Thursday, November 18, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 11 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: 6.2 (6th)
  • Best ranking: 5 (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 7 (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Bucs in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

Most important remaining game: Monday vs. Giants

To quote Tom Brady: "The next one." As in, this week. Yes, against the New York Giants. The Bucs dropped two in a row for just the second time in Brady's tenure as a Buccaneer to fall to 6-3. Even worse, they looked like a total shell of themselves at Washington. While still in contention in the NFC, coach Bruce Arians said they were "totally" lacking in passion and that they need to do some "soul searching" this week. -- Jenna Laine -- Rank: 6

Tom Brady had no interest in speaking with the media after Sunday's upset 29-19 loss to the Washington Football Team, and you didn't need a degree in psychology to know why. Brady never found a groove against Washington's revitalized defense and was trapped on the sidelines as Tampa Bay's D surrendered a marathon 19-play, 80-yard drive that chewed up most of the fourth quarter and ended with a touchdown that put the game out of reach. One can imagine Brady became further peeved when he heard Bruce Arians' blunt assessment of the QB's struggles in his own press conference. An ugly afternoon for the defending champs.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 7

Whatever that was against Washington, they better get past it quickly. They sure didn't look like a Super Bowl team last week. The defense has to be better.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

WR Mike Evans pulled even with former Tampa Bay FB Mike Alstott (71) for the most career TDs in Bucs history Sunday ... but they needed him to break that record to avoid being what Bruce Arians deemed "a very dumb football team."

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

Steal a player: Darren Waller, Raiders tight end

It's been clear of late and especially so Sunday how much Tom Brady misses tight end Rob Gronkowski in the red zone. Some of that is just because of Brady's long bromance with Gronkowski but more of it is because Brady loves a big body in tight quarters. Gronkowski could be back anytime, but he's played only four games this year due to a variety of injuries, and it's unwise to count on him being a steady roster presence the remainder of the season. The Bucs would be happy to take the 6-foot-6 Waller, who can add plenty to the vertical game, too.

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