Saturday, September 25, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 3 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: 1.0 (1st)
  • Best ranking: 1st (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 1st (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Bucs in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 1

Fantasy surprise: TE Rob Gronkowski

It's no surprise that Gronk is doing well. But this well? Especially compared to where he was a year ago -- shaking off rust after being away from football and entering a system not known for using the tight end extensively in the passing game. He has caught four touchdown passes in two games; and going back to the Super Bowl last season, he has six TDs in his past three contests. Most importantly, he made it through a 16-game regular season last year, plus four postseason games, without injury. Even better? The Bucs' opponent this week, the Rams, are giving up a 67% completion rate to tight ends, so there is opportunity for this to continue. -- Jenna Laine -- Rank: 1

Tom Brady is a joy to watch right now. The 44-year-old quarterback has simply mastered his position: He reads the field beautifully, feels pocket pressure like a ninja, possesses flawless mechanics and -- this one is especially head-scratching -- exhibits physical skills that somehow seem sharper than ever. Brady is up to nine touchdowns in two weeks after a five-TD effort against the Falcons and is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down in his 21st season as a starter. Brady has long since eclipsed Peyton Manning in the Greatest QB Ever debate -- now he's coming for Manning's throne as the greatest free-agent signing in league history.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 1

Tom Brady is on pace for 76 touchdown passes, an outrageous number that he won't sniff. The Tampa Bay offense is special right now.

USA Today -- Rank: 1

Evidence already mounting that this could be a historic team. QB Tom Brady is on pace to throw 77 TDs for crew that just became first to string together nine consecutive wins (including playoffs) while scoring at least 30 points in each. (Naturally, Brady was a member of the two teams that used to share that record, the 2007 and '10 Patriots.) The Bucs' overall win streak now stands at 10.

The Athletic -- Rank: 1

Tom Brady continues to defy science, aging and conventional football wisdom. It would be hard to make a stronger MVP case through two weeks for anyone other than Brady (though we'll try, keep reading!). His resume: nine touchdowns (on pace for more than 76 in 17 games) and two interceptions for the best team in the NFL. He averaged more than 10 yards per attempt last week against the Falcons (which also tells you plenty about the state of Atlanta's defense). Brady's first big defensive test comes this week on the road against the Rams.

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