Can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers make a return trip to the Super Bowl? Their offseason moves certainly make it a possibility.
The Buccaneers brought back all 22 of their Super Bowl LV starters, becoming the first defending champions to do so since 1977. That group will, of course, be headlined by quarterback Tom Brady, who will have Leonard Fournette, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski among his options as the team looks to run it back.
In the draft, they added quarterback Kyle Trask in the second round (No. 64 overall) as well as wide receiver Jaelon Darden. The team added three linebackers among its seven selections, headlined by first-round pick Joe Tryon out of Washington.
Before they can become the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since Brady's 2003-04 New England Patriots, they'll have to get to the postseason.
Here's a look at what's ahead for Tampa Bay in the 2021 regular season.
Buccaneers 2021 Schedule
According to the NFL's official ratings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in good position to contend for a title. The champions have the league's second-easiest schedule in 2021, as opponents combined to post a .451 winning percentage last season.
Just two of their opponents had winning records last season, and even there the Bucs luck out.
They'll face divisional rival the New Orleans Saints, who gave the Bucs trouble in 2020 but will be a toss-up in 2021 after the retirement of Drew Brees. With Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston set to start at quarterback, the Saints could be a much easier opponent than they were last season.
As for the other team, it's the Buffalo Bills. That matchup wouldn't necessarily give Brady trouble, as Buffalo is a team he's familiar with. But the Bucs will get the Bills at home in Week 14.
Tampa Bay also won't be bit too hard by the travel bug, since it only ventures further west than New Orleans once: against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3.
If the Buccaneers are looking for another trip to the Super Bowl, this is the schedule to do it with.
It doesn't really have any major implication on the Buccaneers' road to the Super Bowl, but the most-watched NFL game of the season could come in Week 4 when Brady heads "home."
The Bill Belichick vs. Brady matchup will see the professor and the former pupil go head-to-head for the first time.
Last season, it likely would have been an easy win for the veteran signal-caller, as New England labored to its worst season in decades and eventually missed the postseason for the first time since 2008. But the Pats have spent the offseason adding weapons for quarterback Cam Newton to work with.
As far as the inter-division matchups go, the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers both figure to be easy wins, although the Panthers will get a breath of fresh air from the addition of Sam Darnold from New York.
Still, the Buccaneers are the major favorite to win the NFC, at +310 odds, according to FanDuel (bet $100 to win $310).
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