With Tom Brady returning for another season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, looking at the road map to Super Bowl LVII is necessary. New head coach, Todd Bowles, and his staff will have their work cut out for them as they look to return to prominence from two years ago. With training camp right around the corner, Last Word on Pro Football is analyzing the most difficult (1-8) and easiest (9-17) games for each team. Now that the tough games are out of the way, let’s take a look at the games on the Tampa Bay schedule that they should likely win.
Easiest Games on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2022 Schedule
9. Week 12 at Cleveland Browns
The Browns would be higher on this list save for the possible suspension of Deshaun Watson. Cleveland has one of the best pass rushers in the entire NFL in Myles Garrett, and he’s always a problem for opposing offensive lines. The Browns secondary is also very good with recently extended Denzel Ward and his running mate on the other side, Greg Newsome II. Brady will be tested in this game and weather also may play a factor in Cleveland.
10. Week 10 vs Seattle Seahawks
The Buccaneers get an always well-coached team under Pete Carroll in Week 10 at home. The Seahawks aren’t the feared team they were just a couple of years ago, but they still have some good pieces, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The offense for them in the question mark with the departure of Russell Wilson and a new signal-caller in Drew Lock. The Tampa Bay defense should be well-positioned to take control of this game from its first snap.
11. Week 14 at San Francisco 49ers
Like the teams mentioned above, the 49ers are going through a transition at quarterback with second-year player, Trey Lance calling the shots. The creative offense of San Francisco under Kyle Shanahan might look quite different with the dynamic Lance possibly causing issues for the Buccnaeers defense. Lance is still very raw it seems but by Week 14 he should have a firm grasp of the offense and the huddle. The strength of the 49ers lies in its defensive line and linebacking corps. If Tampa Bay can push the ball downfield consistently, it bodes well for their chance at winning this game.
12. Week 2 at New Orleans Saints
The Buccaneers will travel to New Orleans to play the Saints in back-to-back road games to begin the season. Tampa Bay should be heavily favored in this game as well. The Saints are the best of the rest in an overall weak NFC South. Jameis Winston is now behind center for the Saints and getting to play Brady in the Superdome is an advantage early on in the season. This contest marks another opportunity to showcase the ability of the Buccaneers defense that might dominate in this matchup.
13. Week 18 at Atlanta Falcons
The final game of the season for the Buccaneers marks an opportunity to end the season on a high note. The Falcons are in rebuilding mode and recently drafted Desmond Ridder should be playing quarterback by now for Atlanta. Brady should have a field day against a very poor defensive Falcons team. The Buccaneers can use this game as a tune-up for a possible Super Bowl run.
14. Week 7 at Carolina Panthers
The last away game of the NFC South opponents is the weakest team in the division, the Carolina Panthers. Sam Darnold will likely still be the quarterback for the Panthers and he’s been the definition of mediocre since entering the league in 2018. Carolina doesn’t really do anything well on either side of the ball and the Buccaneers should decisively win this one as well.
15. Week 13 vs New Orleans Saints
16. Week 5 vs Atlanta Falcons,
17. Week 17 vs Carolina Panthers
The easiest games on the Buccaneers schedule (15-17), are a carbon copy of the away games for their NFC South opponents. These games are played at Raymond James Stadium though and the Buccaneers could be double-digit favorites in all of them. Tampa Bay’s schedule to close the season sets up perfect for Brady, and the defense to fine-tune things and be dangerous come playoff time.
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