THE BUCS AND THE DOLPHINS The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open their 2017 regular season schedule with the shortest road trip of them all when they head to South Florida to take on in-state rivals Miami.     Being an inter-conference rivalry, this will only be the 11th time the two teams have met in the regular season with honors even at 5-5.   Click here for a link to all the past 10 games. The last meeting was a 22-19 Buccaneer victory on Monday Night Football in 2013, the Bucs' first win that season after an 0-8 start.   But the three most memorable encounters were the first three that took place between the two Florida teams. 24 October 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20  Miami Dolphins 23 The expansion Buccaneers played their "best game of the year" but still suffered a heart-breaking defeat.  Despite two touchdown strikes from veteran QB Steve Spurrier, a defensive lapse and Garo Yepremian's fieldgoal with 55 seconds left cost the Bucs their first-ever victory and a chance to beat the once-proud Miami Dolphins, three point favourites against the spread.  "It was the best game of the year for us" said John McKay. "I've been telling people we have been progressing and we are". Parnell "Paydirt" Dickinson started his one and only game for the Bucs and promptly completed all four passes including a touchdown strike to Morris Owens that put the home side 7-3 up.     Owens had three receiving touchdowns in all, a franchise record that would last for another nine years. “I hate this happened," Dickinson said not realising this injury would be the end of his rookie season. "But experience is a big thing in thig game, and to be playing on the same team with Steve and Terry (Hanratty) is a learning experience. They have about 17 years of experience between them, and plan to learn what I can and be ready to play when I got another chance." 29 November 1982 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 Miami Dolphins 17 The players' strike had ended but the defending NFC South champion Bucs came into this Monday Night match-up 0-3.   Their rushing attack led to the first Buc touchdown which came on a 38-yard, seven-play drive that featured no passes at all. The Bucs built a 23-10 lead on Neal Colzie's two interceptions of his former team-mate Don Strock, one of which he returned 51 yards to set up James Wilder's 4th quarter score.   The Bucs then had to withstand a comeback that was only denied when Mike Washington made his second and Tampa Bay's fifth interception of the night. Joe Rose's second score came with 34 seconds left and Miami then recovered the onside kick to set up Washington's late heroics.   This was also one of the first NFL games ever shown on British television. 20 October 1985 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38 Miami Dolphins 41 Leeman Bennett's Buc team was 0-6 and facing a Miami team that was at its offensive peak behind Dan Marino and the Marks brothers receiving duo.   Naturally they came within a whisker of an amazing upset victory. Twice the Bucs trailed by 17 points, but four Steve DeBerg to Jimmie Giles touchdown passes, the latter thereby breaking Morris Owens' original record, brought the Bucs level inside the final minute with the offensively-talented Dolphins. After an earlier Fuad Reveiz fieldgoal had been partially blocked but still crept over the bar, the game winner came with six seconds to play.   DeBerg threw a Hail Mary on the last play of the game that Kevin House caught at the Miami 23-yard line but time had expired.