Happy Schedule Release Day!

May 15th, 2024

[UPDATE: 3:37 p.m.] Today is the day!

Yes, by tonight we will know when the Bucs will play each of their 17 regular season games. Awesome!

Bucs fans can finally finalize plans for the fall, based on road games they may want to enjoy or, of course, home games at The Licht House.

[UPDATE: 3:37 p.m.] Paul Schwartz of the New York Post has the Bucs traveling to New Jersey to face the Giants Week 12.

[UPDATE: 2:54 p.m.] Per Matt Verderame of SI.com, Week 6 the Bucs go on the road to play the slimy Saints.

[UPDATE: 1:10 p.m.] Per Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report, Bucs host Jayden Daniels and Washington Week 1.

Some highlights of the road opponents:

Dallas: Brisket. Need Joe say more? Oh, and Jerry’s World is awesome. Nothing like nursing a good bourbon from the marble-lined bars in the place. And you literally have to force yourself not to watch the game on that bigger-than-big screen TV.

Detroit: Um, well, Annie Agar lives half the year in Michigan, doesn’t she? Perhaps one may catch a glance of Christen Harper. So there’s that.

New York: C’mon, it’s New Yawk! If you can’t find a good time there, you can’t find one anywhere. Of course, if you don’t feel like getting stabbed in the subway or beaten up waiting for the light at the crosswalk, there are always the colorful folks and eateries in SopranosLand near Met Life Stadium.

Kansas City: The last time the Bucs played there Jameis Winston made the loudest stadium in the NFL quiet as hell. If Dallas has the brisket, Kansas City has the ribs (though Joe’s BBQ in Kansas City, Kan. has the second-best burnt ends Joe has ever eaten). The National World War I Museum is way underrated. And by all means, do drink the Boulevard Beer Pale Ale. Thank Joe later. The tailgaters in Kansas City do it up right.

Los Angeles: If you can’t find fun in Los Angeles, you ain’t livin.’

Atlanta: The absolute easiest stadium to get to for Bucs fans. Ultimate one-day road trip. Fly Southwest early in the morning for the very quick flight up to Atlanta, take the train straight from the airport to the stadium and reverse field after the game for the very short flight home. Don’t even have to get in an Uber or rent a hotel room.

Carolina: Never been to a Bucs game there. No joke. So, can’t comment.

New Orleans: What can Joe say? World-class restaurants. World-class food (Joe’s go-to joint is the Gumbo Shop on Rue St. Peter, two blocks from Jackson Square and three blocks from Cafe Du Monde). World-class music scene. Bars that never close. The National World War II Museum is a must if there on a Saturday (set aside four hours). You can tailgate on Bourbon Street and walk to the dome. Culture. History. Architecture. Entertainment. Dining. If for some reason you don’t want to see a Bucs game in New Orleans, you have no soul. Aside from Munich and possibly Washington, hands down Joe’s absolute favorite Bucs road trip.

Joe is confident there will be schedule leaks throughout the day. When Joe gets the leaks, Joe will update this post.

So keep hitting that F5 button (or Command-R for Macs) throughout the day!

2024 Bucs Opponents

Las Vegas
San Francisco
New Orleans

New York Giants
Kansas City
Los Angeles Chargers
New Orleans

55 Responses to “Happy Schedule Release Day!”

  1. Leopold Stotch Says:

    Can confirm about the BBQ in Kansas city, Kansas. Grammy lives in Overland Park, and I have been to my fair share of Chiefs games. That’s where some good BBQ is. Might be part of the reason Andy Reid took the job, cuz it’s so close to Kansas 🤣

  2. heyjude Says:

    Love the on the road synopsis and can’t wait for the leaks up to the release of the schedule. Thank you!

    New York – Yes, so much to do there. Haven’t been on the subway for awhile but used to love it while visiting. Dallas – Yes too. And if you have time, they have a Bucees outside of Dallas now. Atlanta – Unsure about this now, but I think they have the cheapest food at their stadium vs others. On an entirely different location – MD. So much there too and DC being close. MD has so many great places to eat, parks, Patapsco for one, and so much more. Museums in DC. Enjoyable trip but not to see the Commanders.

