Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Bucs play Thursday Night game at Carolina Panthers

TAMPA -- 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.