Sports Illustrated’s Connor Orr has updated his MMQB Power Rankings after the 2022 NFL Draft. Predictably, the Bucs rank high on the list due to Tom Brady’s unretirement in March.

Just how high?

The Bucs rank second in the MMQB Power Rankings behind the Chiefs. The two teams are scheduled to play this year in Tampa Bay.

The last time Brady and the Bucs squared off against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs was in Super Bowl LV at the end of the 2020 season. Tampa Bay prevailed at Raymond James Stadium, 31-9, as Todd Bowles’ defense stole the show. Mahomes was harassed throughout the game, sacked three times and threw a pair of interceptions.

Now Bowles takes over as the head coach. Orr likes Tampa Bay’s chances of a Super Bowl rematch against Kansas City.

Here’s what Orr had to say:

“While the endgame of Tom Brady’s Wendy Byrde–like multilevel scheme to take control of the Dolphins and act as both the team’s chief financial officer and starting quarterback has yet to materialize, the Buccaneers remain one of the best and most complete teams in the NFL—one that could easily use its draw as a veteran-led roster to successfully mine the remainder of free agency (as cohost Gary Gramling and I did on the latest MMQB pod). Todd Bowles is an excellent coach with a healthier defense. The Buccaneers are coming off a draft in which they nabbed a high-upside, space-eating tackle (Logan Hall) to pair with Vita Vea and a potential franchise running back in Rachaad White.”

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Scott Reynolds is in his 27th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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Naplesfan
Naplesfan
5 days ago

Power rankings are meaningless. It’s just one guy’s opinion … or maybe a panel of guys’ and gals’ opinions. Who are all hopelessly biased.

Las Vegas oddsmakers actually provide a far wider and more comprehensive evaluation of opinions – which all power rankings are, just opinions – because they represent the collective judgment of millions of betters. Right now the oddsmakers have both the Bucs and the Bills tied at 7:1 as 2023 Super Bowl champs. But again, that’s just an opinion.

Spitfire
Spitfire
5 days ago

I don’t understand why the Chiefs are still anywhere. Mahomes is decent but combining him with Hill was their trump card. Without Hill this year the magic is gonna be gone and they will be just another decent team. No more “The Next Dynasty” talk and no more “Baby GOAT” B.S. They’ll be lucky to make it anywhere.

scubog
scubog
5 days ago

I still remember the days when I was encouraged if a power ranking didn’t show the Bucs as “dead last”. And yet, in spite of our lofty (used to be lowly) status, we still have fans who seem intent on saying this talented team “sucks” and will quickly slide back into the league’s basement when TB really retires.

brasho
brasho
5 days ago

Well…there’s ZERO credibility right there. Logan Hall a space eating tackle? The dude is 283 lbs and was drafted to be an upfield 3-tech pass rusher. Sports Illustrated jumped the shark years and years ago… or maybe they proved to be a jack of all trades but master of none when I became a teenager and realized how horrible their magazine really was.