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2020 Buccaneers Season 45 Schedule

2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Season 45 Brief

Our 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season is the franchise's 45th in the National Football League, the 23rd season playing home games at Raymond James Stadium and second under head coach Bruce Arians. As the team plans to improve upon their 7–9 record from the previous season and make the playoffs for the first time since 2007. They will also attempt to become the first team to play in the Super Bowl on our home field.

WITH GREAT FAN ENCOURGEMENT On March 20, 2020, the BUCS agreed to terms with former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The Buccaneers also traded for Brady's former Patriots teammate, tight end Rob Gronkowski (aka GRONK).

The Buccaneers unveiled new uniforms on April 7, 2020, it was the first uniform change since 2014. The new uniforms are similar in design to the ones they wore from 1997 to 2013.

On October 23rd, 2020, the Buccaneers signed Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown, his first time in the NFL since September 15, 2019.

2020 Draft Notes

After a disappointing 7-9 2019 season, the BUCS played a statigic chess game opportunity to make some of the most talked about moves in the NFL offseason, turning the execution into a Buccaneer Super Bowl favorite on paper. The BUCS biggest move, of course, was moving on from last season’s league leader in passing yards and touchdowns (and yes, interceptions) in Jameis Winston, and replacing him for a quarterback who threw for 1,052 less yards and 9 fewer touchdowns and is 17 years older, in Tom Brady. The majority of BuccaneersFans consider it an “upgrade”. Now Tampa boasts a QB who threw a back-breaking, tenure-ending pick-six in his final pass for his only team. Well, that being said, he should fit right in with Tampa’s QB culture.

Not to be outdone, Tampa traded for a retired tight end turned WrestleMania host and current WWE 24/7 Champion, as well Tide Pods enthusiast, in Rob Gronkowski. Despite already being well above average at TE, Tampa clearly felt compelled to bring “Gronk” out of the ring and back to the field in order to get Brady one of “his guys” to feel comfortable in his new, unfamiliar setting. Tampa has weapons, no doubt, but needed to look to the draft to protect the ones they invested in and fortify the rest.

  • Round 1: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa (The Buccaneers traded the San Francisco 49ers their remaining 2020 fourth-round pick to switch spots between #13 and #14. Tampa Bay also received an additional seventh-round pick)
  • Round 2: Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
  • Round 3: Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt
  • Round 5: Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota
  • Round 6: Khalil Davis, IDL, Nebraska
  • Round 7: Chapelle Russell, LB, Temple
  • Round 7: Raymond Calias, RB, Louisiana-Lafayette

2020 SEASON Gameday Notes

Week 1: Away vs.New Orleans Saints

Tom Brady made his debut at quarterback for the Buccaneers against our division rival New Orleans Saints on opening day. Due to COVID-19, the game was played at the Superdome without FANS (Boooooooo). Brady faced Drew Brees, the first game in NFL history where both starting quarterbacks were over the age of 40. Brady led the Buccaneers on a 9-play, 85-yard opening drive, which was capped off by a 2-yard QB sneak for Bradys first BUCS touchdown, and an early 7–0 lead. Turnovers and miscues by the Buccaneers, however, were the prevailing story of the day. Brady threw two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, and the Saints won 34–23.

Week 2: Home vs. Carolina Panthers

Bradys first home game with the Buccaneers as he threw for 217 yards and one touchdown pass, as Tampa Bay defeated Carolina, for our first win of the 2020 season. Due to COVID-19, the game was played at Raymond James Stadium without FANS (Boooooooo). Leonard Fournette rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns, while Mike Evans, who saw limited play in week 1 due to a hamstring injury, rebounded with 104 yards receiving and one touchdown. The Buccaneers jumped out to a 21–0 lead at halftime and held on for a 31–17 victory. The Buccaneers defense forced four turnovers, and stuffed one fake punt attempt by the Panthers. This win marked Brady's first victory over Carolina since 2009, and the first win for Brady and Rob Gronkowski as Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Week 3: Away vs. Denver Broncos

Tom Brady threw for 297 yards and three touchdown passes, and the Buccaneers defense recorded six sacks and two interceptions in a blowout win over the Broncos. It was Tampa Bay's first win over the Broncos since 1999, and first win in Denver since 1993.

