Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As we continue to analyze the recently published NFL schedule, Amy, Brianna and Scott critically look at the schedulers and make one change to the Buccaneers list for 2022, authors Brianna Dix, Amy Schwartz and Scott Smith
In a sense, the annual disclosure of the NFL schedule, although expected every year, does not really change anything. Each team for several months knew who would be their opponent in the upcoming regular season. All of these games had to be played at one time or another, and order may not matter much.
In another sense, however, the fall in the schedule is full of new information, so it is always expected. Players and coaches want to know who they are focusing on in the first place, when they will have their longest trips, what week they will be saying goodbye to and more. Sometimes the answers are very gratifying; for example, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers received a farewell at 11 weeks this year, and later farewells are generally considered preferable. Sometimes the answers are not so pleasant; for example, accidentally running three road games can look scary in advance.
Today we are concerned about this last category – things we don’t necessarily like in the 2022 Buccaneers schedule. All in all, there’s a lot to enjoy, and we’ll sort it out on Tuesday, but today’s challenge for me, staff writer / reporter Brianna Dix and digital programmer Amy Schwartz, is to identify one thing we could change if we could.
Here is the round table schedule for the week:
Friday, May 13: What is your most anticipated game in the Bucs schedule for 2022?
Monday, May 16: What would you change in the Bucs schedule if you had the power?
Tuesday, May 17: What would you most like to thank the NFL players for this year?
May 18, Wednesday: What is the hardest part of the games in this year’s schedule?
May 19, Thursday: Who is the best newbie that the Buccaneers will face in their schedule for 2022.
What can’t change is the list of opponents and the place to play. We play Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs, whether we like it or not (I like it!), And this game will be in Tampa. Hypothetically, we can change what the compilers of the schedule could change during their, admittedly, complex process of summarizing all this. These will be dates, times, tasks in prime time, goodbye weeks and the order of the game. And we need to be specific; “postpone each game to 13:00” is an unacceptable answer.
To get a wider choice of answers, we have established a rule that elections cannot be duplicated by three. This potentially makes the order of the answers important, so we will change this order in each publication. Brianna became first on Friday, so she drops to the bottom of the list, while Amy gets the first choice and I go second.
So what would you change in the Buccaneers schedule for 2022?
Amy Schwartz: Distribute 1-4 weeks to opponents throughout the season
The Bucks will need to hold their game A earlier this season with a few tough strikers to start the season. While I think it’s possible, I believe joining key rivals – Duck Prescott, Aaron Rogers and Patrick Mohames later in the season would be helpful for the team to have time to make their move.
New head coach Todd Bowles and the Bucks will start their away season and meet with three 2021 playoff teams in four weeks. The biggest plus for the competition will be the opening of the season in Tampa against Aaron Rogers. As Bucs fans know, Rogers has a bad game in Tampa, including two games with more than three interceptions.
I’d love to see a more balanced start to the schedule, but those first four weeks could be some of the most exciting games of the season. The Bucks will host the rematch of the 2020 NFC Championship and the LV Super Cup at Raymond James Stadium, which could be the biggest test of the season. Assuming the Bucks can face any of their top four opponents in the playoffs, I like the Bucks ’chances of increasing the competition early and starting the season well.
Scott Smith: Turn the games around in the fifth and seventh weeks
What I really wanted to change is to somehow make it so that Bucs doesn’t have to play Superdome. I hate this place. But that goes against the rules, so I’m going to go for what I think is a smart and rather minor change of schedule: I just want to turn the games around in the fifth and seventh weeks.
It’s fair to say that the first quarter of the season is probably the hardest part of the Bucks ’2022 schedule in terms of a string of tough opponents … and in fact Amy just aptly put it this way above. And in terms of travel, the game in Munich will probably be the hardest for players and coaches, but it comes after the home game and then goes a week before the rendezvous, so that’s all you could ask to make it easier.
For me, the worst part of the season in terms of travel is the sixth or eighth week. After three games in a row, the Bucks are set to travel to Pittsburgh and Carolina on Sundays in a row. It’s not a very long trip, and they’re both games at 1pm, but it’s still a two-week journey, immediately followed by a short week, followed by a game on Thursday night.
The assignment for the eighth week of the Bucks will take place on Thursday, October 27, against the Baltimore Ravens. It’s home, but it’s only four days after the Bucs completed those two-week road swings. If I were allowed to just change the games scheduled for the fifth and seventh weeks, we would end up with a slightly more balanced home lineup and a home game before Thursday night.
With a trip to Carolina now in the seventh week you no longer have three home games in a row, which was a little weird to begin with. Now it’s a trip to Carolina that goes through the Green Bay / Kansas City glove, followed by a trip to Pittsburgh. It’s all the same as before, but in reverse, and now you have a home game against the Falcons just before a short week. I believe this would make it easier for the looters to prepare for the pursuit of Lamar Jackson across the grass.
Brianna Dix: Coup of weeks 9 and 13
This schedule is a glove on either side, with tough caliber playoff opponents scattered throughout the schedule. Of course, facing the Cowboys, Packers and Chiefs in the first four weeks of the season is a tough time, as Amy and Scott noted. However, once you start trying to move them, you will end up getting divisional games too close together or another tough grouping elsewhere. Balance is a goal, but more often than not it is an elusive reality in the schedule. So instead I set up one of the prime times.
I decided to change the ninth week and week 13 so that the rematch against the Los Angeles Rams was a game Monday night at 8:15 p.m. ET. Then, in the second game against a division rival, the Saints rose to ninth week at 4:25 a.m. ET. That would give the Buccaneers, in effect, a mini-farewell to prepare for rival NFC South, who will be out of play on Thursday night against the Ravens on October 27th. At first, looking at the schedule, I was shocked by the revenge game against the Rams, one of the biggest fights in the entire schedule was not in prime time. The opening of the 2022 season with the Bucks and their newfound enemy, the Rams, is a match that has certainly sparked ratings and clicks. The last time the two clubs met, Los Angeles completed the Bucs ’road to a repeat of the Super Cup. Sean McVeigh’s crew has become a match issue, giving Tampa Bay seizures in recent years. I like the Bucs coming out on the 13th week of Monday night Football, proving that they are a force to be reckoned with in 2022.