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Bucs jump up 15 spots in Sports Illustrated’s power rankings

After starting the season at No. 30, the Bucs jumped to No. 15 in SI's weekly NFL power rankings.
Cornerback Carlton Davis (33) breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara during the Bucs' victory Sunday in New Orleans. [AP Photo/Bill Feig]
Published Sep. 12, 2018

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.

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