Bucs 2012 Schedule: Tampa Bay Draws Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers In Season Opener

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter the 2012 season looking for a rebound from a 4-12 year. After a 4-3 start, the team had its bye week and then lost all nine remaining games (resulting in an overall 10-game losing streak). Will things get better in 2012?

The Buccaneers open the season with a home game against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, a team that beat them twice during the 2011 season. That's followed by a road trip to the Meadowlands to face the New York Giants. If they can survive that and the following two games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins, they will reach the bye week and then have a stretch of four to five winnable games that includes a home game against the New Orleans Saints.

Here is the complete Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule:

Week 1: Sept. 9 Carolina
Week 2: Sept. 16 at New York Giants
Week 3: Sept. 23 at Dallas
Week 4: Sept. 30 Washington
Week 5: Bye
Week 6: Oct. 14 Kansas City
Week 7: Oct. 21 New Orleans
Week 8: Oct. 25 at Minnesota
Week 9: Nov. 4 at Oakland
Week 10: Nov. 11 San Diego
Week 11: Nov. 18 at Carolina
Week 12: Nov. 25 Atlanta
Week 13: Dec. 2 at Denver
Week 14: Dec. 9 Philadelphia
Week 15: Dec. 16 at New Orleans
Week 16: Dec. 23 St. Louis
Week 17: Dec. 30 at Atlanta

For complete announcements of the full 2012 NFL schedule, please visit this StoryStream. Check out Buccaneers blog Bucs Nation for more news and notes on Tampa Bay.

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