The NFL has released the opponents list for each NFL team for next season: http://espn.go.com/nfl/news/2002/1230/1484372.html
The Bucs opponents:
Home: Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Houston, Indianapolis, Green Bay Away: Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Washington, Jacksonville, Tennessee, San Francisco
The Bucs again host Green Bay after a big deal being made about the two teams not playing again until 2007 or something like that? We once again travel to Philly, and will have a showdown with Tony Dungy and the Colts for the first time. On paper, though it is of course many months early to tell, this could be a tough schedule.
EDIT: Also, if Bill Parcells goes to Dallas, he will face road games in New York twice (against both the Jets and Giants), New England against the Pats and in Tampa against the Bucs (whom he left high and dry after the playofs last year, remember). All his former teams will be ready and waiting for him.
I think Green Bay and Tampa Bay play again is because of the new system the NFL uses to determine games. Two of the games are against the two teams from the same conference that are the same final ranking. That is why the Packers play the NFC West (2 home, 2 away), the Eagles (NFC East Champs) and the Bucs (NFC South Champs). The Packers and Bucs only played this year because the NFC North and South were matched up. It's confusing, worse than the BCS!
I understand how it came to be, I just find it funny that looking back all the commentators and analysts were wrong in declaring the week 12 matchuip to be the last between the two teams for Favre probably (though they may still be right, but for a different reason).
Home: Miami, New England, N.Y. Jets, Houston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Washington, Cincinnati Away: Miami, New England, N.Y. Jets, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Kansas City
Cool, they play Cincy again!
However, with Cincy and Houston at home, along with Tennessee and KC on the road, this looks like an odd mix of a fairly easy home schedule (minus Philly) with a fairly tough road schedule (minus Dallas). Sigh, another 7-9/8-8/9-7 type season next year possibly.
Much easier and much more preferable to next years schedule.
From the infamous Wrestleline SS interview:
DTD: If you were to make changes in WCW, if you were in charge and not Ric Flair, what would they be?
SS: I'd get rid of all the old guys, and push the talent that has waited to get the push. The things they are doing, it's back in the 1980s. It's just bad, man. Flair doesn't even deserve to be on the show. You've got to get rid of all the old guys. Like what Vince did, they started pushing guys. Nobody knew who The Rock was 2 years ago. He made The Rock. Now The Rock just did Saturday Night Live. You've got to start with the young talent, talent people can relate to. Who are we trying to relate to if we've got a 50 year old man out there? Are we trying to relate, so a 50 year people and above will go out and buy a f*cking little toy? That ain't gonna happen. It's a f*cking joke.
Originally posted by TheBucsFanI understand how it came to be, I just find it funny that looking back all the commentators and analysts were wrong in declaring the week 12 matchuip to be the last between the two teams for Favre probably (though they may still be right, but for a different reason).
And, if we finish in the same positions in our respective divisions in the 2003 season, we'll face you AGAIN in Ray-Jay Stadium in 2004. You'll visit Lambeau in 2005, and would visit Lambeau in 2006 and 2007 if we finish in the same divisional positions the prior years. (I have a grid of the Packers opponents through the 2009 season. The only question is what team finishes in the same position as the Pack in two other divisions).
The reason everyone thought that the Bucs and Pack wouldn't play again for a couple of years is that no one was sure if the Bucs were going to win the division six weeks ago. But since we did win and so did GB we will play them again next year. After that there's no guarantees. Tampa is going to have to battle Atlanta for the division from now on and you never know who's gonna show up for the North.
Not that this is going to make Virginia Tech fans feel any better, but I think it has become obvious now that the gap in talent and/or coaching between FBS teams and the top FCS teams (not the entire division) isn't as great as we like to assume.