NFL Power Rankings: Bucs Plummet After Back-to-Back Losses

Luke Easterling

It should come as no surprise, but the vast array of NFL power rankings don't think much of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they head into a much-needed bye week.

After suffering back-to-back losses to division opponents, the Bucs are dropping fast among the rest of league, finding themselves back among the bottom-feeders through six weeks of 2019 regular season action.

Sports Illustrated ranks the Bucs at No. 26 out of the league's 32 teams, a fall of three spots from the week before:

Jameis Winston had the yardage (30-of-54, 400 yards, 1 TD) to keep the Bucs within reach, but the five interceptions created a few too many roadblocks for them to overcome. A tough weekend for the top two picks in the 2015 draft.

NFL.com's list dropped the Bucs five spots to No. 29, ahead of just the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins. ESPN was a bit more kind, dropping Tampa Bay just three spots to No. 25. Bleacher Report gave the Bucs their highest slot we found at No. 24, dropping them two spots from the previous week.

The Bucs head into their off week with a record of 2-4, coming off consecutive losses and still enduring a brutal road trip that has them going seven weeks without playing a game in Raymond James Stadium. They travel to Tennessee to face the Titans after the bye, then to Seattle to take on the Seahawks before finally returning home to host the Arizona Cardinals on November 10th.

Perhaps a return home can lead to more success and send this team back in the right direction on the power rankings board.

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