Power Rankings: No. 24 Buccaneers

A weekly examination of the Buccaneers' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 19 | Last week: 26 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

A late-season surge has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers climbing in the ESPN.com Power Rankings. The Bucs jumped from No. 26 to No. 24 this week.

That came after Sunday's 27-6 victory against Buffalo, and the ranking is Tampa Bay’s best since Week 1. The Bucs spent a large chunk of the season in the 30s and upper 20s. But wins in four of their last five games have brought the Bucs to a respectable level.

The Bucs aren't going to the playoffs. But if they can win two of their final three games, they should have a decent shot to be ranked in the top 20.