Thursday, December 24, 2020

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 16 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: 9.0 (9th)
  • Best ranking: 7th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 12th (

Below you will find a Week 16 roundup for the Bucs in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

Wish: Some semblance of consistency. Is this as boring a holiday wish as any team could possibly have? Yes. But it really fits Tampa Bay. In the first half against the Falcons, the Bucs looked like a complete disaster that was on the verge of getting blown out. In the second half, they looked unstoppable. Whether it's week to week or series to series, the Bucs are this year's Jekyll and Hyde team. On their best day, they can beat any team in the NFC. On their worst day, they could get blown out in the first round. Maybe that's just how it's going to be, but it'd be nice to see Tampa Bay find some kind of consistency going into the postseason.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

The comeback against the Falcons could be the game that gets them rolling again. That offense is the one we expected to see.

USA Today -- Rank: 7

After all the hype surrounding this club, who would have predicted that OLB Jason Pierre-Paul would be their only Pro Bowl representative in 2020?

ESPN -- Rank: 11

Most underrated star: K Ryan Succop

Succop has converted 92.6% of his field goal attempts, tied for seventh in the league and better than what the team had the past eight seasons. Considering the challenges the Bucs have had in trying to get Tom Brady to jell with the offense and the struggles the Bucs have had with their kickers since Matt Bryant, Succop's consistency has been invaluable. "When you look back at his history before his injuries, he was money inside of 50 [yards]," coach Bruce Arians said. "He's gotten stronger. I'm watching him kick 58-yarders in the wind. ... It's nice to know when you send a guy out there, you're getting points." -- Jenna Laine -- Rank: 12

We got to see both sides of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coin on Sunday. In the first half, there was the ugly, rusted, scuffed-up side of the currency: missed tackles, blown coverages, errant throws and dropped passes as Tampa Bay fell behind 17-0 by halftime. In the second half, we saw the gleaming, freshly circulated, unblemished side of the coin: Tom Brady and the Bucs scored on their first five possessions, including four TDs, to secure a 31-27 comeback win over the eternally tragic Falcons. So, which side of the coin more accurately reflects who the Bucs are? Which side will it land on if Tampa Bay finds its way into the postseason, as expected? What's it going to be, Bruce: Heads or tails?

Previous update: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 15 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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