Bucs To Play Eagles In First MNF Game Of Season

March 24 - UPDATED: The National Football League won't release the entire 2003 regular season schedule for another week or two, but it did announce Monday that the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open the 2003 regular season against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. The contest, which is a rematch of last season's NFC Championship Game, will kick off at 9:00 p.m. on September 8 in the Eagles' new stadium - Lincoln Financial Field.

The NFL won't release its entire 2003 regular season schedule for another week or two, but the league did give fans a sneak peak on Monday when it announced that the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open the regular season against the Philadelphia Eagles on ABC's Monday Night Football.

The Bucs-Eagles contest, which will be a rematch of last season's NFC Championship Game, will kick off at 9:00 p.m. ET on September 8 in Philly's new stadium - Lincoln Financial Field.

The Pewter Pirates were winless in three consecutive visits to Philadelphia before last January's playoff contest when Tampa Bay downed Philadelphia, 27-10, in what the last game ever played in Veterans Stadium. One week later, Tampa Bay defeated the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, 48-21.

In addition to its three NFC South opponents (Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans), Tampa Bay will also have regular season road contests against Jacksonville, San Francisco, Tennessee and Washington.

Tampa Bay will host Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans, Dallas, Green Bay, Houston, Indianapolis and the New York Giants during the ‘03 regular season.


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