Saturday, September 18, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 1.4 (1st)
  • Best ranking: 1st (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 2nd (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Bucs in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 2

Top rookie: OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka

With no rookies starting, there wasn't much of an opportunity for a Bucs first-year player to make an impact outside of special teams, but Tryon-Shoyinka played 19 defensive snaps and recorded two combined tackles, a quarterback hit and had a 10% pressure rate on Dak Prescott. He also played 20 snaps on special teams. He'll have more opportunities down the road to provide a potent pass rush option for the Tampa Bay defense. -- Jenna Laine -- Rank: 1

The Bucs committed four turnovers and surrendered 451 total yards against the Cowboys, but they found a way thanks to that little bit of magic Tom Brady seems to bring to every team he plays for. The ageless G.O.A.T. picked apart the Dallas secondary with surgical precision and got fountain of youth-level performances from Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski, who accounted for more than 200 yards and three TDs. Brown looks primed for an All-Pro season, while Gronk was rampaging around the field like he was 27 again. Brady's talented group of pass catchers run so deep that a perennial Pro Bowl talent like Mike Evans can disappear from the game plan and the unit doesn't miss a beat. Scary stuff.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 1

The offense is going to be special this season, but the defense had some rough moments against the Cowboys. They have to be better than that if the Super Bowl repeat is to happen.

USA Today -- Rank: 1

Poor start by a defense that was the true Super Bowl 55 MVP. But when you've got QB Tom Brady and a cast of offensive skill players that could have served as the starting lineup in the 2017 Pro Bowl, OK for the D to take an early mulligan.

The Athletic -- Rank: 2

Overreaction: That pass defense, so good down the stretch on the way to the Super Bowl, let Dak Prescott throw for 403 yards on (checks notes) one million screen passes. Four turnovers by the offense is one more than they had in any game last year, and if it weren't for missed kicks and terrible red-zone efficiency, the Cowboys might have pulled off a huge upset. -- Auman

Reality check: We saw lapses from the Bucs' secondary at times last year, too, and they figured it out. Losing Sean Murphy-Bunting is a setback, but for now, I have faith in that group, especially when facing less-dangerous passing offenses than it saw in Week 1. -- Jones

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