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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 24 Buccaneers

By Pat Yasinskas

A weekly examination of the Buccaneers' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 19 | Last week: 24 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost 33-14 to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, but they didn’t lose any ground in the weekly Power Rankings.

They stayed put at No. 24 for the second straight week. I think the ranking is pretty fair. It puts the Bucs one spot ahead of the Bills, a team Tampa Bay recently beat.

But I do think the Bucs have a chance to crack the top 20 if they can win their final two games. I think they’re as good as the Vikings, Jets and Titans, who rank immediately in front of them.

The Bucs have a chance to help their stock this weekend when they play the St. Louis Rams, who are at No. 20.