Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2012 Schedule: Man, This One Is Tough!

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IApril 17, 2012

Lucky Bucs, they will face BOTH the Mannings.
Lucky Bucs, they will face BOTH the Mannings.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

First reaction to the 2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers schedule, which the NFL released on Tuesday?

Man, this one is tough. This is no luxury cruise. This is no piece of cake.

Good luck, Greg Schiano.

Here's what it looks like:

Sept. 9:      CAROLINA,  4:15 p.m.

Sept. 16:    at NEW YORK GIANTS,  1 P.M.

Sept. 23:    at DALLAS, 1 p.m.

Sept. 30:    WASHINGTON, 4:15 p.m.

Week 5 BYE

Oct. 14:     KANSAS CITY, 1 p.m.

Oct. 21:     NEW ORLEANS, 1 p.m.

Oct. 25:     at MINNESOTA, 8:20 p.m.

Nov. 4:      at OAKLAND, 4:05 p.m.

Nov. 11:   SAN DIEGO, 1 p.m.

Nov. 18:   at CAROLINA, 1 p.m.

Nov. 25:   ATLANTA, 1 p.m.

Dec. 2:     at DENVER, 4:05 p.m.

Dec. 9:     PHILADELPHIA, 1 p.m.

Dec. 16:   at NEW ORLEANS, 1 p.m.

Dec. 23:   ST. LOUIS, 1 p.m.

Dec. 30:   at ATLANTA, 1 p.m. 

Talk about brutal.

Check out some of the quarterbacks the Bucs defense will face:

Both the Mannings, Peyton and Eli, naturally, all the NFC South guys, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Michael Vick, Sam Bradford and Tony Romo.

Prime time? The Bucs play a Thursday nighter against the Vikings. Christian Ponder is probably the least accomplished guy they'll go against.

Home opener against the Carolina Cams. Second game at the defending Super Bowl champion Giants.

Oh, yeah, one side note: Raheem Morris comes home on Sept. 30, which is good news for the bars in South Tampa.

How many wins are on this schedule?

It's way too soon to tell.

But one thing's for sure. This is no walk in the park. 

Good luck, Greg Schiano.