The Bucs’ 2022 NFL schedule received’t be launched till after the draft in Could. However we all know when Tampa Bay will journey to Germany.
A now-deleted tweet from the U.S. Consulate on April 7 stated: “met to debate the playbook for the NFL’s engagement in Munich throughout the run-up to the Nov. 13 common season recreation #AllianzArena and the @buccaneers…! #AmericanFootball #USinBavaria”
A recreation on November 13 would correlate to Week 10 on this yr’s NFL schedule. The league’s apply of granting a bye week following a world recreation would imply that the Bucs’ bye week can be later within the season in Week 11. Tampa Bay had a late bye week in Week 13 in 2020 earlier than profitable Tremendous Bowl LV.
This can make the NFL’s first time in Germany for an everyday season recreation. Which means the Bucs will probably be making historical past in Munich. Tampa Bay’s opponent stays unknown, however may very properly be the Panthers. Carolina and Tampa Bay are two of 4 groups designated by the brand new Worldwide Residence Advertising Areas for Germany.
As a result of the Bucs are the host staff in Munich, they’ll play eight video games at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Then they’ll have one other “dwelling recreation” over in Germany. Tampa Bay’s dwelling opponents this yr embody, Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Inexperienced Bay, Kansas Metropolis, Los Angeles Rams and Seattle. Bucs chief working officer Brian Ford already stated that the Packers received’t be a candidate to play in Germany. Tampa Bay selected Inexperienced Bay as a protected recreation that will probably be performed at Ray-Jay in 2022.
This yr’s recreation in Munich would be the Bucs’ fourth worldwide recreation within the common season. The primary three – all losses – had been performed in London in 2009, 2011 and 2019.
With the league’s enlargement to 17 common season video games, the NFL’s IHMA carried out a plan beginning in 2022 to have 4 groups from the convention with 9 dwelling video games host a neutral-site worldwide recreation every year. The entire NFL’s 32 groups can have one worldwide recreation each eight years because the league broadens its enchantment worldwide.