TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may take a different approach with their trip to London this season than they did in 2009.
They play a "home" game at Wembley Stadium with the Chicago Bears on Oct. 23. When the Bucs played the New England Patriots there in 2009, the team didn’t make the trip until late in the week. They also lost the game. Maybe it's superstition, maybe it’s learning from past history or maybe it’s something else, but the Bucs may travel a lot earlier this time around.
“I think it’s fair to say the Buccaneers are looking into approaching it differently from a logistical standpoint this time,’’ general manager Mark Dominik said.
Translation: The Bucs might take an approach similar to what they Saints did when they "hosted" the San Diego Chargers in 2008 in London. The Saints played in Carolina the Sunday before the London game. They left straight from Charlotte and set up camp at a castle/resort about 40 miles North of London and spent most of the week practicing there. The Saints moved to central London the Friday before the game.
The Saints also won that game.
This year, the Bucs play a home game against New Orleans the week before the London game. Don’t be surprised if they decide to ship out soon after that game, set up camp somewhere near London and also use the opportunity to make some appearances and market themselves overseas. They've also got a bye week to recover after the London game.