This past Sunday, the Buccaneers lost a game in which they had the lead after three quarters for just the ninth time in the last 10.125 seasons (that’s a fancy way of saying 2002-11 and the first two games of 2012). Obviously, that fourth quarter in the Meadowlands was not the team’s most enjoyable 15 minutes of play.
SI.com Senior Writer Don Banks sees the bigger picture for the 2012 Buccaneers however. That explains why he moved Tampa Bay up two spots in his weekly NFL Power Rankings despite their loss to the Giants. Said Banks: “The Bucs move up a couple notches because they’ve played seven quality quarters out of eight so far this season.”
Banks currently has the Buccaneers at #18 in his rankings, already up six spots from before the start of the regular season. Among the teams Tampa Bay has passed in the first two weeks is Carolina, the Bucs’ victim in a season-opening 16-10 win at Raymond James Stadium.
Banks also weighed in on one of the Bucs’ most important moves of the season. “On the plus side of things,” he wrote, “the Vincent Jackson signing is looking pretty good in Tampa Bay.”