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Bucs announce preseason schedule, including Eagles game

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The 2016 preseason includes rematches involving the  Tampa Bay Bucs’  biggest victory and its most bitter defeat this year.

The schedule kicks off in Philadelphia in Week 1, where Tampa Bay beat the Eagles 45-17. Jameis Winston threw five touchdowns in the victory.

In Week 2, the Bucs go to Jacksonville. Tampa Bay held off the Jags 38-31 a year ago as Doug Martin scored three touchdowns.

After that, the Bucs come home to unveil the first half of the stadium improvement project against the Cleveland Browns.

In Week 4, the Bucs play the Washington Redskins again. Tampa Bay led Washington 24-7 last year before losing 31-30. However, most starters sit out the final week of preseason.

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