Bucs schedule analysis — Week 11

Today's edition of the 2007 Buccaneers schedule breakdown looks at the post-Thanksgiving Day matchup between Tampa Bay and Washington at Raymond James Stadium.

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.

Washington at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m., FOX, Nov. 25

The Redskins again? Geez. This will be their fifth meeting since the 2004 season opener.

The Redskins were plenty busy during free agency. Huge shock. Going — RB T.J. Duckett, TE Christian Fauria, PK John Hall, WR David Patten, CB Troy Vincent. Coming — OL Jason Fabini, LB London Fletcher, CB Fred Smoot, S Omar Stoutmire. The Redskins also re-signed six of their own free agents, including DB Ade Jimoh.

I'm assuming Jason Campbell will start the season at quarterback. If so, I like the Bucs' chances in this game. Washington retained a lot of O-line depth, and added Fabini, and also bolstered the secondary by signing Smoot and Stoutmire. What Redskins fans have to like is that Daniel Snyder didn't try to break the bank to sign one of the top free agents. But they still have Clinton Portis, who is a six-week injury break waiting to happen, and Campbell, who I was not impressed with last year. If the Bucs improve on defense, I think they win this contest.

Final score: Tampa Bay 26, Washington 17. Record: 7-4

— Matthew Postins

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