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NFL Power Rankings: Buccaneers continue to rise, Dolphins continue to fall

Tampa Bay's four-game winning streak has launched the Buccaneers into the playoff picture, and up in power rankings throughout the Internet.

Grant Halverson

As expected, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to climb in the latest NFL power rankings throughout the Internet. After a thrilling overtime win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 11, the Bucs are riding a four-game winning streak, and are positioned for a playoff run as the calendar slowly shifts toward December.

Life as a Miami Dolphins or Jacksonville Jaguars' fan, however, isn't so great. The Dolphins continue to fall, while the Jaguars continue to be ranked among the league's worst teams.

In ESPN's latest rankings, the Buccaneers jumped three spots, from No. 13 to No. 10. The Dolphins, skidding to a three-game losing streak following Thursday night's loss to the Buffalo Bills, dropped from No. 18 to No. 20, and the Jaguars remained at No. 31 – ranked only ahead of the lowly Kansas City Chiefs.

Over at CBS Sports, the Buccaneers jumped up one spot, from No. 13 to No. 12, while the Dolphins dropped nine spots from No. 17 to No. 26. Jacksonville remained at No. 32 – exactly the same as last week's rankings.

Here at SB Nation, the Bucs jumped up three spots to No. 11, while the Dolphins stayed at No. 21. Jacksonville's overtime showing against the Houston Texans was enough to move them up one spot, from No. 32 to No. 31.

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