Bucs are 13th in latest Sports Illustrated power rankings
The Bucs are hanging tough in Sports Illustrated's NFL power rankings. They slipped only one spot -- from 12th to 13th -- after the near upset of the Falcons in Atlanta last Sunday. SI NFL writer Don Banks writes:
For the second year in a row, an NFC South turnaround team is making a lot of good use of takeaways. The Bucs, like the Saints last season, have been opportunistic on defense. Tampa Bay is tied for the NFL lead with 14 interceptions, and three of those have been returned for critical touchdowns in games the Bucs won.
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