Power Rankings Galore: Buccaneers are still middle of the pack

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 18: Umpire Jeff Rice gives the Tampa Bay Buccaneers possession of the ball after an onside kick by the Buccaneers in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings on September 18, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Bucs look very stable in the national power rankings, but that doesn't reflect the stability of this team, at least not in games. The Bucs seem nearly schizophrenic in games, even more than last year. The terrific performance in the second half isn't enough to push the Bucs into contender status in the eyes of most analysts, as the national power rankings show. 

ESPN: 14th (no change)

Will the Bucs hit their stride after overcoming a 17-0 deficit to beat Vikings in Week 2?

SB Nation: 15th (down from 14th):

They've lost to the Lions and beat the Vikings. A good barometer for this team comes next week against the Falcons.

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco): 18th (up from 21st)

That just might have been a season-saving second half in Minnesota. At least they showed some spunk. Here come the Falcons.


National Football Post: 14th (up from 16th)

The Bucs found a way to rip up the Vikings defense in the second half for the win on the road.

FOX Sports (Brian Billick): 13th (no change)

This was a great win on the road, particularly coming from 17 down, but Josh Freeman and the Bucs need to get going earlier in the game. That said, he may be the best fourth-quarter QB in the game. The Bucs will take this momentum into their divisional matchup with Atlanta next week.

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