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: 20 (-)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers could have went in two very different directions in this week’s Pewter Power Rankings, but instead of sliding down this list the team will remain in their spot at 20 because of the quarterback decision made on Monday. As Jameis Winston was not getting the job done, Tampa Bay turned back to Ryan Fitzpatrick and showed they are serious about making a playoff push before the gap widens even more. There’s no question that Fitzpatrick gives the Bucs the best chance to win right now based on half a season of tape from the team’s QBs, and they will need to do so for the current regime to survive.
NFL teams must constantly adapt throughout the season to give themselves the best chance for success and after Tampa Bay corrected one of their biggest issues on defense a couple weeks ago with a change at coordinator, they will now attempt to fix the turnover issue on offense. This team still has the best offense in the league statistically, but their -13 turnover margin is tied for last with the San Francisco 49ers. The fact that the Bucs turned the ball over at this rate and still had a chance to win games at the end just shows how much they have been underachieving. Now that Tampa Bay will finally be running their best combination on both sides of the ball in a Mark Duffner defense and an offense led by Fitzpatrick, I believe we will truly see the kind of potential this team has to offer in the coming weeks and they will need to maximize it to have a chance in Carolina on Sunday.