Seven Deadly Games Await The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IMay 28, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 28:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 28, 2008 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Call them the "Seven Deadly Games."

Not deadly sins, but seven KILLER games in a row that will usher in the 2009 Tampa Bay Buccaneer season.

It's a nightmare, a nail-biter at best.

Try these games on for size:

Open at home against Dallas on Sept. 13.

At Buffalo on Sept. 20.

At home against the New York Giants on Sept. 27.

At Washington on Oct. 4.

At Philadelphia on Oct. 11.

Home against Carolina on Oct. 18.

Travel all the way to London, England, for the enjoyment of playing the New England Patriots on Oct. 25.

Do you think those games have the attention of rookie head coach Raheem Morris?

It's interesting that the season opener against the Cowboys is perceived to be of paramount importance in Dallas.

Would you believe it to be Dallas' most important season opener in Cowboys' history?

You would if you go by Mickey Spagnola of DallasCowboys.com.

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"Arguably the most important season opener in the 50 seasons of the Dallas Cowboys," he writes. "If the Cowboys don't go into Raymond James Stadium and spank the Buccaneers, holy Romo, all hell will break loose."

Holy Romo?

Look at that opening schedule and there's only one team that didn't have a winning season. The Buffalo Bills finished 7-9 but still, it's a home game for them.

Dallas went 9-7, losing three of its last four, akin to the Buccaneer season-ending collapse. New York had a good season at 12-5, Washington was underachieving again at 8-8, Philadelphia (11-7-1) lost to Arizona in the NFC Championship, Carolina won the NFC South then lost to Arizona to finish 12-5, and New England went 11-5 without Tom Brady.

The first six are bad enough but that jaunt across the pond to the UK can't be something the Buccaneers would wish for.

Only good news is after the two trans-Atlantic flights, the Bucs will have a bye week.

Question is, where will they stand come that eighth week?

It's not something the coaching staff really wants to think about right now. Why would they? 

It's simply a Buccaneer nightmare.

Plain and simple.

Seven deadly games.

Holy Romo!

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