Saturday, January 2, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 17 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: 6.8 (8th)
  • Best ranking: 5th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 8th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Bucs in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 5

Chris Godwin, WR: The Bucs have a number of key pending free agents, including linebacker Lavonte David and edge defender Shaq Barrett. But Godwin will be just 25 at the start of next season and is one of the league's top young wide receivers. He's been slowed some by injuries this season but still has totaled 707 yards in 11 games. That's after a 1,333-yard season in 2019. We had Godwin as the No. 2 pending unrestricted free agent in our initial top-50 list.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 7

The Bucs offense has really come alive in the past few games. Tom Brady is cooking, which they will need come playoff time.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

WR Mike Evans has a franchise record 13 TD catches and needs 40 receiving yards to become first man in league history to start his career with seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

ESPN -- Rank: 8

New Year's resolution: Win their first playoff game since the 2002 season

The last time the Bucs were in the postseason was 2007, when they lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants at home in the wild-card round. But the last time they actually won a postseason game was their 48-21 win over the then-Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII following the 2002 season. So this has been a long time coming, and this time, they have six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady to lead them. -- Jenna Laine -- Rank: 8

Tom Brady was a man possessed against the Lions, piling up 348 yards and four passing scores in just two quarters before giving way to Blaine Gabbert in a 47-7 win over the Lions. A week after they were shut out by the Falcons in the first half, the Bucs set a franchise record with 34 points in the first two quarters against a Detroit defense that has already started its offseason. The victory punched a playoff ticket for the Bucs, who had the second-longest postseason drought in the NFL entering this season. The Tom Brady Experiment is already a success. The question now becomes how far the G.O.A.T. can take the NFL's most unpredictable team.

Previous update: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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