We could all see this coming, right?
When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to the New York Jets during Week 1, editors and writers of Power Rankings were already copy and pasting the Buccaneers as far down their rankings as possible. And for good reason.
Many power rankers had the Jets as the worst team in the NFL, or among the worst alongside the Raiders and Jaguars. So for Tampa Bay to lose in frustrating fashion to the Jets meant the Buccaneers were worse than the already fairly low expectations set for them.
Here’s what Elliot Harrison of NFL.com had to say about the Buccaneers when he ranked them 29th in his most recent rankings.
Ugh. There’s no more painful number in pro football than the “0-1″ sitting next to the Buccaneersin the standings right now. Enron didn’t have numbers that painful.
Josh Freeman did his job in moving the team into position for the go-ahead field goal against the Jets, but otherwise, he was once again underwhelming, finishing 15-of-31 for 210 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
ESPN.com’s rankings have the Buccaneers at 28th, and they had this to say about Tampa Bay.
Avoidable mistakes hurt. Lavonte David’s penalty was the biggest, but the Bucs gave the Jets five first downs via penalties, tied for second most by a Tampa defense since 2001.
At this point, I have to agree with these assessments. The team showed no signs that they’re ready to compete with the Saints or Patriots, who are the next two teams on the schedule. But thankfully, the margin between winning and losing in the NFL is fairly thin, so the Bucs have a chance to improve some areas of their play and drastically change their perception after Week 2 against the Saints.
Where would you rank the Buccaneers after the first week of the NFL season? Let us know in the comment section below.