NFL Power Rankings: Buccaneers No. 22

As we get ready for the start of the regular season, the ESPN.com Power Rankings are out and they have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ranked No. 22.

Maybe the panelists are putting some stock into Tampa Bay’s lackluster preseason, but I think they’re taking the Bucs too lightly. Detroit, Miami and Kansas City are the teams immediately ahead of Tampa Bay and I think the Bucs are better than those three teams.

In fact, I think the Bucs are going to be better than a lot of people expect. In our season predictions, I had Tampa Bay at 9-7 and just missing the playoffs.

I think the Bucs belong somewhere in the mid-teens.