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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 15 roundup for the Bucs in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 1

The Bucs' averages of 31.54 points and 410.15 yards per game are the best in the NFL, so their top ranking is warranted, while their defense -- decimated by injuries through much of the season -- is starting to get healthy at the right time. They're still giving up 22.85 points per game, which is 19th in the league, but it's on par with where they were at this time last year (22.6 through Week 14 in 2020). Their rating isn't great in special teams. Their 81% field goal rate is only 20th in the league, and opponent kick return yardage is 27.54 yards -- third worst in the NFL -- but they've done well in punt coverage, ranking ninth. These numbers are fair. -- Jenna Laine

NFL.com -- Rank: 2

Tom Brady owns the Bills. Always has, always will ... but things got dicey on Sunday. The Bucs built a 24-3 halftime lead before a second-half collapse that necessitated a red-zone stand just to get to overtime. After the Tampa Bay defense finally managed to stop a rampaging Josh Allen in overtime, Brady handled the rest. The 700th touchdown pass of his career was a perfectly placed spiral to a wide-open Breshad Perriman, who motored untouched into the end zone for the 58-yard game-winner. Brady is now 107-1 in games in which his team leads by 21 or more at any point, and the Bucs remain just a step behind the Packers in the race for the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

They made it interesting against Buffalo, but they found a way in overtime. The defense still has a way to go to be back to the Super level of last season.

USA Today -- Rank: 2

By scoring one more TD, Tom Brady, 44, will break Hall of Famer Jerry Rice's record for most (10) by a player in his forties. With four more TD passes, Brady will post 40 in successive seasons for the first time in his career. With three more wins, TB12 will lead Tampa Bay to its first 13-win regular season, something he helped New England do seven times.

The Athletic -- Rank: 2

Worst-case scenario: Father Time hitches a ride with Santa Claus and arrives for Tom Brady by the end of the year, and the 44-year-old quarterback finally starts looking and playing his age. Ah, who are we kidding? Parents, don't read this part out loud: At least for Brady, Father Time is as imaginary as Santa Claus.

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