe’s going to throw 20 bucks down on Bucs-Bills kicking off the season.

35 Responses to “Bucs-Bears Or Bucs-Bills On 2021 Opening Night?”

  1. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Bucs vs Bills GO WORLD CHAMPION BUCS!!!!!!

  2. Todd Says:

    Three Observations:

    1) Shaq Barrett was the MVP, with honorable mention going to Devin White. No one, literally no one, expected Tampa to keep the Chiefs under twenty points, let alone ten. Barrett was most impactful player on the most important unit. The Buccaneers’ defense put pressure on Mahomes on 29 of 56 dropbacks, the most pressure in Super Bowl history.

    2) The NFL can change all the rules it likes. Defense still wins championships.
    Sportswriters can stop crying about Eric Bienemy not being offered a head coaching job now.

    3) Todd Bowles proved that if they want to cry about a black man not being offered a job this year, he’s the better candidate.

  3. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I agree, Bucs vs Bills makes most sense.

  4. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Licht House? Please No.

  5. sauron's eye Says:

    Bucs vs. Bills would be a great game. Chicago is a bit of a mystery due to the potential changes they make.

  6. SKBucsfan Says:

    It doesn’t matter who. We gotta win them all to go 16-0 on our way to repeating. One game at a time.

  7. Bird Says:

    Bucs can sweep their division with brees out and team 100 mil over cap

    Bucs can go 3-1 at worst in miami division
    Hope deshaun watson stays in houston and not miami

  8. Buc50 Says:

    I’m a Bucs fan but Bienemy absolutely deserves the accolades he’s getting for this season. The Bucs O-line and D-line determined the outcome of that game.

  9. theodore Says:

    As long as we don’t get shafted again with a road game.

  10. ocala Says:

    I would love for the Bucs to steamroll the Bears on opening night.

  11. David Says:

    If it is the Bills, it is the same game plan.
    Take Stephan Diggs out with double teams and get after Josh Allen.
    He was backpedaling and running for his life against KC,
    imagine what Bucs will do

  12. David Says:

    I wish Todd Bowles would be one of those guys that realizes he’s a better coordinator and not seek to be a head coach. I don’t know why more guys can’t realize that. So many are better as a coordinator on offense or defense

  13. CaptainNicko Says:

    The Licht House? Good effort, but let’s keep it moving on this one…

  14. chris L Says:

    i want the saints!!! shove it down their mouthy traps while we raise the banner!!!!

  15. TampaTown Says:

    Hmmm… Perk of being SuperBowl Champs- except after winning the 2002 SuperBowl we opened at night in Philly – the biggest bunch of bu!!$hit in NFL
    history, and beat their a$$ again in their brand new stadium

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  18. Infomeplease Says:

    I CAN’T WAIT.. no matter who the Bucs play!!!!

  19. Craig Says:

    The MVP was Aaron Stinnie. He was a bulldog all night. Honorable mention to the rest of the O-line.

    The Bucs defensive line had no competition last night, it was like the Chiefs brought in a high school line.

  20. FortMyersDave Says:

    Bucs and Bills makes the most sense unless Jameis ends up in Chicago. Saints are a possibility as well, the Bucs opened the season against them when Fitzmagic beat Bree 48-40 back in the dark ages of the Koetter regime, and it also depends on who their QB is.

  21. View from 132 Says:

    The Licht House sounds naughty.

  22. View from 132 Says:

    I know the champs usually start at home, but aren’t we missing the obvious one that the NFL might not be able to resist? Tom Brady starts a title defense AT New England?

  23. AMI_Chris Says:

    I’ve got a Philly friend who claims that yesterday, the Eagles agreed to send Wentz to the Bears for picks + players. The league didn’t want to announce a big trade on Super Bowl Sunday. We’ll see if that was right…

  24. Bruce Blahak Says:

    2021 is about payback and dynasty building. Bears and Rams are in for a slugging. Did you hear about the time the Bucs lost to KC and the saints twice ?😀

  25. Mike Says:

    When Andy Reid called his offense line “scrappy” I knew they would get dominated by the Bucs.

  26. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    Bucs-Saints is the absolute right call. Still bad blood between the two teams, and the added draw of Jameis starting his first game not as a Buccaneer. TV ratings galore.

  27. August 1976 Buc Says:

    About the Saints, watch them go after D Watson big time. GO BUCS!!!

  28. Ken G Says:

    Bucs will open at Philly. NFL never varies from tradition. Mark it down.

  29. bojim Says:

    I like The Licht House. Great!

  30. Rod Munch Says:

    Oh God no, the Bears games always suck. ALWAYS. In Tampa the Bucs will win, but who wants to see that in prime time? It’s like all the times they put the Panthers and Bucs on Thursday nights – why? Even as a lifelong Bucs fan, I don’t want to see that game, it’s almost always the worst game of the year.

    Bucs vs Bills – now that has the NFL written all over it. Brady just took out Mahomes, next bring up the next young gun…

  31. Brad Says:

    Do you really think they’re turning down Bucs vs Jameis? Think about it Joe.

  32. Brad Says:

    August, Payton said their QB is Winston.

  33. ItzOK Says:

    itz the Bills

  34. westernbuc Says:

    I want the Bills. Beat the Packers, Saints, Chiefs, we should add Bills to that list

  35. miken Says:

    I could see the saints. Remember when they made us go on the road an open the linc in Pily? Sly stalone got to watch us beat phily again