Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 10 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: 7.4 (8th)
  • Best ranking: 7th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 8th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Bucs in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

Defensively, you can chalk up their performance to a bad game against a veteran Saints team that was firing on all cylinders. But the offense was a complete disaster. The Bucs failed to produce a first down on their first four drives. Passer rating is a flawed stat, but Tom Brady's 40.4 mark was the third worst of his entire career. Tampa has to figure out what went wrong with its pass protection (the answer can't be that it was missing one starting guard), and the Bucs need to come up with a way to keep all their pass-catchers happy now that Antonio Brown is in the mix.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 7

That was an embarrassing beatdown by the Saints. So much for being the favorite in the conference.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

Yes, QB Tom Brady suffered the worst loss of his career. But Tampa Bay's defensive collapse was at least equally as shocking as the offense's ineptitude in Sunday's 35-point unraveling.

ESPN -- Rank: 8

Recalibrated expectation: A wild-card berth

The Bucs are still sitting in a good place at 6-3, but after getting swept by the Saints -- most recently being destroyed 38-3 on Sunday night -- plus close calls against the Raiders (until the fourth quarter) and Giants and coming up empty against the Bears, the Bucs don't appear ready to take the next step. It's not because Tom Brady suffered the worst loss of his career in Week 9, but because the Bucs' coaching staff has been outschemed the past three weeks. It's still possible that they win the division, but Sunday night's loss on a national stage did little to inspire faith. -- Jenna Laine -- Rank: 7

You could give the Bucs a pass for their sloppy performance in a win over the Giants in Week 8, but Sunday night's 38-3 shellacking at the hands of the Saints is the type of loss that makes you wonder where Tampa Bay truly belongs in the conversation about the league's top contenders. Tom Brady threw three interceptions in the worst beating of his career, and Todd Bowles' usually stellar defense looked confused and inept as Drew Brees and Taysom Hill made play after play. The Bucs are now 1-2 in prime time this season, averaging less than 16 points per game in those "island" showcases. "It was shocking," Bruce Arians said after the loss. "... They kicked our ass in every phase." The Bucs have some soul-searching to do.

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