Week 4: Home vs. Lois Angeles Chargers

The Chargers jumped out to a 24–7 lead in the second quarter, but Tampa Bay dominated in the second half to win by the score of 38–31. QB Tom Brady, who threw a Pick 6 in the first quarter, rebounded to pass for 369 yards, and 5 touchdown passes (connecting with five different BUCS receivers). The Chargers were up by 17 with less than one minute left in the first half. Ndamukong Suh forced a fumble on Joshua Kelley, and the Buccaneers recovered at the Chargers 6 yard line. Brady's touchdown pass to Mike Evans with 28 second left before halftime made the score 24–14, and was the turning point of the game. Tampa Bay scored touchdowns on the first three drives of the second half, and led 38–31 with 2:44 left in the fourth quarter. With 2:35 remaining in regulation, Justin Herbert's pass was intercepted by Carlton Davis near midfield. Tampa Bay ran out the clock, and it was their biggest comeback win since 2008..

Week 5: Away vs. Chicago Bears

On Prime-Time Thursday Night Football, the Buccaneers jumped out to a 10–0 lead in the first quarter, but it was thwarted as the Bears scored two touchdowns in the final 1:48 of the first half, including a one-handed 12-yard touchdown reception by Jimmy Graham. In the third quarter, the Buccaneers responded with a long field goal, but Bears kicker Cairo Santos countered with a long field goal of his own. The two teams then traded a field goals. Trailing 20–19 in the final minute of regulation, Tampa Bay was driving near midfield. Quarterback Tom Brady threw an incomplete pass, not realizing it was 4th down, which effectively ended the game. Bears quarterback Nick Foles finished with 243 yards, a touchdown, as well as an interception. Tom Brady finished with 253 yards and one touchdown pass to Mike Evans.

Week 6: Home vs. Green Bay Packers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers dominated undefeated Green Bay by the score of 38–10 at Raymond James Stadium, in front of a limited FANS (Boooooooo) of approximately 25% capacity. Aaron Jones scored a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, as the Packers built a 10–0 lead. But the remainder of the game was dominated by the Buccaneers. Early in the second quarter, Aaron Rodgers' pass was intercepted by Jamel Dean who returned it for a 32-yard touchdown. Three plays later, Rodgers was intercepted again. An incomplete pass fell into the hands of Mike Edwards, who ran it back 37 yards to the 2 yard line. Ronald Jones scored the first of two rushing touchdowns, as Tampa Bay took a 14–10 lead. Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter, including his 79th regular season touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski. The Tampa Bay defense shut out Rodgers and the Packers offense for the rest of the game. Rodgers was sacked five times, and the Packers never crossed midfield in the second half. The Buccaneers also tied a team record with zero penalties, a feat accomplished only once by the club in 1983. This is also the Buccaneers first 4-2 start since 2011 (HINT!).

Week 7: Away vs. Las Vegas Raiders

Tampa Bay made their first-ever trip to Las Vegas to face the Raiders. The game was played without FANS (Boooooooo). They faced former head coach Jon Gruden for the first time since 1999 and for the first time since Gruden (who was the Buccaneers head coach from 2002 to 2008, winning Super Bowl XXXVIII) was fired from the club. Quarterback Tom Brady threw for 369 yards, four touchdown passes, and ran for a touchdown, as the Buccaneers defeated the Raiders 45–20. Derek Carr was sacked three times and intercepted once, as the Tampa Bay defense continued to excel. The Raiders were held to only 76 yard rushing, and the Buccaneers lead the NFL in fewest rushing yards per game allowed. The game was originally scheduled for Sunday Night Football but was moved to 4:05 p.m. after four starting offensive linemen for the Raiders were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list..

