The National Football League has released it’s schedule for the upcoming season and for the three Florida teams that are looking to rebound from disappointing seasons with new personnel, it’s going to be an uphill climb.
ESPN is predicting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will go 8-8 (story HERE). This is an optimistic number for new head coach, Bruce Arians, embattled quarterback, Jameis Winston, and the rest of the team. I can only see four victories for the Bucs, I like them in week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers and in week 3 against a lost New York Giants team but playoff teams fill 4 out of the 5 weeks afterwards until they meet a young Arizona Cardinals squad. I like them in Detroit and believe they can split with the Atlanta Falcons, but anything else is a slight reach.
The Dolphins and new coach, Brian Flores, are expected to go 4-12 (story HERE). That sounds about right for a team that needs a quarterback and won’t see a vulnerable team till week 5 in Washington. I believe they can split with the New York Jets, and will also take advantage of a regressing Cincinnati Bengals team and that other New York team, the Giants.
Jacksonville is a little more complicated. With a projected record of 8-8 (story HERE), you have to believe new quarterback Nick Foles, who won a Super Bowl ring as a washed up backup turned football savior in Philadelphia will try to push them above the .500 mark, and that defense is still impressive. I’ll roll with the projection however with a team that won’t see their home field for over a month this is tough draw from the NFL for the Jags.