Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule and 2021 season predictions

Can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win back-to-back Super Bowls? Find out how the 2021 schedule sets up nicely for Tom Brady and Co. to make another title run.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule this week

Week 3 – @ Los Angeles Rams

  • Point spread: Buccaneers -1.0
  • Moneyline: Buccaneers -125; Rams +105
  • Over/under: 55.05
  • Sportsnaut prediction: Buccaneers 31, Rams 27
DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Sept. 264:25 PMFOX

Before the Cam Akers injury, we projected this would be the first loss on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule. With the Rams’ explosive back sidelined for the season, that takes away an important element to this offense and swings this matchup back in the Bucs’ favor, especially with the way Tom Brady is playing right now. While Matthew Stafford should keep this close, look for a Bucs road win.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule predictions, roster outlook

  • The Buccaneers kicked of the season with a 31-29 Week 1 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Their Week 9 bye is set between road games against the Washington Football Team and New Orleans Saints (Oct. 31 and Nov. 14).
  • Sportsnaut predicts the Bucs will end the season as the NFC’s No. 1 seed with an exceptional 16-1 record.

Let’s take a look at the team’s complete 2021 schedule and make predictions for each game.

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Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after beating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster outlook

All our predictions are based on the Buccaneers keeping and starting these key players:

  • QB – Tom Brady
  • RB – Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones II
  • WR – Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller, Jaelon Darden (rookie)
  • TE – Rob Gronkowski, Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard
  • DefenseBuccaneers ranked No. 2 this week

Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule predictions

Week 1 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated Dallas Cowboys 31-29

  • When: Thursday, Sept. 9 @ 8:20 PM on NBC
  • Spread: Buccaneers -9
  • Moneyline: Cowboys +350; Buccaneers -475
  • Over/Under: 51.5
  • Sportsnaut prediction: Buccaneers 48, Cowboys 38

It wasn’t easy for Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. However, the seven-time Super Bowl champion was able to lead his team back from behind for a game-winning field goal. Brady, 44, completed 32-of-50 passes for 379 yards with four touchdowns. Antonio Brown added 121 yards while Rob Gronkowski caught two touchdowns.

Week 2 — Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated Atlanta Falcons at home, 48-25

  • When: Sunday, September 19, 4:15 PM EST
  • Spread: Buccaneers 12.5
  • Moneyline: Falcons +500; Buccaneers -700
  • Over/Under: 52.0
  • Sportsnaut prediction: Buccaneers 38, Falcons 17

It’s hard to explain what Tom Brady is doing at the age of 44. After a four-touchdown performance in the season opener, Brady threw another five touchdowns against a hapless Atlanta Falcons team in Week 2. That included two touchdown strikes to Rob Gronkowski. Tampa Bay is now averaging 39.5 points per game and looks every bit the part of the odds-on Super Bowl favorites. It’s not close.

Tom Brady, Bill Belichick
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Week 4 – @ New England Patriots (SNF)

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Oct. 38:20 PMNBC

Oh boy. The showdown everyone’s been waiting for since Brady left Foxborough. You can bet the Bucs will be up for this game, and given the immense advantage they have at the most important position on the field, look for Tampa Bay to make a massive statement to Bill Belichick and New England, as TB12’s successor, Mac Jones, gets a reality check.

  • Week 4 prediction: Buccaneers 27, Patriots 6

Week 5 – vs. Miami Dolphins

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Oct. 101:00 PMCBS

Tua Tagovailoa faces the most pressure of any QB in the AFC East, and that’s saying something. Based on his uneven rookie year, he doesn’t seem up to the task. Unless he proves that notion wrong, the Bucs should have little trouble cruising in this Sunshine State duel.

  • Week 5 prediction: Buccaneers 33, Dolphins 14

Week 6 – @ Philadelphia Eagles (TNF)

DateTime (ET)TV
Thursday, Oct. 148:20 PMFOX, NFLN

The Eagles brought in an impressive draft class, and their offensive line will be a lot healthier after being dismantled by injury in 2020. All that still won’t be enough to hang with Tampa Bay, though. Brady should have a field day against Philadelphia’s secondary.

  • Week 6 prediction: Buccaneers 33, Eagles 13

Week 7 – vs. Chicago Bears

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Oct. 244:25 PMCBS

Chicago is starting Andy Dalton at quarterback, so it’s hard to endorse the Bears to knock off the defending champs. They did so in 2020, but that was on a Thursday night, and the Bucs were sorting through chemistry issues. It’ll be a different story this time around — unless Justin Fields is an instant star as a rookie and is the QB1 by this point.

