Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 7 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: 3.2 (2nd)
  • Best ranking: 2nd (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 4th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Bucs in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 4

After coming out of training camp about as healthy as can be, the Buccaneers have dealt with a rash of injuries. Nine starters have missed a combined 22 games, plus Antonio Brown missed one start due to COVID-19 protocols. They've managed to survive this to stand at 5-1 -- which is no small feat -- and that's largely due to the success of their offense and pass rush. But it gets interesting with two top-10 defenses up next: the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. How much will the Bucs be able to lean on their offensive firepower then? -- Jenna Laine -- Rank: 3

The Bucs toyed with the Eagles on Thursday night. Playing their third game in 12 days, they built a 28-7 lead through three quarters and held Philadelphia's offense to 99 yards to that point. When the Eagles made things interesting with a fourth-quarter score, Tom Brady coolly jogged back on the field and removed any drama from the proceedings with a 27-yard completion to Antonio Brown on third-and-7 from near midfield with less than four minutes to play. Game over. A slew of injuries aside, the Bucs are off to a very strong start in their title defense.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 4

Once they get healthy on defense, they will look like the Super Bowl team from a year ago. The offense can roll up big numbers quickly with Tom Brady and those weapons.

USA Today -- Rank: 3

They're throwing the ball 68% of the time. Tom Brady may be the GOAT, but is that a sustainable formula for a 44-year-old quarterback?

The Athletic -- Rank: 2

Rookie Heat Check: First-round linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka provided his best performance of the season in his last start, a Week 4 contest against the Patriots under the bright lights of "Sunday Night Football." He had two sacks and four quarterback hits on Mac Jones while playing on 85 percent of Tampa Bay's defensive snaps. His snap count has taken a massive dip since then, but he's now shown the team what could be moving forward.

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