2018 NFL Power Rankings: Philadelphia Eagles begin preseason on top

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28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

As if the pressure wasn’t already high enough for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team will be forced to adjust to playing without their beloved quarterback Jameis Winston for the first three games of 2018 as a result of the suspension. While the Buccaneers may feel confident enough that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be able to help the team get by in the mean time, it’s still not going to be the same with the veteran under center.

Even if Tampa Bay’s offense is loaded with receivers like Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, there’s a reason why Fitzpatrick is no longer a starter in the NFL. Not to mention, Winston’s suspension takes place at a difficult time since those first three games for the Buccaneers are all against playoff teams, meaning there’s a chance they could be starting off 0-3 before the quarterback’s return in Week 4.

Then again, in order to be the best, teams have to challenge the best, and this will be a good test to see how Tampa Bay can adjust to competing without Winston in the lineup. If not, well let’s just say the Buccaneers could be heading towards another disappointing season that will most likely result in numerous changes across the board.