Five Primetime Games And A Mini-Bye Before The Rams

May 12th, 2022

The rematch is set: Rams-Bucs at The Licht House on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 4:25 p.m.

And the Bucs should have more than just a home-field advantage.

Tampa Bay’s prior game is at home on Thursday Night Football against the Ravens. So they’ll have a full 10 days rest before facing the Super Bowl champs. This should be a huge edge for the Bucs at that time of year — when it’s Week 9 and the team hasn’t had its bye yet.

And guess who and where the Rams play before coming to Tampa. They’re at home against the 49ers in their own rematch of the NFC Championship game against their No. 1 division rival.

It’s not even June and this is a must-win game for the Bucs. After the Rams, Tampa Bay heads to Germany against the lowly Seahawks before their Week 11 bye.

The Bucs got a gift from the football gods with this Rams setup, though not with their brutal four-game stretch to start the season.

Despite the marquee Rams-Bucs matchup for the last two Super Bowl winners, it’s not a primetime game, though it could be flexed into one. The Bucs already have five primetime affairs — five! — on the opening schedule, and currently six total nationally televised games (which includes the Seahawks game in Munich). An additional primetime/nationally televised game can be flexed.

29 Responses to “Five Primetime Games And A Mini-Bye Before The Rams”

  1. Snookman Says:

    Thats a perfect spot for this game. Gives us time to get dialed in

  2. BitcoinTom Says:

    6 primetime games means this is Tom’s farewell tour.

  3. PanhandleBuc Says:

    I’ll be at the Slimy Saints game in NO!!! Making the drive from the panhandle!

  4. unbelievable Says:

    Not to be that guy… but I don’t know how a game at 9:30am (6:30am on the West Coast) could be considered “prime time”?

    Just saying.

  5. unbelievable Says:

    Hmmm, maybe I can make it to the Niners or Cardinals games…

  6. MarkV Says:

    I only count 5 Joe…what am I missing?

  7. steele Says:

    This is a horrible schedule any way you cut it. One of the most brutal I’ve ever seen. 6-10 even if the team is solid.

    Did NFL execs conspire this just to make sure Brady doesn’t get to another SB? It will work, unless the Bucs are one of the greatest teams in recent history and actually manage to get double digit wins.

    They absolutely must cobble together a star power defense before the season starts, Gronk must come back, and Godwin must get healthy ahead of schedule.

  8. cmurda Says:

    I’d much rather watch the Bucs in primetime then the Lightning. This is a paradigm shift. Not too long ago the Lightning could do no wrong and now look like a joke. Twice in a row you blow a 2 goal lead? Twice? Vasy? What in the world happened to this team?

  9. Va bucs swag Says:

    I honestly can’t say we have any easy games. I like that because we would be a playoff team that has been battle tested and has prime time exposure too. This team will make it to the super bowl even if we are slightly healthier than last year.

  10. EA Says:

    Since 2002 the bucs only win the superbowl when the years have 2 and 0, after the 2022 superbowl win the next one would be in the year 2200, that’s the year Brady retires for good.

  11. Vance Says:

    Bucs don’t play fundamental football, even with Brady.
    This is a losing season.

  12. Caleb lee Says:

    Really hoping we get Suh back.. the other “bash brother”, Vita, needs too much rest apparently to be effective and Hall is an unproven rookie. Then we seem to be moving from run stuffing warrior JPP to still unproven J.T.S.

    There’s reason for concern but a couple good wins to start this year odd would melt those away pretty quick.

  13. SPARKY Says:

    Maybe I’m a idiot, but I see 12-5.

  14. cmurda Says:

    Wow. You guys sound like me whining about the Bolts. The Bucs are going to have a losing season because of how tough the schedule is? Get outta here. This team is not going to lay down. It’s not even the toughest schedule. 3rd toughest.

  15. BS76 Says:

    Hells yes! We coming!!!!

  16. Colonel Angus Says:

    I’m sure the Packers, Rams and 49ers will be national televised game of the weeks.

