NFL Power Rankings Week 7: The Lowest Ranked 2-3 Team

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers stomped an opponent into the ground this week. Mercilessly. Oh, sure, they were the Brady Quinn-led Chiefs, but a stomp is a stomp and credit goes where credit's due. Except, apparently, in the eyes of the national media.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to be the consensus worst 2-3 team in the NFL (well, maybe tied with the Indianapolis Colts), and they're something like ten spots behind the best 2-3 team: the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bucs have held every loss within a score, and just blew out an opponent. How does this work again?

To make matters even more hilarious, the Bucs didn't even rise a single spot in the average rankings. They were 24th last week, and they're 24th this week. What now?

SB Nation - 23rd (no change):

Everyone blows the Chiefs out.

ESPN - 22nd (up from 23rd):

Josh Freeman is the first Bucs QB since Trent Dilfer in 1998 with two 60-yard-plus TD passes in the same game.

Fox Sports (Brian Billick) - 24th (up from 25th):

Josh Freeman and Mike Williams finally showed the chemistry they displayed in 2010, and the combination of LaGarrette Blount and Doug Martin is balancing out.

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco) - 24th (up from 27th):

They finally let Josh Freeman go some, and look what happened. They have to keep opening things up.

Pro Football Talk - 24th (no change):

If they want to make things interesting, they've got to beat the Saints on Sunday.

Pro Football Weekly - 23rd (no change):

Rookie SS Barron quickly becoming impact player.

NFL.com (Elliot Harrison) - 23rd (up from 24th):

You can only play who's on your schedule. So let's not punish Tamp Bay for beating a reeling Chiefs team rolling Brady Quinn out there at quarterback. Some encouraging signs from the now 2-3 Buccaneers, most notably Josh Freeman's play: 15-26, 328 yards, three TD and an INT.

NFL.com Power Poll - 25th (down from 22nd)

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