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Brady returned to the Buccaneers after a month of retirement and increased the team’s chances of getting back to the playoffs and the Super Bowl when he had his change of heart. Tampa Bay will also have Todd Bowles at the helm after Brian Arians retired from coaching to take a different role.
The team will definitely have some important games on the docket this season.
Read below for three intriguing matchups.
Week 1: Dallas Cowboys
Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski celebrate after a 2-yard touchdown pass Sept. 9, 2021, in Tampa, Florida. (AP Photo/Scott Audette)
In a rematch of last year’s opening game, the Buccaneers and the Cowboys will square off in the first week of the season. Tampa Bay beat Dallas last season, 31-29, in what was an offensive explosion for both teams. This season’s game will take place at ATT Stadium on Sept. 11 at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.
Week 3: Green Bay Packers
Tom Brady yells as he takes to the field before the NFC championship game against the Packers in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
It won’t be easy for the Buccaneers to start the season. Three of their first four games are against playoff teams from last season. In Week 3, it will be the Packers and Buccaneers – a matchup between two MVP quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers won the MVP over Brady, who had one of the best seasons in recent memory. Brady last played the Packers in the 2020 NFC Championship and won ever so slightly. This game will be played on Sept. 25 at 4:25 p.m. in Raymond James Stadium on FOX.
Week 4: Kansas City Chiefs
Tom Brady holds the Vince Lombardi trophy following the Buccaneer’s Super Bowl LV victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Florida. (Ben Liebenberg via AP)
Part of Tampa Bay’s tough run to start the season will be a rematch of Super Bowl LV. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs come to town to play Brady and the Bucs. Tampa Bay destroyed the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl two seasons ago. This game will be played on Oct. 2 at 8:20 p.m. on NBC.