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Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule 2022: Dates, times, opponents, and win-loss predictions

Can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get back to the promised land in 2022?
Can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get back to the promised land in 2022?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be one of the most fascinating teams to watch during the 2022 NFL season.

All eyes will be on Tom Brady in what could be his final season before he heads to his lucrative broadcasting career.

Tom Brady’s contract with FOX as the lead NFL Analyst is a 10-year $375M deal, per @AndrewMarchand The 🐐 is getting PAID 🤯🤯 https://t.co/TbANjVVg0e

After claiming victory in Super Bowl LV in February 2021, the Buccaneers took a step forward in the regular season win column but fell to the eventual Super Bowl LVI champion Los Angeles Rams in the postseason.

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This offset all of the steps forward that took place throughout the season, including those from Tom Brady, who somehow one-upped his brilliant Buccaneers debut season in 2020. He threw three more touchdown passes (43), the same number of interceptions (six) as the season before, which had one less game on the schedule, and an excess of 5,300 passing yards for the first time in his career. He achieved these feats at the age of 44.

The #Buccaneers are the first franchise in #NFL history to have two different 5,000-yard passers in a season. Jameis Winston (2019)Tom Brady (2021)#GoBucs https://t.co/rV0K9LfZIz

Whether Brady stays or goes will haunt the Tampa Bay fanbase all season, but will that directly correlate with their win totals?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule prediction

WeekDateOpponentTimeTV
1Sept. 11Dallas Cowboys8:20 p.m.NBC
2 Sept. 18New Orleans Saints1 p.m.FOX
3 Sept. 25Green Bay Packers4:25 p.m.FOX
4Oct. 2Kansas City Chiefs8:20 p.m.NBC
5Oct. 9Atlanta Falcons1 p.m.FOX
6Oct, 16Pittsburg Steelers1 p.m.FOX
7Oct. 23Carolina Panthers1 p.m.FOX
8Oct. 27Baltimore Ravens8:15 p.m.Prime Video
9Nov. 6Los Angeles Rams4:25 p.m.CBS
10Nov. 13Seattle Seahawks9:30 a.m.NFLN
11BYE
12Nov. 27Cleveland Browns1 p.m.FOX
13Dec. 5New Orleans Saints8:15 p.m.ESPN
14Dec. 11San Francisco 49ers4:25 p.m.FOX
15Dec. 18 Cincinnati Bangles4:25 p.m.CBS
16Dec. 25Arizona Cardinals8:20 p.m.NBC
17Jan. 1Carolina Panthers1 p.m.FOX
18Jan. 7/8Atlanta FalconsTBATBA

Here is a breakdown of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2022 schedule, including an analysis for all 17 games:

Week 1: at Dallas Cowboys

Prediction: W

In the equivalent of a home-and-home series in college football, the Buccaneers are traveling to Dallas this year for an opening-night collision with the Cowboys. Like last year, the Buccaneers will prevail.

Week 2: at New Orleans Saints

Prediction: W

Tom Brady will be taking on the man he replaced in Tampa, Jameis Winston, in the first NFC South showdown of the season for the Buccaneers. It'll be a successful one down on the Bayou.

Week 3: vs. Green Bay Packers

Prediction: W

Tom Brady owns the head-to-head matchup against Aaron Rodgers, taking three of the four matchups, including the lone Buccaneers-Packers matchup he was in Tampa Bay for in 2020. He'll run that record to 4-1 and Tampa Bay's to 3-0.

Week 4: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Prediction: W

In an ode to callbacks, the Buccaneers will knock off the Chiefs in a Super Bowl LV rematch, which happens to be at the same venue (Raymond James Stadium) as their title game. Speaking of callbacks, Tom Brady reigns supreme over Pat Mahomes once more.

Week 5: vs. Atlanta Falcons

Prediction: W

There may not be a more significant gap between the division's best and worst teams as there is in the NFC South. Atlanta will not be competitive often in 2022, but they definitely won't be against the Buccaneers on the road.

Week 6: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Prediction: W

It will continue to be smooth sailing for the Buccaneers by the time Week 6 rolls around, and the momentum built through the season's first five games should parlay into a triumph in 'Steel City' against a middling Pittsburgh.

Week 7: at Carolina Panthers

Prediction: W

Only slightly ahead of the Falcons, the Panthers will be a punching bag in 2022 after waiting until the No. 94 pick to draft a quarterback. Matt Corral likely won't start, and Carolina will die on the Sam Darnold hill, which will include a loss to Tampa Bay in Week 7.

Week 8: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Prediction: W

Lamar Jackson will have his hands full with a Buccaneers defense with enough talent in the secondary and a linebacker room to contain him in a Cover 3 formation, known as the Ravens quarterback's Achilles' heel. Tampa Bay will win a statement game to move to 8-0.

Week 9: vs. Los Angeles Rams

Prediction: L

It won't be another perfect regular season for Tom Brady, who achieved the feat 15 years ago with the New England Patriots. The defending Super Bowl champions will hand them their first loss of the 2022 season.

Week 10: vs. Seattle Seahawks

Prediction: W

Seattle will likely drown in a sea of struggles in 2022 after trading Russell Wilson away for future draft picks and a replacement in Drew Lock, who's in over his head as an NFL starter. Mark the Munich matchup a win for Tampa Bay in the standings.

Week 11: BYE

Week 12: at Cleveland

Prediction: L

The Browns could see Deshaun Watson work his way into elite NFL shape by Thanksgiving, giving Cleveland momentum in late-season matchups after a potentially slow start. Tampa Bay is bound to lose at least one or two shockers this season.

Week 13: vs. New Orleans

Prediction: W

With Tampa's last quarterback before Tom Brady returning to the city that drafted him, Jameis Winston will not be walking away with a tasty 'W' after the Saints visit Raymond James Stadium.

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Week 14: at San Francisco 49ers

Prediction: L

This will be another somewhat unexpected loss for the Buccaneers, this time to a 49ers squad that may be fighting for postseason position at this point in the season. This has trap game potential with the Bengals visiting Tampa the week after.

Week 15: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Prediction: W

With a man many are deeming the 'next Tom Brady' (Joe Burrow) in town, the current version will show the third-year signal-caller that there's plenty of tread left in his tires.

Week 16: at Arizona Cardinals

Prediction: W

On December 25th, Buccaneers fans will be getting a 12th win underneath the Christmas Tree when Tampa Bay travels to the desert to knock off the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium.

Week 17: vs. Carolina Panthers

Prediction: W

The Panthers will have probably replaced Sam Darnold by the time they face the Buccaneers a second time, meaning they'll probably be more competitive come January 2023. They'll still lose in Tampa Bay.

Week 18: at Atlanta Falcons

Prediction: W

It was tempting to scribble in a Falcons upset in Week 18, with Desmond Ridder possibly playing the hero against a Buccaneers team in no dire need of a victory and perhaps resting starters. But Atlanta has no guarantees of winning any game this season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers record prediction: 14-3

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