The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a chance to make a move in the NFL South last week. Instead, they had a narrow 24-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, leaving them at 6-5. That's a close loss to a really good team, and only knocked Tampa Bay down a single spot to No. 12. However, as Joel Thorman notes in this week's SB Nation NFL power rankings, its going to be tough sledding ahead for a team that needs a good finish to contend for a playoff berth:
After winning four in a row, the Bucs finally go down. How's this for a murderer's row in three of their final five games: at Denver, at New Orleans, at Atlanta. Those are separated by games against the Eagles and Rams but still, that's a hell of a lineup when you need to go 4-1 down the stretch.
As for other teams in the Sunshine State, the Miami Dolphins took a narrow decision over the Seahawks, 24-21, on Sunday. It was a good win, as the Dolphin defense crushed Seattle's run game, but it's the offense that has Thorman concerned about Miami as they move up a spot to No. 20:
You gotta feel bad for those AFC East teams who know they can't compete with the Patriots' 37 points per game.
Finally, the Jacksonville Jaguars broke a seven-game losing streak, beating the Tennessee Titans 24-19 for their first win since Week 3. Thorman moves them up a spot to No. 30, but jokes that any improvement could be a curse in disguise for Jags fans:
Chad Henne will play well enough that the Jaguars won't draft a quarterback. And then the cycle will start all over again.
All three teams are back in action this week. Jacksonville travels to the Buffalo Bills, Miami hosts New England, and Tampa Bay will fly west to Denver.