2018 NFL Power Rankings: Brandin Cooks, Ndamukong Suh puts Rams on top

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26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Expectations were high for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers heading into last season when it comes to being one of the teams expected to make a serious leap to contenders before the pressure eventually became too much for them to handle. One of the main reasons why expectations were high for the Buccaneers was due to the fact they fell just shy of earning a trip to the playoffs the year before, but unfortunately the team would go on to win just five games.

Defense clearly was in need of improvement entering the offseason, and even though they still have a long way to go when it comes to the unit proving themselves, Tampa Bay has to feel somewhat happy over some of their additions. From acquiring Jason Pierre-Paul to signing Beau Allen, the defensive line is going to look completely different for the Buccaneers in 2018, and in a good way when seeing how they should have a much better chance of competing with the rest of their rivals.

As for the offensive side of the football, it’s up to Jameis Winston to take advantage of having a dynamic duo to work with in Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson since this plan didn’t turn out as expected last season. Also, Winston should benefit from another duo at tight end in Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard as well, so there really won’t be room for excuses for the fourth-year quarterback if he struggles again.