TAMPA – The Buccaneers got another date in London, this time their guest is the Monsters of the Midway; the Chicago Bears.
League sources including ESPN’s Adam Schefeter confirmed that should there be an NFL season in 2011, the two teams will play in London.
The schedule for 2011 has the NFC North matching up against the NFC South with the Bucs playing road games against the Vikings and Packers and hosting the Lions (again) and, of course, the Bears.
It will be the first time the Bears will be playing in London since 1986 when they played the Cowboys.
It will be the second time Tampa has played on the other side of the pond as they got blown out by the Patriots two years ago.
The matchup should be on of the better games of the season. The Bears got bounced in the NFC Championship game by the eventual Super Bowl champions, the Packers.
The Bucs didn’t make the playoffs but exploded out of the blue to win 10 games and show the promise of a future elite NFL squad.
The game shows the NFL and it’s mainstream media are giving the Bucs the credit they deserve for the season they had last year. Josh Freeman was briefly in the running for being the Madden ’12 cover guy and the Bucs first game of the Preseason will be nationally televised on Fox.
It is yet to be determined what week the matchup will be as the official schedule has yet to be released but the London game is expected be on it.