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2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneers home and away opponents determined

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 38-10 loss Sunday placed them last in the NFC South and helped finalize their 2016 home and away opponents. The dates of each game will be determined in April when the full regular-season schedule is released.

Home opponents (*playoff team): Denver Broncos*, St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks*, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers*, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints

Away opponents (*playoff team): Arizona Cardinals*, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs*, Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers*, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints

My take: This looks to be a tough schedule for the Buccaneers at first glance. In addition to the six games against playoff teams, the Buccaneers will have to make three trips out west for road games against Arizona, San Francisco and San Diego. The home schedule sees Tampa Bay taking on Chicago, Lovie Smith's former team, for the third straight year. Oakland and St. Louis also come to Tampa Bay to balance out a tough home slate that features conference leaders Denver and Carolina, as well as Seattle. It could be hard to duplicate the team's six wins.