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NFL Power Rankings Week 16: Free Falling

Chris Graythen

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue their fall in the power rankings. Hey, when you lose 41-0, that's going to happen. Rightly so, if you ask me. The Bucs are now ranked 20th on average, down two spots from last week.

SB Nation - 22nd (down from 18th):

Josh Freeman is completing less than 55 percent of his passes. That's really bad. And he's losing the "Oh, he's just young and inexperienced" excuse.

ESPN - 20th (down from 18th):

Only four teams rank below the Buccaneers in strength of victory (.345) to this point in the season.

Fox Sports (Brian Billick) - 21st (down from 18th):

Greg Schiano is going to be judged much in the way Tom Coughlin has in his career. When things are going well, he is strong willed and a tough leader, but when things are going wrong, he is a dictator and out of touch with his players. Recent anonymous quotes from the players would suggest the latter right now.

Pro Football Talk - 24th (down from 19th):

At least they didn't have to try to blow up victory formation.

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco) - 17th (down from 16th):

They packed it in against the Saints. Or are they spent from being beat down by their coach?

Pro Football Weekly - 19th (down from 17th):

Four INTs for Freeman, 16 rush yards for Martin in ugly loss. (Elliot Harrison) - 20th (down from 18th):

From 6-4 and pushing for a playoff berth in mid-November to 6-7 and facing a must-win in New Orleans last Sunday. So what did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do? Lose 41-0. Was the effort there late? That's for the Tampa players to ask themselves. But I can tell you this: From my vantage point, Josh Freeman not only left a lot of plays on the Superdome turf, but failed to compete with a sense of urgency. Power Poll - 20th (down from 18th):