NFL Power Rankings Week 3: Buccaneers stay stagnant

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: Mark Barron #24 and Brandon McDonald #33 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers converge on Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The Bucs drop down a few places this week, after losing a very close game to a quality opponent. That's a shame, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played for about three quarters on Sunday, but couldn't keep it together for the final 15 minutes. The result: a small drop in the rankings, as the Bucs go from 20th to 21st on average in this week's power rankings.

SB Nation - 24th (down from 19th):

They don't deserve to fall this far but there's always a team that gets screwed. Tampa Bay played the Giants

tough in one of the most exciting regular season games in recent memory.

ESPN - 21st (no change):

Jason Garrett and Mike Shanahan are up next on the Greg Schiano friendship tour.

Fox Sports (Brian Billick) - 18th (up from 19th):

Tampa Bay showed us flashes on Sunday, but giving up 510 passing yards isn't going to win too many games. I suggest they play harder during the first 59:55 so they don't need to be in 4-point stances when the other team tries to take a knee.

Pro Football Talk - 22nd (up from 23rd):

As it turns out, crashing a victory formation creates even more buzz than doing Hard Knocks.

National Football Post - 21st (down from 20th):

The Tampa secondary played big in the first half vs. the Giants, but they vanished when they had a shot to close out the game.

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco) - 24th (down from 20th):

That was a tough loss against the Giants, but they showed well on the road against a good team. They're feisty under Greg Schiano, that's for sure. Power Poll - 21st (down from 18th) (Elliot Harrison) - 18th (no change):

Despite the loss, you have to like the way Tampa is competing these days. This is a different team than the one that dropped 10 in a row to close out 2011. Then again, the Bucs blew coverages all around the park on Sunday. Everyone in Tampa's secondary got toasted, and the club paid for it with a loss.

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