So, either Sports Illustrated vastly underrated the Bucs before the season started. Or its poll voters were hoodwinked by Tampa Bay's Week 1 win over the Saints.
Whatever the reason, the Bucs jumped 15(!) spots this week in SI's Monday Morning Quarterback Power Rankings Poll .
After starting the season at No. 30 — or third from the bottom — the Bucs catapaulted to No. 15 following their 48-40 stunner in New Orleans.
And, yet, they remain the lowest-ranked team from the NFC South.
The Falcons rank eighth, the Panthers 10th, and the Saints 13th after falling seven spots.
The second-biggest jump was by the Redskins, who moved up eight spots to No. 18 after a 24-6 win over the Cardinals.
The biggest fall? The Lions plummeted 11 spots to No. 26 following their 48-17 shellacking at the hands of the Jets.
The Super Bowl champion Eagles, who visit Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, remain at No. 2, behind the Patriots.