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Buccaneers Announce 2018 Preseason Opponents

Today the Bucs announced who they will play in the 2018 preseason, as they announced the four teams that they will take on in practice games starting in August.

Week One: Aug. 9-13, at Miami (WFLA-TV)
Week Two: Aug. 16-20, at Tennessee (WFLA-TV)
Week Three: Friday, Aug. 24, vs. Detroit, 8:00 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week Four: Aug. 30-31: vs. Jacksonville (WFLA-TV)

The Buccaneers will play a nationally-televised preseason game at home against the Detroit Lions on Friday, August 24. That contest – which falls in the third week of the preseason and thus will feature significant playing time for both teams’ starters – will be broadcast by CBS, with kickoff at Raymond James Stadium scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET.

A potential showcase for Jameis Winston, Matthew Stafford and two of the league’s six most prolific passing attacks of 2017, the Bucs-Lions matchup is a highlight of the NFL’s 2018 preseason schedule, which was released on Wednesday. It’s also a bit of an oddity: Tampa Bay and Detroit have never before squared off in the preseason.

The Buccaneers have definitely had preseason dates with the Dolphins before – 30 of them, in fact – and they will make it 31 by starting this year’s warm-up slate in Miami. For the third August in a row, Tampa Bay will spend its first two weeks on the road, heading to Nashville in Week Two to take on the Tennessee Titans.

The Buccaneers’ preseason concludes in Week Four with a visit from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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