Bucs' 2002 Schedule Released

March 28 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' schedule has been released and the team will kickoff the 2002 season and the NFC division by hosting the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 8 at 4:15 p.m. The Bucs' schedule also features two Monday Night Football games -- at home against St. Louis and Pittsburgh -- and two ESPN Sunday Night games -- at New Orleans and the season finale at Chicago.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 2002 schedule came out today, marking the team's switch from the NFC Central to the new NFC South division, which was a product of the NFL's realignment this season due to the entrance of the expansion Houston Texans into the league.

Tampa Bay starts the 2002 regular season at home against new division rival New Orleans on September 8 at 4:15. The Bucs are featured on Monday Night Football twice, as well as having two appearances on ESPN's Sunday Night Football, including the season finale at Chicago on December 29 at 8:30 p.m. where temperatures will certainly be below freezing.

The Bucs' Monday night matchup against the Rams marks the third-straight season the teams have met on Monday Night Football with the Bucs winning the last two contests.

The Bucs will play the AFC North division (Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh) and the NFC North division (Green Bay, Minnesota, Detroit and Chicago) in addition to its new NFC South rivals - Atlanta, New Orleans and Carolina. Tampa Bay's bye week comes during a three-game home stand on the weekend of November 10.

Here is the entire Buccaneers' 2002 schedule:

PRESEASON

Aug. 8 MIAMI - ESPN

Aug. WEEK 2 at Jacksonville

Aug. WEEK 3 WASHINGTON

Aug. WEEK 4 at Houston


REGULAR SEASON

Sept. 8 NEW ORLEANS 4:15 PM

Sept. 15 at Baltimore 1:00 PM

Sept. 23 ST. LOUIS 9:00 PM - (Monday Night Football - ABC)

Sept. 29 at Cincinnati 4:05 PM

Oct. 6 at Atlanta 1:00 PM

Oct. 13 CLEVELAND 4:15 PM

Oct. 20 at Philadelphia 1:00 PM

Oct. 27 at Carolina 1:00 PM

Nov. 3 MINNESOTA 1:00 PM

Week 10 BYE WEEK

Nov. 17 CAROLINA 4:05 PM

Nov. 24 GREEN BAY 1:00 PM

Dec. 1 at New Orleans 8:30 PM - (Sunday Night Football - ESPN)

Dec. 8 ATLANTA 1:00 PM

Dec. 15 at Detroit 1:00 PM

Dec. 23 PITTSBURGH 9:00 PM - (Monday Night Football - ABC)

Dec. 29 at Chicago 8:30 PM - (Sunday Night Football - ESPN)

Home Games BOLDED

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