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2022 NFL Power Rankings: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 18 roundup for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 17

Regular season in five words or fewer: Roller-coaster ride

Tom Brady and the Bucs' offense offense spent nearly the entire season looking like a shell of themselves before exploding for 30 points against the Panthers in Week 17 and clinching a playoff spot. The defense spent much of the season looking like a top 10 unit -- holding five opponents to 15 points or less -- but gave up 41 points to the Chiefs, 35 to the 49ers and 34 to the Bengals. There's been nothing about the Bucs that's been consistent all season, but after Week 17, they might have started to figure it out.

NFL.com -- Rank: 15

At long last, Tom Brady and Mike Evans are back in business. After months of misfires and near misses, the two stars were locked in when it mattered most, connecting on three long touchdowns in a 30-24 win over the Panthers that clinched a second straight NFC South title for Tampa Bay. Evans couldn't be covered by the Carolina secondary, finishing with 207 yards on the day and going over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the ninth consecutive season. Brady and his alpha wideout are back in sync, making the Bucs a more compelling playoff entrant. "We've battled through a lot of tough things this year," Brady said. "Happy to win the division. It's always tough to do it. NFL games are tough to win, and we always figure out a way to keep them somehow exciting. I wish they wouldn't be as exciting as we made them."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

They rallied to beat the Panthers to get into the playoffs. Tom Brady looked like the player we expected to see all year in that game. Mike Evans was outstanding.

USA Today -- Rank: 16

Not a huge surprise they finally limped across the finish line to an NFC South championship. But the fact QB Tom Brady and WR Mike Evans finally rediscovered their mojo is a warning sign to whichever wild-card team -- Dallas or Philadelphia -- goes to Tampa.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 18

At some point we will take a step back and realize that a 45-year-old quarterback had 432 yards and three touchdowns in a division-clinching game is one of the unique accomplishments in sports history. A reminder that before Tom Brady, the entire combined history of 45-year-old QBs in the NFL was 116 yards and two touchdowns.

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