The various Power Rankings, a staple of online NFL coverage, have been updated again, and there’s at least one bit of consensus between the likes of ESPN.com and SI.com regarding the Buccaneers: Their Week 11 win at Carolina was worthy of a small bump.
The Bucs land in a variety of spots this week, from ninth at FOXsports.com to 12th on PFT, but in each case they have made a minor climb after their 27-21 comeback victory. In fact, they got moved exactly one spot in three of the five polls linked below.
FOXSports’ Brian Billick already was the Bucs’ most bullish supporter, so his one spot bump took Tampa Bay from 10th to ninth, their highest ranking in any poll so far this year. Billick says the Bucs are in prime position to capture a Wild Card spot.
The NFL.com Power Rankings are the accumulation of the lists of a handful of analysts, but Elliot Harrison presents, effusing that Tampa Bay’s win at Carolina was “absolutely ridiculous” (in a good way). Harrison shows the Bucs at number 11, also up one spot from last week, but warns that the next two weeks (vs. Atlanta, at Denver) will say quite a bit about the “ilk” of the Buccaneers.
Likewise, Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com moved the Bucs up exactly one spot, to 12th overall. Prisco has been warning that the Buccaneers are for real for several weeks and this time refers to the team as a “real playoff threat.”
The ESPN.com power poll was apparently most impressed by what the Bucs accomplished in Week 11, leaping them three spots all the way up to 10th. The teams Tampa Bay passed this week to crack the top 10: Pittsburgh, the Colts and the idle Seahawks.
Finally, the Bucs made a move of two spots in the ProFootballTalk.com poll, rising to 12th. No word yet on Don Banks and SI.com, but stay tuned.