A weekly examination of the Buccaneers' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 19 | Last week: 24 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
The latest ESPN.com Power Rankings are out, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fallen two spots to No. 26.
That’s understandable following a 23-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. With one game left (Sunday at New Orleans) the 4-11 Bucs seem destined to finish out of the top 20, but they won’t be in the 30s, like they were for a good chunk of the year.
No. 26 is about right. You are what your record says you are. I believe the Bucs have more talent than a 4-11 team, and they haven’t played up to their potential.