  3. Permanently Moderated Says:

    When was the last time Dallas played in Tampa? Seems like it’s always an away game for the Bucs.

  4. OHBucFan Says:

    Went to BoA Stadium in Charlotte a couple of years ago for a College Football Kickoff game. Had an absolute blast. Easy access. Before and After parties readily available everywhere. Good people in the Carolinas. Of course I wasn’t wearing my 55 on an NFL game day either.

  5. Lt. Dan Says:

    At one point in the past, I went to 11 Bucs games in a row at Carolina with my son while he was a young’un. It’s exactly a four hour drive south from mi casa. The Carolina crowd is super laid back and very hospitable. I was offered a beer on more than one occasion whilst wearing an orange Bucs jersey. There is no stadium parking however, as it is in the middle of downtown. You gotta walk from the hotel or catch an Uber.

  6. garro Says:

    Most of our opponents cities are places i would not go to on a bet even for a one day visit. It has gotten that bad.

    Wait let me check with my head of security….Nope he said “no way”.

    Go Bucs!

  7. BA Red Pen Says:

    New Orleans is a cesspool. You can smell the urine and vomit from 20 miles out.
    F Cam Jordan. F New Orleans. F the Ain’ts.
    That is all.

  8. Joe Says:

    When was the last time Dallas played in Tampa? Seems like it’s always an away game for the Bucs.

    Opening night 2021. But you are right, it always seems to be a road game.

  9. BakerFan Says:

    I just don’t get how the experts say Bucs have a weak schedule:

    Raiders are going to be much improve and Chargers can be dangerous.

    Plus Saints and Falcons twice….

    That does not look weak to me.

  10. Buchen61 Says:

    Washington and a rookie QB at home to start the season off….my mouth is watering

  11. Dewey Selmon Says:

    your mouth is watering cause that’s seat off your forehead from a 1pm home game iat RayJay lol. Imagine what Jaylen Daniels is going to feel like.

  12. Buchen61 Says:

    I’m hoping pretty sore from all the sacks he’s going to take

  13. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Great week 1 opponent we gotta win that sh1t

  14. First Name Greatest Says:

    Dallas was awesome in 2022 week 1

    Dallas Live is an amazing sports bar/entertainment area. Bucs fans were invading that place as well as the Fort Worth area all weekend long. The stock yards in Fort Worth had an amazin steakhouse and Dallas fans were a lot more hospitable than Aints fans.

    If anyone goes there tour the stadium, an architect nerds dream

  15. D Cone Says:

    BakerFan Says:
    May 15th, 2024 at 10:04 am
    I just don’t get how the experts say Bucs have a weak schedule:

    It’s all based on win percentage of opposing teams. When you had two games in the mix of a team with a win percentage of .118 (CARx2) in 2023 it’s going to
    lower that number and appear easier.

  16. rashad Says:

    Still waiting on Joe to make it to Charlotte. Crown and good food on me.

  17. Oneilbuc Says:

    I can’t see playoffs with this schedule as of today. Now they’re still going to be trades in during training camp and then you have injuries as well. But as for now this is 6 to 7 wins . I’m almost ready to talk about the 2025 draft class lol 🤣 this is a hard schedule. This got to be the hardest schedule in the NFL regardless of what the media say !!

  18. Bucnjim Says:

    DCone a better way to judge a teams strength of schedule is to go by the Vegas projected win total for each team. Use it for fantasy football because Vegas is right more than most

  19. Bucnjim Says:

    Rashad have only been to the Asheville area but NC seems like Woodstock II hipster central. Maybe I’m completely wrong

  20. Dewey Selmon Says:

    If the leaked schedule is correct we have 3/4 at home to start the season 4/5 on the road after the bye and the last 2 games at home. with both SB teams back to back before the bye

  21. Cobraboy Says:

    Carolina. You aren’t missing much, Joe. It is the most boring stadium in the NFL. At least it is walking distance from downtown.