  • Week 7 prediction: Buccaneers 20, Bears 10

Week 8 – @ New Orleans Saints

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Oct. 314:25 PMFOX

Having Brady under center is an even bigger edge for the Bucs than it used to be against New Orleans now that Drew Brees is retired. Former Tampa Bay No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston will get the starting nod for the Saints, and his penchant for interceptions won’t play well versus the Bucs, even at home.

  • Week 8 prediction: Buccaneers 34, Saints 17


Week 10 – @ Washington Football Team

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Nov. 141:00 PMFOX

Ryan Fitzpatrick is always a fun story until he flames out. While he’s better situated to succeed in Washington than just about any other starting opportunity he’s had, Tampa Bay’s defense is going to force him into multiple mistakes, offsetting the Football Team’s gallant defensive efforts against Brady and Co., led by Chase Young.

  • Week 10 prediction: Buccaneers 24, Washington 9

Week 11 – vs. New York Giants (MNF)

DateTime (ET)TV
Monday, Nov. 228:15 PMESPN

A turnover-prone New York quarterback in Daniel Jones facing a Tampa Bay defense that returns every starter from 2020, when it ranked in the top five in takeaways. What could possibly go wrong for the Giants here? Just about everything.

  • Week 11 prediction: Buccaneers 30, Giants 17

Week 12 – @ Indianapolis Colts

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Nov. 281:00 PMFOX

By this point in the 2021 NFL season, Carson Wentz will either be healthy or sidelined after delaying surgery on his foot until it cost him a significant chunk of regular-season games. The problem with either outcome, a lost training camp hurts his confidence, impacts his comfort in this offense and costs him timing and chemistry with the weapons around him. All of those factors, against an elite defense, result in a blowout.

  • Week 12 prediction: Buccaneers 38, Colts 20

Week 13 – @ Atlanta Falcons

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Dec. 51:00 PMFOX

Adding Kyle Pitts to the equation on offense gives the Falcons tons of firepower on that side of the ball. The problem is, their defense is still largely in disarray, and their home dome actually works in favor of the Bucs’ potent aerial attack.

  • Week 13 prediction: Buccaneers 42, Falcons 24

Week 14 – vs. Buffalo Bills

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Dec. 124:25 PMCBS

A perfect season comes to an end against the Buffalo Bills. Josh Allen will be in the NFL MVP conversation this season and with an even better offense around him in 2021, he can attack some of the few weaknesses in the Bucs’ defense. This will be a thrilling afternoon game, one CBS likely will protect from flexing, and might be one of the best games in 2021.

  • Week 14 prediction: Bills 34, Buccaneers 31

Week 15 – vs. New Orleans Saints (SNF)

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Dec. 198:20 PMNBC

This could be a situation where Jameis Winston is so fired up to return to Tampa Bay as the starter, and the Saints rally around him. The only issue is, Winston will inevitably make a boneheaded decision that costs New Orleans the game.

  • Week 15 prediction: Buccaneers 26, Saints 23

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Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Lavonte David (54) reacts after a fumble recovery against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Week 16 – @ Carolina Panthers

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Dec. 261:00 PMFOX

Until Sam Darnold proves he can be the man for the Panthers, they’re going to be hard-pressed to compete with a championship contender like Tampa Bay. Darnold is notoriously mistake-prone, and will struggle against a defensive coordinator in Todd Bowles who knows all his tendencies. Bowles was the QB’s initial New York Jets head coach.

  • Week 16 prediction: Buccaneers 38, Panthers 23

Week 17 – @ New York Jets

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Jan. 21:00 PMFOX

Zach Wilson is going to make some plays for the underdogs. He should have a decent running game to support him and solid weapons in the receiving corps. New coach Robert Saleh can only do so much for a shorthanded defense, though, which will cause the Jets to lose this one.

  • Week 17 prediction: Buccaneers 35, Jets 22

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Week 18 – vs. Carolina Panthers

DateTime (ET)TV
Sunday, Jan. 91:00 PMFOX

Drafting Jaycee Horn in the top 10 was a bold move that could well pay off for Carolina down the road. However, the South Carolina cornerback isn’t ready to straight-up guard the likes of Mike Evans or Chris Godwin on an island. That’ll spell a long day for the Panthers in Tampa.

  • Week 18 prediction: Buccaneers 41, Panthers 14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers record prediction: 16-1

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