2021 NFL schedule: Tampa Bay Buccaneers to open season against Dallas Cowboys


Cameron Hogwood

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers to open 2021 campaign against Dallas Cowboys; Chicago Bears travel to LA Rams for first Sunday Night Football and Las Vegas host Baltimore in opening Monday Night Football

Last Updated: 13/05/21 7:34am


Tom Brady will return to New England in the 2021 season – the first time since his move to Tampa Bay in the 2020 offseason

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will begin the defence of their Super Bowl title by hosting the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium as they raise the curtain on the 2021 NFL season on Thursday, September 9. 

Tom Brady will start his pursuit of an eighth ring surrounded by every single starter from the Bucs’ Super Bowl triumph against the Kansas City Chiefs in February, while the Cowboys are set to be boosted by the return of quarterback Dak Prescott following his season-ending injury in October.

For the first time in NFL history there will be a 17th regular season game, while the league will also make its return to London after a year off as the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars host the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, respectively.

Week One Fixtures (all times are UK times)

Thursday September 10 Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1.20am
Sunday September 12 Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans 6pm
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Buffalo Bills 6pm
New York Jets @ Carolina Panthers 6pm
Arizona Cardinals @ Tennessee Titans 6pm
Los Angeles Chargers @ Washington 6pm
Minnesota Vikings @ Cincinnati Bengals 6pm
San Francisco 49ers @ Detroit Lions 6pm
Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons 6pm
Seattle Seahawks @ Indianapolis Colts 6pm
Cleveland Browns @ Kansas City Chiefs 9.25pm
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots 9.25pm
Denver Broncos @ New York Giants 9.25pm
Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans Saints 9.25pm
Chicago Bears @ Los Angeles Rams 1.20am
Monday September 13 Baltimore Ravens @ Las Vegas Raiders 12.15am

A productive offseason saw the Bucs become the first team in the salary-cap era (since 1994) to bring back all 22 Super Bowl starters, as well as strengthening in the NFL Draft with the additions of first-round linebacker Joe Tryon and wide receiver Jaelon Darden.

The Cowboys meanwhile followed up a hugely disappointing 6-10 campaign by locking in Prescott to a new four-year, $160m deal before addressing an uninspiring defense by drafting eight players on that side of the ball, including standout Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons.

Elsewhere in Week One, Sam Darnold could face his New York Jets successor Zach Wilson after he was traded to the Carolina Panthers to make space for the No. 2 overall pick, Trevor Lawrence begins his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars up against the Houston Texans.

Carson Wentz meets the Seattle Seahawks in his first game as Indianapolis Colts quarterback and the Kansas City Chiefs host the Cleveland Browns in a thrilling rematch of last season’s Divisional Round clash.

The Chicago Bears, possibly led by first-round quarterback Justin Fields, travel to Matthew Stafford’s Los Angeles Rams for the first Sunday Night Football of the season, before Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens head to Las Vegas to play the Raiders in an intriguing looking opening Monday Night Football contest.

Week Four will see Brady reunite with the New England Patriots when the Bucs head to Foxborough for a headline-grabbing Sunday Night Football, before Week Five offers Josh Allen and Buffalo Bills a shot at revenge in Kansas City following their AFC Championship game defeat.

2021 NFL London games

Sunday, October 10 New York Jets @ Atlanta Falcons Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Sunday, October 17 Miami Dolphins @ Jacksonville Jaguars Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Thanksgiving Day fixtures

Thursday, November 25 Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions
Las Vegas Raiders @ Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills @ New Orleans Saints

The future of the NFL will be on display in London in October when Kyle Pitts and the Falcons take on Zach Wilson and the Jets, and the likes of Lawrence, Travis Etienne and James Robinsons turn out for the Jags against Tua Tagovailoa’s Dolphins.

As it tradition, Thanksgiving Day will kick off with the Detroit Lions when they welcome the Bears to town, before the Raiders play the Cowboys and the Bills go on the road against the New Orleans Saints.

On Christmas Day Baker Mayfield and the strengthened Browns will hope to stamp their authority on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, while the Colts and Arizona Cardinals also battle it out amid their pursuit of the playoffs.

Keep across skysports.com and @SkySportsNFL on Twitter as we build up to the 2021 NFL season.





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