Looks like a 2-0 start has some folks giving the Buccaneers (a mordicum of) respect. For those that care, the weekly NFL power rankings are out for a number of sites. Here's where the Buccaneers rank:
-CBSSports.com has the Buccaneers at 13 (24 last week):
Surprise, surprise. Josh Freeman is playing a nice brand of quarterback, making them an early-season surprise. If they beat the Steelers this week, then people really will notice.
- ESPN.com ranks the Buccaneers at 21 (28 last week):
Say goodbye to that two-game win streak with Steelers visiting Sunday.
-Foxsports.com has the Buccaneers at 13 (24 last week)
I'm surprised as anyone that the Buccaneers are 2-0, but they beat two substandard teams. Give QB Josh Freeman credit for playing through a painful thumb injury, but he's in for a tough time against the very physical Steelers defense on Sunday.
-NBCSports.com puts the Buccaneers at 13 (14 last week(?!))
-SBNation's NFL power ranking lists the Buccaneers at 21 (27 last week)
I'm not sure how to explain this. We'll need a couple more weeks to see what kind of team this is. The Browns and Panthers aren't impressive opponents but 2-0 is 2-0. The Bucs are getting it done early.
Looks like there's some early moderate respect, but most need to see a win over Pittsburgh Sunday to start giving the Buccaneers some true respect. Can't say I disagree.