Pewter Power Rankings is a weekly feature compiled by PewterReport.com’s Fantasy Football Analyst Andrew Scavelli every Tuesday during the regular season. Each week Scavelli will rank the league’s teams from best to worst based on their performance and outlook going forward at that point of the season, with a focus on the Buccaneers.

CURRENT BUCCANEERS RANKING: 21

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Heading into week one of the regular season most national pundits put the Bucs in the 28-32 range of their power rankings and cite quarterback Jameis Winston’s three-game suspension as the big distraction that led to the team’s placement as a bottom of the barrel franchise. However, what I saw at training camp this summer does not reflect those same sentiments as I don’t believe the Bucs could have handled an adverse situation like that any better. Lack of focus is not an issue for this team as I’ve seen some Tampa Bay rosters struggle with in the past, and going into the season their mentality, desire to win, confidence and cohesiveness all appear to be at peak levels.

With the way the Bucs finished out the regular season last year and carried that same momentum with them into the preseason along with a massive talent overhaul in the trenches this offseason, I have no reason to believe that they are a bottom five NFL franchise. This Bucs team has enough talent on their roster to be able to be compete week in and week out, despite the tough schedule ahead of them on paper right now. I think Tampa Bay has real potential to finish .500 and be in the hunt for a Wild Card spot past November this year.

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About the Author: Andrew Scavelli

Andrew Scavelli is the Digital Content Director and Fantasy Football Analyst for PewterReport.com. Scavelli, a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, first started as an intern with Pewter Report in 2009 and has been following the game of football for most of his life. When he’s not adjusting his fantasy lineups, Scavelli can be found enjoying nature and pursuing his passion for health and wellness. Scavelli can be reached at: [email protected]
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Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
3 years ago

To me the three teams that are big wild cards are the following: 1. Cardinals – They had the talent on offense and defense to sneak into the playoffs. The Rams, 49ers and Seahawks all are competitive teams as well but they also have flaws. Obviously the Rams have the least flaws of that division. But the Cardinals are better suited to pull everything together it seems to me. 2. Colts – Their division will be competitive but none of their QB’s have the elite capability at this point like Luck. Under the guidance of Colts GM Ballard, the Colts… Read more »

trollslayer
trollslayer
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
3 years ago

i have to respectfully disagree here the 3 teams im watching who have a chance to rise this year are: 1)NY Jets– Sam Darnold is the real deal gonna be an exciting rookie to watch 2)Chicago bears- another young exciting QB to watch with a helluva 1-2 punch at RB with howard and cohen add to that they may now have one of the best front 7 in the league with khalil mack, leonard floyd, and rookie roquan smith this is a team on the rise 3)NY Giants- their offense looks downright scary on paper- revamped o-line with a star… Read more »

scubog
scubog
3 years ago

Football is like making whoopie, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish”. Today, the supposed “less than mighty” Buccaneers, are resting at the bottom of the NFL cesspool and not in any way considered “scum worthy” like the Eagles, Patriots, Steelers and a few others whose *&%$# doesn’t stink……right now. Not even good enough to be considered a “floater” residing somewhere in the middle. We’re just thought to be permanently stuck in the muck and destined to remain there until somehow “*&%# happens” and the Bucs miraculously Buc Ass “Bob” to the top.