20. Tampa Bay Bucs
Record: 1 - 2
Last Week's Rank: 19
Last Week's Results: L @ Cowboys, 10-16
This Week: vs. Redskins, 4:25 Sunday
The story coming out of Tampa Bay is that yet again coach Schiano told his guys to bull rush the QB when a kneel was called. Should it be the story? We guess...? The Bucs are a hard team to read. They're defense looked pretty good and held a loaded Dallas team to 16, but they're offense was average at best and wasn't really able to get the run or pass game going. If anything, the storyline should probably be that they had a third straight close game and second consecutive close loss.
It's good that they can keep it close with different types of teams, but if they want to have any shot at making the playoffs they're going to have to get Josh Freeman and the boys to close. Next week they meet up with the RGIII-led Redskins who have shown the ability to put points on the board. It'll be a big game for both squads but if they can pressure the rookie like the Bengals did this past weekend, they definitely have a shot. —Elias Ahmed