Port Adelaide’s impressive second quarter was enough to see them hand Richmond their third loss of the season, although Bartlett believes their second half was more indicative of their usual form.
“They kicked one goal after half time, it was a pretty ordinary effort,” Bartlett told the AFL Nation pre-game show on Saturday.
“The Tigers we know can play at a very high level, I’ve still got a question mark on Port Adelaide.
“Port Adelaide, if they didn’t beat the Tigers last night, they’d never beat them.
“I tipped them to finish top eight, but I’d be very surprised if they’re there on Grand Final day.”
However, Bartlett wasn’t his usual buoyant self when speaking about the Tigers, suggesting they’re starting to struggle with some injury and players out of form.
“It was a disappointing effort by the Tigers, they’re starting to have a few injured players and a few players unavailable and a few players out of form,” Bartlett added.
“Jack Graham and Jacob Townsend from the Grand Final side have been dropped, Dion Prestia, Bachar Houli, Dylan Astbury went down, Dustin Martin’s not there and they just struggled last night to get any flow in their game.
“They had a terrific run with injuries last year and all of a sudden they’ve got to find a little bit of depth and they were found wanting in the game.”
Richmond will face Geelong at the MCG next Sunday before enjoying their bye in Round 14.