Thursday, September 24, 2020

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 12.8 (13th)
  • Best ranking: 12th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 15th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Bucs in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 12

What we learned: Tom Brady looked more comfortable. In Week 1, Brady was 1-for-4 for 2 yards when targeting Mike Evans. In Sunday's win against the Panthers, Brady was was 7-for-10 for 104 yards when targeting Evans. Brady's final numbers (23-for-35 for 217 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) are deceiving. Tampa let the Panthers stay in the game because of a bevy of dropped passes. The Athletic's Greg Auman noted that just three of Brady's 12 incompletions were uncatchable. Bruce Arians estimated that the Buccaneers dropped 125 yards and three touchdowns worth of passes. Tampa still had some painful moments. Ronald Jones botched a handoff, and Brady threw a pick. But overall, the offense looked much better in Week 2.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 13

It still wasn't pretty last week, but you can see signs that the offense is coming around. The defense is what will decide how far this team goes and it did some good things against Carolina.

USA Today -- Rank: 12

They're not firing on all cylinders yet defensively, either, 2019 sack champion Shaquil Barrett still trying to get on the board.

ESPN -- Rank: 15

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: The Bucs' defense

Through two weeks, Tampa Bay is tied for the eighth-most fantasy points on defense, which included a five-sack, four-takeaway performance against the Panthers in Week 2. The Bucs' opponent this week, the Broncos, have allowed the eighth-most points to opposing defenses. Tampa Bay's two following opponents are the Chargers, who are among the stingiest in points allowed to opposing defenses (so there might be better options elsewhere), and the Bears, who are tied for giving up the 11th most. -- Jenna Laine -- Rank: 12

The Bucs' offense is not executing at a high level two weeks into the Tom Brady era, but it did enough on Sunday to secure a 31-17 win over the Panthers. On Monday, Bruce Arians said his veteran QB could have had a 400-yard passing day if not for the shortcomings of his receivers, who, by the coach's count, had seven drops costing 125 yards. "Don't drop the damn ball or you won't get another one. It's easy. He ain't gonna throw it to you." Arians is right: Brady made several throws that should have been layups, including a perfectly placed fourth-quarter dart to LeSean McCoy that was dropped in the end zone. Gotta clean that up.

Previous update: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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