Out of the tunnel, into the top ten
Last night's game wasn't pretty, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came out on top and showed plenty of promise. And this is reflected in all the national power rankings. The Bucs keep improving on the field every week, and the national publications seem to be taking notice of that. On average, the Bucs are ranked 10th, which is up from 12th last week. Here are all the power rankings I could find, collected into one post:
The Bucs aren't lighting it up, but they've quietly gone 3-1 for the fourth time in the past five seasons. (Sando)
Tampa Bay just finds a way to win, and Monday night it was behind the shoulder pads of RB LeGarrette Blount. This offense has yet to put together a complete game, yet they are still 3-1. The defensive line looks like a unit that boasts the Bucs' top two draft picks from the last two drafts.
The Bucs looked sloppy at times in the win over the Colts, but that's three straight for a team that plays a physical brand of football.
Not an impressive performance, but at least it allowed Jon Gruden to profess his love of slumpbusters.
They have the power running game going and that defensive front is starting to play a nasty brand of football. They do have to cut down on the mistakes.
Yes, it was Monday Night Football. Yes, they came back from 10 points behind. But, yes, it was the Colts.
Didn't expect Earnest Graham to be leading receiver.