1 - vs. Dallas (L)
Yes it’s at home, but I don’t see us slowing them down enough to pull out a W.
2 - @ Buffalo (W)
I like that we get them early; both to avoid the winter weather and before Owens and Edwards develop decent chemistry. I think this will be the closest the Bucs come to a win in the first 5 weeks.
3 - vs. NY Giants (L)
We might match up a little better with them physically this time, but I think the Bucs wear down in the second half.
4 - @ Washington (L)
I have a feeling we'll be pretty banged up heading into this one. I’d like their chances better if this game was held in week 3.
5 - @ Philadelphia (L)
The Eagles are going far this year, and the Bucs won’t slow them down.
6 - vs. Carolina (W)
The Bucs pull off their first win at home.
7 - vs. New England (L)
Third “home” loss of the year
8 - vs. Green Bay (L)
The Packers might start out slow with a new defense, but I expect them to be in a pretty good groove midseason. They’re the better team. I also think this will be the game where the Bucs hand over the reigns of the offense to Josh Freeman.
9 - @ Miami (L)
Got a strong feeling; not good.
10 - vs. New Orleans (L)
Maybe an upset, but like Dallas, I can’t see us outscoring them; even at home.
11 - @ Atlanta (L)
Loss. Do I need to say more?
12 - @ Carolina (L)
We won’t beat them twice.
13 - vs. NY Jets (W)
Here’s another game I wish was being played earlier. I’d rather face Mark Sanchez in week 3 than 13. It hard to tell how the Jets are going to do, but this one should be close. I'm giving us this one but don't feel good about it at all.
14 - @ Seattle (L)
We don’t play well out west, and I think Seattle’s going to be pretty decent.
15 - @ New Orleans (L)
16 - vs. Atlanta (L)
Even if they’re not playing for anything, it’s going to take a let up for the Bucs to win.
3-13 and a top 5 pick in the 2010 draft. Usually you can count on a team winning a game or two they shouldn't, but I can't find one of those games on the schedule I'm calling for the Browns to finish with 2 wins and the Bucs, Lions, Rams, and Chiefs to each manage 3 victories. There are going to be some craptastically bad teams in the NFL this year.