Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 5 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: 8.6 (T-8th)
  • Best ranking: 6th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 11th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 5 roundup for the Bucs in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 10

The second half against the Chargers was as comfortable as we've seen Tom Brady in a Bucs uniform. He went 15-for-17 for 263 yards and three touchdowns after halftime as Tampa scored on four consecutive possessions. First-round pick Tristan Wirfs was impressive at right tackle against Joey Bosa and company, and Mike Evans was a monster with seven catches for 122 yards. Brady threw a pick six, and the defense has to sort out some issues, but Tampa has won three straight.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

Tom Brady had a big game against the Chargers, but the defense showed some cracks. When will they play a full game on both sides of the ball?

USA Today -- Rank: 6

QB Tom Brady added to his record 222 career regular-season victories. The Jaguars, Panthers, Ravens and Texans don't have that many in the history of their franchises.

ESPN -- Rank: 11

FPI chance to make playoffs: 87.3%

Wow, that's high. But as Scotty Miller said of Tom Brady, "How can you not believe in him? He's the greatest to ever do it." Brady engineered a 17-point comeback to beat the Chargers on Sunday -- the second-biggest rally in franchise history -- throwing five touchdowns to five different receivers. A big part of this will be overcoming the lack of playoff experience for many on the team and injuries to key skill-position players. Brady has been without Pro Bowl wide receiver Chris Godwin for two games, tight end O.J. Howard is likely done for the season and the QB's game-winning touchdown on Sunday was thrown to his fourth-string running back, Ke'Shawn Vaughn. They're going to need all their young guys to step up each week. -- Jenna Laine -- Rank: 8

"How can you not believe in him? He's the greatest to ever do it." That was Bucs wideout Scott Miller after Tom Brady threw five touchdown passes in a 38-31 win over the Chargers, Tampa Bay's third consecutive victory. This was a version of Brady we didn't see last season in New England -- and Week 4 offered definitive proof that the legendary passer can still be an elite player with the right supporting cast around him. This will not be Johnny Unitas on the Chargers or Joe Namath with the Rams. Brady was accurate with his mid-range throws and showed nice touch on deep balls, playing behind an offensive line that is giving him time to work. The defense struggled some against rookie Justin Herbert, but the Bucs remain a talented, balanced team.

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