  22. Beeej Says:

    That’s uniquely an Ashville thing. Go 30 miles on any direction and it’s hillbillys

  23. Joe Says:

    Crown and good food on me.

    You know how to bribe Joe. 🙂

  24. Dude Says:

    Manufactured hype, this is the NFL trying to make “fetch” a thing in their downtime.

  25. DoooshLaRue Says:

    The least important day in the NFL.

    Who cares?

  26. Ryan Says:

    Sounds like Thursday Night in Atlanta for Week 5

  27. d-money Says:

    I’m in Detroit and they’re saying up here that they play the Bucs in week 2.

  28. geno711 Says:

    So, this was posted originally about noon.

    Looking more and more likely.

    1 – vs WSH
    2 – at DET
    3 – vs DEN
    4 – vs PHI
    5 – at ATL TNF
    6 – at NO
    7 – vs BAL MNF
    8 – vs ATL
    9 – at KC
    10 – vs SF
    11 – BYE
    12 – at NYG
    13 – at CAR
    14 – vs LV
    15 – at LAC
    16 – at DAL
    17 – vs CAR
    18 – vs NO

  29. Patrickbucs Says:

    Good recap. I’ve been to every city area, just not every stadium. Orleans a bunch Detroit (gree up there, so overated stadium and city), Carolina, an Atlanta. New Orleans not even close, keep you head on a swivel though!

  30. SB~LV Says:

    Purdy and Payton coming to town

  31. Joe Says:

    The least important day in the NFL.

    Who cares?

    Only the hundreds of thousands (millions?) who plan their falls around the NFL, buy season tickets, go to home games, go to road games.

    But yeah, who cares?

  32. Joe Says:

    Manufactured hype, this is the NFL trying to make “fetch” a thing in their downtime.

    Well, hardly believe it is “manufactured” because at some point, teams have to make plans to play games, and those who buy season tickets will want to know what they’re spending thousands of dollars on.

    If is manufactured? Why does that bother you?

  33. Bucben61 Says:

    Thanks Geno 711

    If that is indeed the schedule I think 11-6 is completely doable

  34. Boss Says:

    IDK who says that is an east schedule.

    3 wins
    5 if being optimistic

  35. DS Says:

    Washington ready

  36. Bucben61 Says:

    Vs Baltimore on a Monday night….can’t wait

  37. Bucben61 Says:

    Boss 3-5 wins….come on !!!!

  38. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Charlotte is a good place to see the Bucs…….Carolina fans are actually quite polite. Parking is a bi*ch. Stadium has no charisma. We usually win.

  39. Keimosabe Says:

    I say at least 8 wins

  40. Keimosabe Says:

    Definitely not an easy schedule though

  41. catcard202 Says:

    If Geno’s schedule for the Bucs is holds true….That’s a tough draw 10-7 roll of the dice, considering the the ball bounces into a couple flip flop divisional games followed by Hell Month, including serious ALT trap game – boxed in between MNF BAL & @KC / VsSF before the Bye week

    I look at that schedule & see a few things troubling:

    1) WAS’s Jayden Daniels out the gate…Bowles has a way of allowing Rookie QB’s to look like HOF gamebreakers against the Bucs.

    2) Lose to WAS & Bucs have a real chance to be 1-3 entering 2 pivotal Divisional matchups wk5-6. (Have to beat the Rookie wk1 to believe 4-2 is even possible)

    3) Bucs need to dominate the NFC South from start to finish & there’s no 2 ways about it. Bucs might just have a roster that can do that, if injuries are minimal!

    4) Regardless how good/bad the NFC South rivals are…Bucs going to face a murders row of SB contenders if they going to get to the promised land. DET, PHI, BAL, KC, SF, DAL…Plus an improved LAC team under Harbough & Daboll with that NYC never sleeps nightlife for players to contend with.