Week 8: Away vs. New York Giants

The primetime, "Monday Night Football", win puts Tampa Bay at 6-2, the best Buccaneers start since 2002 THE YEAR WE WON THE SUPER BOWL. The Giants came with a game plan that razzeled the BUCS, but all it took was a few mistakes to open the window for our victory. The Giants held the BUCS to just two field goals in the first half, trailing 14-6 heading into the locker room at halftime. Making adjustments for the second half the BUCS settled for a field goal after Daniel Jones threw an interception on the Giants' first possession of the third quarter. Brady capitalized, hooking up with Gronkowski on a 3-yard score giving Tampa Bay a 15-14 lead with six minutes remaining in the period. The Giants reclaimed the lead with a field goal 17-15 heading into the fourth quarter. With another interception, Brady made sure to capitalize again, putting Tampa Bay back in front 22-17 with an 8-yard touchdown to Mike Evans. With 28 seconds the Giants attempted at a game-tying 2-point conversion and failed. BUCS WIN!

Week 9: Home vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 10: Away vs. Carolina Panthers
Week 11: Home vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 12: Home vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 13: *** BYE ***
Week 14: Home vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 15: Away vs. Atlanta Falcons
Week 16: Away vs. Detroit Lions
Week 17: Home vs. Atlanta Falcons
Date   Opponent Week/Record Outcome
Aug. 14
Buccaneersfan.com Pittsburgh Steelers Professor Jam @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
PAN 00-00
Aug. 22
Buccaneersfan.com Jacksonville Jaguars Professor Jam Jacksonville Jaguars
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
PAN 00-00
Aug. 29
Buccaneersfan.com Tennessee Titans Professor Jam Tennessee Titans
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
PAN 00-00
Sep. 3
Buccaneersfan.com Cleveland Browns Professor Jam @ Cleveland Browns
FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
PAN 00-00

2020 Season Results

    Record: 6-3-0 .667 DIV 1-2-0 .333 (1st in NFC South Division)
Date   Opponent Week/Record Outcome
Sep. 13
Buccaneersfan.com New Orleans Saints Professor Jam @ New Orleans Saints
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
RS - WK 1
0 - 1
Loss 23-34
Sep. 20
Buccaneersfan.com Carolina Panthers Professor Jam Carolina Panthers
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - WK 2
1 - 1
Won 31-174
Sep. 27
Buccaneersfan.com Denver Broncos Professor Jam @ Denver Broncos
Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, CO
RS - WK 3
2 - 1
Won 28-10
Oct. 4
Buccaneersfan.com Los Angeles Rams Professor Jam Los Angeles Chargers
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - WK 4
3 - 1
Won 38-31
Oct. 8
Buccaneersfan.com Chicago Bears Professor Jam @ Chicago Bears
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
RS - WK 5
3 - 2
Loss 19-20
Oct. 18
Buccaneersfan.com Green Bay Packers Professor Jam Green Bay Packers
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - WK 6
4 - 2
Won 36-10
Oct. 25
Buccaneersfan.com Las Vegas Raiders Professor Jam @ Las Vegas Raiders
Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
RS - WK 7
5 - 2
Won 45-20
Nov. 2
Buccaneersfan.com New York Giants Professor Jam @ New York Giants
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
RS - WK 8
6 - 2
Won 25-23
Nov. 8
Buccaneersfan.com New Orleans Saints Professor Jam New Orleans Saints
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - WK 9
6 - 3
Loss 03-38
Nov. 15
Buccaneersfan.com Carolina Panthers Professor Jam @ Carolina Panthers
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
1:00 PM ET
TBD 00-00
Nov. 23
Buccaneersfan.com Los Angeles Rams Professor Jam Los Angeles Rams
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
8:15 PM ET
TBD 00-00
Nov. 29
Buccaneersfan.com Kansas City Chief Professor Jam Kansas City Chiefs
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
4:25 PM ET
TBD 00-00
Dec. 13
Buccaneersfan.com Minnesota Vikings Professor Jam Minnesota Vikings
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
1:00 PM ET
TBD 00-00
Dec. 20
Buccaneersfan.com Atlanta Falcons Professor Jam @ Atlanta Falcons
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
1:00 PM ET
TBD 00-00
Dec. 26or27
Buccaneersfan.com Detroit Lions Professor Jam @ Detroit Lions
Ford Field, Detroit, MI
TBD 00-00
Jan. 3
Buccaneersfan.com Atlanta Falcons Professor Jam Atlanta Falcons
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
RS - WK 17
0 - 0
TBD 00-00
Date   Opponent NFC/Superbowl Outcome
Bring it On
Buccaneers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
STAT 00-00

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