Bucs drop to 19 in power rankings
The Bucs were off last week, but still managed to drop two spots to 19th in the latest NFL power rankings by Sports Illustrated. SI NFL writer Don Banks writes:
Throw out that 45-point debacle at San Francisco -- a notion Tampa Bay would quickly endorse -- and the Bucs do nothing but play close games. Their other six games have been decided by an average margin of 5.5 points, and for the most part they've been on the right side of those, winning by four, three, seven and six points. Knowing how to win the tight ones is a good sign, as is Tampa Bay's 2-0 start in the division. But this week's trip to New Orleans is big in terms of staying in the top half of the NFC playoff pack.
Click here to read the entire power rankings, which are topped by the Packers, Steelers and (surprise) 49ers.