A massive drop for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the power rankings this week: they go from 24th on average to 26th on average, and now appear to be competing for a top 5 draft pick in the eyes of the national media. That has to be disappointing for a team that has been in every game and has a lot of correctable issues. But the numbers don't lie - and 26th in the NFL is where people think the Bucs belong.
Illegal touching, not as hilarious as it sounds, at least not for Greg Schiano's team.
The Buccaneers are 2-4 despite playing four of their first six at home.
At least they have Josh Freeman going now, but the defense took a major step back against the Saints.
Josh Freeman posted 420 passing yards and was two fluke plays away from combining a career statistical day with a win. By rule, the illegal touching was called correctly, but more upsetting, was that Vincent Jackson got hawked by a safety on the other side of the field.
Offense lit it up, but still left points on the field.
It's time to permanently melt the Creamsicles.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers descend three spots, and deservedly so. The Bucs can't afford to blow a game at home to a 1-4 football team, period. Not if they're going to make something out of this season and erase the memory of the 4-12 debacle of 2011. Putting that aside for a moment ... damn those uniforms looked sweet.