    5) WKs 7-10 would define the trajectory of 2024 season…As either Bucs find a way to split that stretch (or better), or Bucs enter the Bye with a suboptimal W-L record & questions galore for the second half.

    6) Coen has a real opportunity to set himself up for a HC gig in 2025, if the Bucs find a way to go 10-7 (or better) & win a game in the Playoffs…Because that schedule is littered with “deep run” Playoff teams & the defending SB champs…A bunch of well ran organizations…If his Baker’s Dozen offensive attack is successful against a legit – earn it – measuring stick schedule…That will get Coen noticed next cycle.

  42. Bucben61 Says:

    It’s a real tough schedule for sure

    What are the naysayers going to say when the bucs win 10-11 games this year and yes if we stay fairly healthy that’s a real possibility

  43. HC Grover Says:

    8 wins 8 losses and 2 maybes.

  44. geno711 Says:

    Week 16 against Dallas may be a MNF game so that will be a short week to a division opponent.

  45. ATLBuc Says:

    Lt. Dan Says:
    May 15th, 2024 at 6:48 am
    … I was offered a beer on more than one occasion whilst wearing an orange Bucs jersey…

    Bro! They were trying to date rape you!!!!!

  46. HC Grover Says:

    Look the last 3 games…. good grief.

  47. ATLBuc Says:

    Boss Says:
    May 15th, 2024 at 4:02 pm
    IDK who says that is an east schedule.

    3 wins
    5 if being optimistic

    Under the authority of Hillsborough County you are hereby banned from this here site!!!

  48. heyjude Says:

    @catcard202 – Well said!

    Agree with you – “Jayden Daniels out the gate…Bowles has a way of allowing Rookie QB’s to look like HOF gamebreakers against the Bucs.”

  49. Earl Bedford Says:

    [This is not official. The only “official” schedule comes from the Bucs or the NFL.]

  50. unbelievable Says:

    Atlanta has 5 primetime games this season, WTF?

    Meanwhile we have 2 (And TNF barely counts as primetime IMO).

    The disrespect continues! #NeverFails

    Honestly I don’t care that much, since we kinda suck in primetime. But it is a shame and travesty for how much it shafts guys like Lavonte David and Mike Evans from getting the respect they deserve.

  51. BucsFan81 Says:

    Damn the dis respect we get. We were only respected the 3 years Brady was here. I mean playoffs 4 years in a row. 3 division titles and this is how we get treated. Not to mention 2 Super Bowl wins. Let’s favor the falcons though and Kirk cousins and his bum leg. I can’t wait until we blow out everyone in this division.

  52. Joe Says:

    Atlanta has 5 primetime games this season, WTF?

    All about the quarterback (and eyeballs).

    The perception outside of Tampa Bay is Baker Mayfield is average at best. The perception by those same people is that one-primetime-win Kirk Cousins is a star.

    Since Tom Brady retired, the Bucs, despite their success, just have no buzz nationally.

    All about the quarterback. (No, Joe is not suggesting the Bucs should dump Mayfield. It’s just the way things are.)

  53. Bucben61 Says:

    The perception outside of Tampa Bay is Baker Mayfield is average at best

    Well that’s a big step above the piece of crap they were calling him last year

  54. unbelievable Says:

    For sure, Joe, I get it.

    We’ve always kinda been looked at that way as a franchise. Even after our first SB win, we got no respect.

    Honestly I’m shocked we ended up with 4 primetime games! (Though again, I don’t really count TNF, since those games mostly just suck.)

  55. heyjude Says:

    Agree about Atlanta. It’s all about the QB for sure. The sports media and the NFL went bonkers when Cousins was signed. It was like they had the 2nd coming of the goat, but he isn’t the Goat. Where are his SB rings? And then Penix was drafted. Not that I don’t like Cousins. He is a good guy. But the sports media gets fixated on certain players and they fizzle out. Let the sport analysts ignore us again. The Bucs will show them again.