Each day for the next 16 days, BucsBlitz.com's Matthew Postins will take a quick look at each game on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 2007 schedule. Some things to keep in mind:
Tampa Bay opens on the road for the fourth time in the last five years. The Bucs are 3-1 in that situation.
The Bucs have the third-easiest schedule in the NFL in 2007, by winning percentage.
The Bucs have just one prime-time game scheduled, Dec. 23 at San Francisco. That start time could change if NBC chooses to exercise its "flex scheduling" option for that week.
Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m., CBS, Oct. 14
The Bucs haven't played the Titans since 2003, a 33-13 loss.
Much has changed in Tennessee since then, most notably Vince Young at quarterback. This team is beginning to emerge from the salary cap purgatory it endured in 2004 and 2005. That said the Titans have lost quite a bit in the offseason — CB Pacman Jones (suspension), WR Drew Bennett (St. Louis), RB Travis Henry (Denver), G Zach Piller (Detroit) and WR Bobby Wade (Minnesota). The Titans did sign CB Nick Harper away from division rival Indianapolis, one of six defensive signings in free agency.
I'd be concerned if I were Tennessee about their offense. Jeff Fisher is putting a lot of faith in Brandon Jones, a third-year wide receiver that became Young's favorite target a year ago. Outside of him, the pass catchers are pretty suspect. Plus, LenDale White is now the starting tailback and he's still unproven. And now Young is on the cover of Madden 2008. Uh oh.
Young can do a lot, but he needs some talent around him, and if the Titans don't find that talent in the draft, then consider this a victory for Tampa Bay.
Final score: Tampa Bay 23, Tennessee 17. Record: 3-3
— Matthew Postins