2017 NFL Power Rankings Week 2: Rams make major jump after crushing Colts

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12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12)

Thanks to a successful offseason in which they landed new playmakers on offense in DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard, expectations for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hit a whole new level when it comes to being serious contenders in the NFC. And after falling just shy in earning a spot for the playoffs a year ago, the Buccaneers seem determined to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

Jameis Winston was already fortunate enough to have one of the league’s most reliable targets in Mike Evans due to the wideout’s size and strength, but the addition of Jackson should make a huge difference. Despite all of his success from the last two seasons, the one thing Winston has been missing the most on offense is a dangerous deep threat to count in, which is where Jackson comes into play.

Between Evans and Jackson, Winston finds himself in position to have a field day on offense whenever the Buccaneers step foot onto the field, beginning with Week 2 against the Chicago Bears. And who knows, maybe the former No. 1 pick will play well enough to eventually find his name in consideration for the MVP award, but let’s not jump that far ahead just yet with Winston.