Tampa Bay at least snapped their three-game losing streak which will hopefully build up into a winning streak. There were some positives on the defensive side of the ball with interim defensive coordinator Mark Duffner taking over.
The loss of linebacker Kwon Alexander will undoubtedly hurt the defense, but the changes in defensive playcalling should still bode well for the Bucs.
Below are how some national media outlets view the 3-3 Buccaneers.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 7 ranking: 26
Need more from: RB Ronald Jones. With Peyton Barber struggling, the Bucs need Jones to take over the lead running back spot for a team that is averaging the second-fewest rushing yards per game (86 per game). A competent running attack would keep a Bucs defense that is giving up a league-worst 32.7 PPG on the sideline for longer periods. -- Schwartz
25. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (3-3)
Last Week’s rank: 25
Points in poll: 59
Highest-place vote: 23 (3)
Lowest-place vote: 27 (2)
Last week: Win 26-23 (OT) vs. Cleveland
Next week: at Cincinnati
It took overtime against the Browns, but Week 7 finally brought us the Bucs’ first win with Jameis Winston starting.
21. Buccaneers (26): They’ve rushed for four rushing touchdowns this season but have only gotten one from an actual running back (rookie Ronald Jones)
Previous rank: No. 25
A long field goal won Sunday for the Bucs. Read that line again, because I can guaran-damn-tee you it’s the only time that’s been written in Tampa’s space in the Power Rankings over the last five years. After clunking an extra point and extremely makeable 40-yarder, Chandler Catanzaro put some modern english on the 59-yard game-winner against the Browns. The make took Jameis Winston off the hook after Winston telegraphed a perfect interception into Jamie Collins’ belly, then held the ball for 95 seconds in OT when Tampa Bay could ill-afford a sack. Catanzaro also rescued head coach Dirk Koetter, who pulled off the rare feat of icing his own kicker by throwing a challenge flag in overtime right before the kick, which results in a forced timeout. You see, coaches can’t challenge in OT. Koetter should probably know that rule. Never mind.
Side note: ”Melt with You” was a hit song in 1982 by Modern English. #Bucs
And over at the mothership, SB Nation ranks the Bucs 26. Same as last week.