Bucs Rank High In SI’s New NFL Power Rankings

Sports activities Illustrated’s Connor Orr has up to date his MMQB Energy Rankings after the 2022 NFL Draft. Predictably, the Bucs rank excessive on the listing because of Tom Brady’s unretirement in March.

Simply how excessive?

The Bucs rank second within the MMQB Energy Rankings behind the Chiefs. The 2 groups are scheduled to play this yr in Tampa Bay.

The final time Brady and the Bucs squared off towards Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs was in Tremendous Bowl LV on the finish of the 2020 season. Tampa Bay prevailed at Raymond James Stadium, 31-9, as Todd Bowles’ protection stole the present. Mahomes was harassed all through the sport, sacked 3 times and threw a pair of interceptions.

Now Bowles takes over as the top coach. Orr likes Tampa Bay’s probabilities of a Tremendous Bowl rematch towards Kansas Metropolis.

Right here’s what Orr needed to say:

“Whereas the endgame of Tom Brady’s Wendy Byrde–like multilevel scheme to take management of the Dolphins and act as each the crew’s chief monetary officer and beginning quarterback has but to materialize, the Buccaneers stay among the finest and most full groups within the NFL—one that might simply use its draw as a veteran-led roster to efficiently mine the rest of free company (as cohost Gary Gramling and I did on the newest MMQB pod). Todd Bowles is a wonderful coach with a more healthy protection. The Buccaneers are coming off a draft by which they nabbed a high-upside, space-eating sort out (Logan Corridor) to pair with Vita Vea and a possible franchise operating again in Rachaad White.”