Stock Watch: Buccaneers Latest Blowout Puts Exclamation Point on Rise Up the Stats

Cameron Smith

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Welcome to the Quality Stats Stock Watch, where we track the biggest rises and falls in the leading Quality Stats, then attempt to explain why those shifts are happening.

First up? The Power Rankings, which even out all the Quality Stats to determine which team seems strongest thus far in the season. And at this point, we're starting to see some consolidation atop the rankings.

POWER RANKINGS

Biggest rise: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers (both up 6)

The skinny: Wow. So, even very good teams can make a significant leap late in the season if they pull off a big enough win. Clearly Green Bay's win was more impressive because of the opponent, but you blow out a team, you blow out a team.

Biggest drop: Tennessee Titans (down 6)

The skinny: The flipside of that huge rise from the Packers. Tennessee is a very good team, Sunday night just wasn't their night.

INTELLIGENCE INDEX

Biggest rise: Cincinnati Bengals (up 5)

The skinny: The Bengals have won back-to-back games with a back-up quarterback, and this win against the Texans was particularly impressive. Will it carry over to 2021? Who knows, but it's been fun to watch for the past couple weeks.

Biggest drop: Philadelphia Eagles (down 4)

The skinny: The Jalen Hurts experiment isn't over yet, but it took a hit in Dallas. The Cowboys defense made Hurts look a bit more like a rookie QB, and he'll need to continue to grow if he's the man moving forward.

REAL QUARTERBACK RATING DIFFERENTIAL

Biggest rise: Buccaneers (up 6)

The skinny: Did we mention that Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes in Tampa's win? He did, and he's looked more and more like the 2018 or earlier version of himself in recent weeks. That's a heck of a good sign for Bucs fans.

Biggest drop: Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, Titans, Houston Texans, New England Patriots (all down 3)

The skinny: What do all five of these teams have in common? They all lost over the weekend, and gave up plenty of points to opposing offenses.

PASSER RATING DIFFERENTIAL

Biggest rise: Buccaneers (up 7)

The skinny: More Tom Brady, more accolades for the Bucs this week.

Biggest drop: Cleveland Browns (down 5)

The skinny: This feels a bit unfair considering that Baker Mayfield didn't have any of his traditional receivers lining up, but still, just staying in the game against the woeful Jets was tough for Cleveland, and that says everything you need to know.

RUSHER RATING DIFFERENTIAL

Biggest rise: Chicago Bears (up 5)

The skinny: If the Bears somehow navigate their way to the playoffs, it won't be because of the two-headed QB struggle between Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles. It'll be because Chicago's rushing game woke up when it needed to and ressurected the offense.

Biggest drop: Minnesota Vikings (down 7)

The skinny: What happens when you give up six rushing touchdowns to Alvin Kamara? You plummet in the Rusher Rating Differential standings! Just ask the Vikings, because they felt that impact straight to the facemask Saturday night.