December 23, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) reacts against the St. Louis Rams during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

24th? And They Call These Guys Experts? How Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers This Low In Power Rankings?

Pro Football Talk has released their power rankings team by team starting at 32 and working up. Today they got to number 24, and lo and behold, it’s your Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I’m usually a big fan of PFT and respect their opinions, but this is borderline ludicrous to me. Now, I am a Buccaneers fan, writer, and lover, but no matter who you are, you have to be able to recognize the Bucs should be higher on a power ranking list. the Buccaneers being at 24 means they are only better than eight teams, EIGHT!?!?

The Buccaneers were 7-9 a year ago and had one of the worst secondaries in the history of the NFL. They have upgraded at two critical positions, cornerback and safety, and in doing so brought in one of the best players in the league.

They are going into the second year of Mike Sullivan’s reign as Offensive Coordinator, and they will welcome back not one, but two Pro Bowl offensive lineman to the fold.

PFT points out that the Buccaneers greatest question mark is at the quarterback position. Enough cannot be said about how important Josh Freeman’s continued development will play in the Bucs success. However, even if Josh performs exactly the same as he did a year ago, which shouldn’t be too much to ask, the Bucs have added enough pieces to add at least one more win.

Not to mention that schedule is obviously not taken into account. PFT ranks the Buccaneers’ opponents in 2013 quite low as well, with 5 of the 8 teams below the Buccaneers featuring on the 2013 schedule for Tampa Bay, including the Panthers, who the Bucs play twice. Add in the Dolphins who are ranked just ahead of the Bucs at 23, and you see that almost half the schedule is against “bottom 10″ teams according to PFT. So a team with a good chance at 7 wins according to your rankings is still a bottom 10 team? Doesn’t make any sense.

It boggles my mind to see teams like Miami, Kansas City, Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit all ahead of our Bucs. Kansas City won two games last year. Detroit is on a ten game losing streak. Chicago is old and have a first year head coach.

The Buccaneers improved, no one can deny that. Guess they are just going to have to go out and prove it on the field. 24th in power rankings, outrageous.

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