I'm surprised that no one has commented on this yet. For the last few years (at least back to the Packers Super Bowl win), the defending Champ has opened their season at home on MNF. The notable exception was the Ravens, who hosted a week 2 MNF game in deference to the new stadium opening in Denver.
Anyway, the Buccaneers will open this year on MNF, alright. At the Eagles, who will be opening their new stadium.
That isn't right. Coming from a Packer fan, mind you.
I, for one, don't care whether we're at home or in Philly for this one. The only home matchup we have on tap that would deserve such national attention to be placed on Opening Weekend would be against CRZ's Packers, and, well, it just didn't have the same punch after Green Bay got legally killed by the One-Man Human-Wreaking Machine in the wild-card round. Besides, it's not as if the Eagles have a chance to win.
Welcome to Lincoln Financial Field. Population: Buccaneers.
I have heard that Tampa's steamed about it though... good. Extra motivation :)
I'm going to have to stick with what I've got. I tend to follow the spirit of the rule, and possibly not the technicalities. At the end of the year, when the NFL will actually run any ties, they all will have 12 conference games and it won't matter.