Preseason rankings can end up meaning a whole lot of nothing, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano will hope that holds true this year.
The Buccaneers are ranked 26th in The Associated Press' first power rankings for the 2012-13 season, which were announced Tuesday morning.
The rankings, called the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings, are the first of its kind from the AP and will mirror the same idea as the weekly AP polls in college football and basketball.
The Bucs, who went 4-12 last season, rank only above the Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts.
The Green Bay Packers begin the season ranked No. 1, with the New England Patriots, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens rounding out the top 5.
The rankings are voted on by a panel of experts, which includes Tampa Tribune writer Ira Kaufman.
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