Well, we knew this was coming for about a week, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just made the official announcement and gave us the official date of their “home’’ game in London against the Chicago Bears.
It’s Oct. 23 at Wembley Stadium. It’s a 1 p.m. ET game. For those thinking the game could get “flexed’’ to a later time slot if both teams are playing well, stop it. The local time for kickoff is 6 p.m. If they pushed this game back to a 4:15 p.m. ET start or a prime-time start, it wouldn’t work logistically in the host city.
The Saints spent the entire week leading into their game overseas in England and they wound up winning against the Chargers. The Bucs lost their game to the Patriots and didn’t fly in to London until late in the week. NFL teams can be superstitious, so let’s see if the Bucs take the same approach again or follow the lead of the Saints.
The Bucs also said that any season-ticket account already paid in full for the upcoming season will be refunded the amount paid for the game against Chicago. Those who paid via cash or check will receive a refund check. Those who paid by credit card will receive a refund to their credit-card account. Those who have remaining payment plans will have their costs adjusted to nine games (seven regular season and two preseason).
The entire NFL regular-season schedule is expected to be announced Tuesday.