  17. SPARKY Says:

    I laugh how you guys think this might be a super bowl team but believe they can’t win over 10 games. This team last year went one bad play from beating the super bowl champs last year, with only Gronk, Evans, and Lenny healthy. 12-5 at worse.

  18. Tye Says:

    at Cowboys – much like last year – win
    at Saints – No Payton, gimpy QB or one learning new offense – win
    vs. Packers – tough team so we’ll say – lose
    vs. Chiefs – not the team they once were – win
    vs. Falcons – horrible defense – win
    at Steelers – new QB – win
    at Panthers – mediocre team – win
    vs. Ravens – up and down team with question marks – win
    vs. Rams – Bucs will lose a few so – lose
    vs. Seahawks (in Munich) – Lock or Smith as qb – WIN!
    at Browns – circus – win
    vs. Saints – still think Dennis is a huge downgrade – win
    at 49ers – starting young inexperienced qb – win
    vs. Bengals – built well – Lose
    at Cardinals – proved last half of last year beatable – win
    Panthers – mediocre team – win
    at Falcons – still horrible defense – win

    Bucs usually lose 2 that you think they should win so they still win 10-11 games at least

  19. adam from ny Says:

    11-6 or 12-5 this year…

    def not 13-4…

    if we start out 2-2 we go 11-6……3-1 we go 12-5…

    after the ram game it’s sorta like a 3 week rest period…we lose one of two to seattle and cleveland…we just lose one and squeak on out…while resting up…

    thus kicking it back up a notch for new orleans and to fin out the season

  20. Bucfan1988 Says:

    Undoubtedly, this is one of the most BRUTAL schedules I’ve ever seen the Bucs have. Even though we avoid the AFC West teams, just seems like we have every good team playing us in the rest of the league…

    IF we make the playoffs, we will damn sure already be tested!!

    This is gonna be a WAR this year for the Bucs.

    They better have a tough camp & get their a$$es ready!!

  21. SPARKY Says:

    You don’t think all them teams ain’t counting their game against us as a loss? Positive thinking guys. L.p.

  22. Kgh4life Says:

    Sorry to say it’s not gonna matter. Mcvay will once again coach circles around Todd Bowles and the 100 member coaching staff.

  23. BradyBucs Says:


    This schedule is a JOKE.

    We play all 4 of the final 4 playoff teams? Plus Packers, Cowboys, and Ravens?

    This is ABSURDITY. Have never seen any team with a tougher schedule.

  24. Jerry Says:

    If Bucs get the injury bug again like last season, this could get ugly.

  25. David Says:

    Everybody thinks the schedule is brutal, and it is tough but the Packers and Chiefs are not as good as they were, Seattle sucks, Pittsburgh sucks, the ravens defense is average and their offense is is run run and then run some more.

    A few of these teams that we think are so tough will end up not making the playoffs, happens every year.
    Their division sucks and they should go 5-1 in it. Throw in wins against Seattle and Pittsburgh and that is 7-1. Even go in 5-4 in the rest of them gives them a 12-5 record.
    If they don’t play well they still win 11 games. If they do play well they win 13

  26. adam from ny Says:

    excellent david ^^^

  27. steele Says:

    “We play all 4 of the final 4 playoff teams? Plus Packers, Cowboys, and Ravens?”Yes, BradyBucs. It’s ridiculous. The NFL really really doesn’t want Brady in another SB and have conspired (yes I use the C word) to stack the schedule. I really struggle to see more than 6 wins, unless these top teams have gotten much worse suddenly. Bucs still haven’t solved the Saints, so I’ll expect those are Ls unless proven otherwise.

  28. RustyRhinos Says:

    The “only” must win game is the one they are currently playing. Yes you look ahead at the schedule, but claiming a must win game before OTA’s are finished. Are you scared Joe? I like our chances in every game. But only look at the current one we are playing as a “must win” game.
    Stop being so scared of a schedule, and of teams who by that time we play them may have had several difficult injuries on their own team.
    Line them up and take them one game at a time. I doubt Brady and coach Bowles is as pearl clutching as you are about the schedule.

    LFG!!!! BUCS!!!!

  29. mike Says:

    I like the extra time we get for Saints week2 !!