TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open the 2012 season at home Sept. 9 against Carolina.

The Bucs’ schedule released Tuesday includes an evening Thursday Night Football game at Minnesota on October 25.

The Bucs will play six games against 2011 playoff teams. They’ll end their regular season Dec. 30 in Atlanta.

Source: AP

WK DATE OPPONENT TIME (ET)

1 Sun, Sep 9 Carolina 4:15 PM

2 Sun, Sep 16 at NY Giants 1:00 PM

3 Sun, Sep 23 at Dallas 1:00 PM

4 Sun, Sep 30 Washington 4:15 PM

6 Sun, Oct 14 Kansas City 1:00 PM

7 Sun, Oct 21 New Orleans 1:00 PM

8 Thu, Oct 25 at Minnesota 8:20 PM

9 Sun, Nov 4 at Oakland 4:05 PM

10 Sun, Nov 11 San Diego 1:00 PM

11 Sun, Nov 18 at Carolina 1:00 PM

12 Sun, Nov 25 Atlanta 1:00 PM

13 Sun, Dec 2 at Denver 4:05 PM

14 Sun, Dec 9 Philadelphia 1:00 PM

15 Sun, Dec 16 at New Orleans 1:00 PM

16 Sun, Dec 23 St. Louis 1:00 PM

17 Sun, Dec 30 at Atlanta 1:00 PM