NFC South Power Rankings after Week 1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baker Mayfield
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baker Mayfield / David Berding/GettyImages
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1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sure, this is a Bucs site. But, it's hard to argue against the Bucs taking no. 1 on this list when they beat a Vikings team that went 13-4 last year, winning their division and boasting what could be one of the league's most exciting passing attacks.

Tampa Bay may have bent, but they didn't break. Sure, they allowed Kirk Cousins to throw for 345 yards, with 150 of them going to Justin Jefferson. But, they also took advantage of the turnover battle and won that area 3-0, with Cousins being the cause of all three for the Vikings.

The Bucs also shut down the Vikings' run game, allowing just 41 yards on the ground for Minnesota behind Alexander Mattison.

Offensively, Baker Mayfield played a solid first game with the Bucs, going 21-for-34 for 173 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a couple of key carries that led to conversions, one of which very well may have put the game away. Mayfield played well, but overall he played tough and competitive, which is no surprise.

This was the type of opening win the Bucs needed to stir up even more confidence not just in Mayfield, but in this team as a whole. If Tampa Bay plays like they did on Sunday, they, too, could have a legitimate shot at winning the South.