The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting some national love. Quite a lot of it, actually, at least for the Bucs' standards. Every national power ranking has them jumping up at least five spots, and no one has them ranked lower than number 18 -- that's better than they've been ranked since 2013.
Danny Kelly sums up the general feeling, after ranking them 16th (up 5):
The Buccaneers offense caught fire behind Jameis Winston and Doug Martin on Sunday, demolishing what had been one of the best defenses in the league in Philly this year. Winston threw five touchdowns and Martin rushed for 235 yards, and getting Vincent Jackson back into the fold proved to be a big boost. With the way that Winston is playing, don't be surprised if Tampa Bay makes a run at a wild card spot this season.
Meanwhile, ESPN has them ranked 12th (up 11), NFL.com does as well (up 6), USA Today ranks them 18th (up 6) as do Yahoo! (up 7) and MLive.com (up 5), while the Washington Post goes with number 13 (up 6) while Bleeding Green Nation ranks them 15th (up 10).
Win games, and suddenly you get some respect. The Bucs just need to continue doing so and the rest of the NFL will like them more and more. More importantly, that will get them into the playoffs at the end of the season as well.