5 Must-Watch Matchups on Tampa Bay's 2014 Schedule

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5 Must-Watch Matchups on Tampa Bay's 2014 Schedule
Chris O'Meara

The release of the 2014 NFL schedule on Wednesday marks the dawn of a new league year. As usual, the Bucs are chiefly relegated to Sunday afternoons.

That doesn't mean the Bucs won't play any prime-time games.

This year the Bucs take on the NFL's northern divisions. They will play some of the best the NFL has to offer in the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers, as well as the bottom rung, including the Minnesota Vikings and the Cleveland Browns.

The NFC South is no cake walk, either. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers won the division title last year but are far from perfect. Perennial contenders Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints will be a handful as usual.

The Bucs and the Atlanta Falcons represent the division's two wild-card teams. With a new coach and a largely overturned roster, the Bucs should be better than they were last season under Greg Schiano.

The theme for the Bucs' season this year is improvement. While divisional matchups will be tough as always, some of the Bucs' most interesting games will come against teams the Bucs must beat in order to prove themselves worthy of contention.

It's the dawn of a new season and new era for the Buccaneers. Here are the matchups to watch for during the 2014 NFL season.

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