The national power rankings are out, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drop a few spots. No surprise with a loss, but the consensus is still that the Bucs are in contention for a playoff spot with a 12th overall ranking, one spot down from last week's rankings.
After winning four in a row, the Bucs finally go down. How's this for a murderer's row in three of their final five games: at Denver, at New Orleans, at Atlanta. Those are separated by games against the Eagles and Rams but still, that's a hell of a lineup when you need to go 4-1 down the stretch.
Losing at home to the Falcons was costly with trips to Denver, New Orleans and Atlanta still to come.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can't move up in the rankings, or make the playoffs, or be considered a contender until they take care of bidness at home against quality teams. The Falcons were there for the taking, and Connor Barth's 56-yard miss is not the reason Tampa couldn't finish the job. The secondary is the biggest culprit. And now the Bucs are 6-5, as opposed to being in prime position for a wild-card slot.
That was a tough loss to the Falcons, but they are so much better than earlier in the season. They are one draft away from being really good.
Couldn't get run game going, but playoff hopes still alive.