TAMPA, Fla. — Two of the greatest of all-time will kick off their NFL season on Sunday, Sept. 13.
Tom Brady and the Bucs will visit Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints at 4:25 pm in one of the most anticipated games of Week 1.
The Saints are three-time defending NFC South champions and have a new backup quarterback you may know. Jamies Winston signed a one-year deal with the Saints after the Bucs landed Brady.
It's been two years since the Bucs and Saints last squared off. In that 2018 game in New Orleans, the Bucs left victorious by a score of 48 to 40.
The Bucs in Prime Time
Following news of the season opener, the Buccaneers released the entire schedule on Thursday evening, which includes five prime-time games, their most ever.
Back in 2003, 10Sports' Grace Remington reports the Bucs had four prime time games, and that was coming off a Super Bowl year.
Something else noteworthy of the Bucs' prime time schedule: They'll be making their first Sunday Night Football appearance since 2016, this time against the Las Vegas Raiders.
The team's first Sunday night appearance kicks off a stretch of three straight weeks of prime time games.
One of those appearances will be at Raymond James Stadiums on Monday Night Football against the LA Rams. Last season, the Buccaneers beat the Rams 55 to 44, setting a new franchise record for most points scored in a single game, according to a press release.
Here's how the season will play out:
Week 1 (Sept. 13): at New Orleans | 4:25 p.m. on Fox
Week 2 (Sept. 20): vs. Carolina | 1 p.m. on Fox
Week 3 (Sept. 27): at Denver | 4:25 p.m. on Fox
Week 4 (Oct. 4): vs. Los Angeles Chargers | 1 p.m. on CBS
Week 5 (Oct. 8): at Chicago | 8:20 p.m. (Thursday Night Football) on Fox, NFL Network and Amazon
Week 6 (Oct 18): vs Green Bay | 4:25 p.m. on Fox
Week 7 (Oct. 25): at Las Vegas | 8:20 p.m. (Sunday Night Football) on NBC
Week 8 (Nov. 2): at New York Giants | 8:15 p.m. (Monday Night Football) on ESPN
Week 9 (Nov. 8): vs New Orleans | 8:20 p.m. (Sunday Night Football) on NBC
Week 10 (Nov. 15): at Carolina | 1 p.m. on Fox
Week 11 (Nov. 15): vs Los Angeles Rams | 8:15 p.m. (Monday Night Football) on ESPN
Week 12 (Nov. 23): vs Kansas City | 4:25 p.m. on CBS
Week 13 (Nov. 29): Bye
Week 14 (Dec. 13): vs. Minnesota | 1 p.m. on Fox
Week 15 (Dec. 20): at Atlanta | 1 p.m. on Fox
Week 16 (Dec. 26 or 27): at Detroit | TBD
Week 17 (Jan. 3): vs. Atlanta | 1 p.m. on Fox
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