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in his return from two serious injuries to his left knee Womens Carlton Davis Jersey , sparking a 40-yard drive that ended with a missed field goal in his only series, and the Miami Dolphins lost their exhibition opener to Tampa Bay 26-24 Thursday night.Tannehill, seeing his first action since December 2016, was off-target on his final two throws and finished 4 for 6 for 32 yards.New Buccaneers kicker Chandler Catanzaro made a 26-yard field goal with 23 seconds left to cap a 67-yard drive and give them the win.Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston played the second quarter against Miami’s second team and led a group of reserves to 10 points on drives of 32 and 40 yards. He went 11 for 13 for 102 yards in four series.Winston is suspended for the first three games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Bucs on a 57-yard, six-play touchdown drive on their first possession. It was capped by Peyton Barber‘s 4-yard run.Miami’s David Fales, battling Brock Osweiler for the backup QB job, led the second-string offense to a field goal against the Buccaneers’ first-team defense. Fales also directed a 75-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter, and he finished 8 of 11 for 115 yards.Osweiler went 10 for 21 for 83 yards.ROOKIE RUSHERSDolphins fourth-round draft pick Kalen Ballage rushed for 37 yards in 10 carries and caught three passes for 23 yards. He also lost a fumble.Bucs second-round pick Ronald Jones was held to 9 yards in eight carries, but scored on a 2-yard run.KICKING RESULTSCatanzaro missed his first extra-point attempt and missed a 53-yard field goal try, but also made two field goals.Rookie Jason Sanders, battling rookie Greg Joseph for the Dolphins’ kicking job, made field goals of 29 and 23 yards but missed a 53-yarder. Joseph made a 48-yarder.NATIONAL ANTHEMDolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson and defensive end Robert Quinn protested during the anthem. Stills and Wilson kneeled behind teammates lined up standing along the sideline. Quinn stood and raised his right fist. There were no apparent protests by the Buccaneers.Stills kneeled during the anthem during the 2016-17 seasons and has been vocal discussing social injustice issues that inspired the protest movement by NFL players.INJURIESBucs: CB Vernon Hargreaves III left in the first quarter with a groin injury and didn’t return. … First-round draft pick DT Vita Vea didn’t play. He has missed most of training camp with a calf injury.Dolphins: Reserve LB Mike Hull left the field on a cart in the second quarter with a left knee injury.UP NEXTBuccaneers: Tampa Bay plays at Tennessee on Aug. 18.Dolphins: Miami plays at Carolina on Aug. 17. First three weeks are massive for Winston and Co."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2016 NFL DraftInjuriesFree AgencyGame FilmToday's NFL NewsToughest/Easiest part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2019 schedule New,13commentsFirst three weeks are massive for Winston and Co. EDTShareTweetShareShareToughest/Easiest part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2019 schedule Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsThe NFL schedule release is always an exciting day for NFL fans. That’s until you find out that your team has, well, just not a favorable schedule. Of course, we all knew that the Buccaneers were going to be in London for one of their home games, but what we didn’t know is that Tampa Bay wasn’t going to have an actually home game in Tampa Bay from week 3 until week 10. Yes, you read that correctly, Tampa Bay will not be home from September 22nd until November 10th. It just so happens to be that that seven week stretch is also the most difficult part of the season for Tampa Bay. Starting in week four Womens Ronald Jones II Jersey , Tampa will travel to Los Angeles to face the Rams who went 13-3 last season, then go to New Orleans, who also went 13-3 for a week five matchup. The team then travels to London for week six divisional matchup against the Panthers before having their bye week during week seven. The traveling isn’t over though. In week eight, Tampa Bay will go back across the country to play the Seahawks and then end the gauntlet with a trip to Tennessee for week 9. If your doing the math at home, that’s a total of 24,024 miles traveled through the teams first eight games. That’s just downright unfair. Im sorry, but it is. I get it, Tampa has to make a trip at some point to London, but to sandwich that in between two west coast trips and essentially have them play five straight games away from Raymond James Stadium is not right. Not to mention, they will face three teams who made the playoffs, as well as one in Tennessee that was a game away from getting in. The NFL could have and should have done much much better with this seven week stretch. With that being said, every team has a part of the schedule that they look at and feel like it works in their favor. The so called “easiest” part of the Buccaneers schedule in my opinion is the first three weeks of the season. Tampa Bay opens at home against the 49ers, then travel to Carolina for a Thursday night game and then host the New York Giants in week three. If there is an opportunity to get off to a fast start and build some confidence with the new staff, it’s the first three weeks. The 49ers and Giants are both picking in the top 10 of the NFL Draft and the Panthers finished 6-10 last season and Cam Newton’s shoulder is a big question mark. Let’s be honest, the Buccaneers should win all three of these football games. They are the better team in each and every one and there won’t be much film on what the Buccaneers will be trying to do on the field. If there is one way to combat that brutal seven week stretch, it’s by starting the season 3-0, but it also makes the first three games that much more important. Hopefully next year, the NFL will remember that they shafted the Buccaneers and help them out with the scheduling.
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