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Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Have at it: Bucs best team in NFC?

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

The NFL meeting is over and it's time to get back to normal. Time to focus back on the NFC South and a question that was floated at me a few times (by readers and even my boss) yesterday.

Could the Bucs -- and we're talking only about right now -- be the best team in the NFC?

Crazy as that may seem to some of you, that may not be that far-fetched. I know, I kind of laughed when I first heard it. But give it a little thought -- and, remember, we're talking about right now.

Our Power Rankings this week placed the Bucs at No. 7, behind the Giants (they're No. 2, despite getting beat by Cleveland), No. 5 Washington and No. 6 Dallas. All three of those NFC East teams are coming off a loss. The Bucs are coming off a win and they've got games against Seattle and Dallas, minus Tony Romo, coming up.

If this were a college poll, I think you could make a case that Tampa Bay should have been placed ahead of the Giants, Redskins and Cowboys this week. I don't think the Bucs are the best team in the NFC in the grand scheme of things, but I think -- right now -- they should be ranked ahead of the Giants, Redskins and Cowboys this week.

Think about it. Those three lost to the Browns, Rams and Cardinals, respectively. Heck, you could even make a case for the red-hot Falcons to be ranked in the top five.

What do you think? Have at it below.