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NFL Power Rankings: Buccaneers are up and down after the bye

They have a chance at moving up across the board this week.

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Good news is, Tampa Bay didn’t lose this past week. Bad news is, they still lost positioning in some power rankings during their bye week. (Lol! What the hell?!)

The Bucs did move up in a couple lists. But overall, they still find themselves looking up at the majority of the league.

In Week 6, they travel to Atlanta to take on the 1-4 Falcons. Their record is a bit surprising and the reason for their losses are because of their defense — mainly due to injuries they’ve suffered on that side of the ball.

Quarterback Jameis Winston returns as the starter after serving a three-game suspension. This will be a good week for the Bucs to get back to winning after dropping the last two games.

Below is a roundup of where Tampa Bay sits in the power rankings of various outlets after Week 5.

ESPN

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Record: 2-2

Week 5 ranking: 20

Rest-of-season SOS ranking: 15th. The Buccaneers’ toughest remaining game falls on Week 15 at Baltimore, a matchup that Tampa Bay has a 20 percent chance of winning, according to FPI. That game is third in a stretch of six to end the season in which Tampa Bay is not favored to win. -- Shah

The MMQB

25. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-2)

Last Week’s rank: 24

Points in poll: 71

Highest-place vote: 21 (1)

Lowest-place vote: 29 (1)

Last week’s result: Bye

Next game: at Atlanta

It almost feels like the real Bucs’ season begins in earnest in Week 6, as Jameis Winston makes his first start following the bye week.

USA Today

18. Buccaneers (19): Jameis Winston will be back in saddle, taking NFL’s top passing offense to Atlanta. Note: Winston has lost nine of 10 while in saddle.

Yahoo! Sports

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2, LW: 18)

Jameis Winston is by far the most important story with this team, but rookie running back Ronald Jones is a big one too. Peyton Barber looked great in the preseason and has done nothing since. Jones was terrible in August but finally got a shot to play in Tampa Bay’s last game. He didn’t do much (10 carries, 29 yards) but the Bucs don’t have much to lose in giving him an expanded role and seeing what happens.

And over at the mothership, SB Nation keeps the Buccaneers at No. 18.