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 record attributable to 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 12 months in Tampa Bay.

The final time Brady and the Bucs squared off in opposition to 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 pinnacle coach. Orr likes Tampa Bay’s probabilities of a Tremendous Bowl rematch in opposition to 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 staff’s chief monetary officer and beginning quarterback has but to materialize, the Buccaneers stay the most effective and most full groups within the NFL—one that would 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 wherein they nabbed a high-upside, space-eating deal with (Logan Corridor) to pair with Vita Vea and a possible franchise operating again in Rachaad White.”

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