August 29, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Preseason Schedule: Dates and Times Announced

We’re less than three months away from the first day the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take the field at Raymond James Stadium and play a real football game. The NFL and the Buccaneers have announced the official preseason schedule, and it goes as follows:

Date Time Opponent Location
Thursday, August 8th 7:30 PM Baltimore Ravens Raymond James Stadium
Friday, August 16th 8:00 PM New England Patriots Gillette Stadium
Saturday, August 24th 7:30 PM Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium
Thursday, August 29th 7:30 PM Washington Redskins Raymond James Stadium

It should be noted that the Buccaneers’ website has marked the game against the New England Patriots as a nationally televised FOX game, which is likely the reason it is to be played at 8:00 PM rather than 7:30.

The schedule for the preseason provides some interesting challenges for the Buccaneers, who will face good competition in the first two games, and this will hopefully give us all a chance to see a bit more of the starters going against the starters of two AFC playoff teams. The third game gives the Buccaneers a road game against a team that has been through a lot of changes this offseason, and the final game is a home game to allow the final spots on the roster to be decided against pretty good competition.

What do you think about the Bucs’ preseason schedule? And are you ready for real football in less than THREE MONTHS? Comment below and let us know.

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