Bucs schedule analysis — Week 8

BucsBlitz.com's analysis of the 2007 Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule continues with a look at the midway point of the season — the Week 8 contest against Jacksonville.

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.

Jacksonville at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m., FOX, Oct. 28

The Jags own a 2-1 edge over Tampa Bay, including their last meeting in 2003.

The Jaguars lost little in free agency, with only S Deon Grant and TE Kyle Brady departing. They re-signed four of their own free agents, signed TE Jermaine Wiggins, S Kevin McCadam and OT Tony Pashos.

The Jaguars made the playoff two years ago and narrowly missed last year. They're still a good team. The biggest soap opera will be the relationship between head coach Jack Del Rio and quarterback Byron Leftwich. If they can't get along, it could sour team chemistry. Otherwise, the Jags and Bucs match up well and I give the Jags the edge because they've been consistently good the past two years. That makes the Bucs .500 by midseason and already matching their 2006 win total.

Final score: Jacksonville 23, Tampa Bay 17. Record: 4-4

— Matthew Postins


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