ESPN released it’s weekly Power Rankings of all 32 NFL teams on Tuesday morning and despite their loss at home to the New England Patriots the Bills have actually moved up a spot to #29.
According to ESPN’s rankings, the Bills are only better than the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland raiders, and Cleveland Browns heading into Week 2 of the season.
Considering the overly harsh preseason ranking of 30th, I actually would have expected a slightly higher bump considering the Patriots needed a last second field goal to beat the Bills, who were able to hold Tom Brady to a rather pedestrian 23 points on Sunday.
The two teams directly ahead of the Bills are the New York Jets at No. 27 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 28. Neither of these teams looked particularly inspiring in a tight Week 1 contest. Even though they won, I just can’t see the Jets as a superior team to the Bills.
Luckily for the Bills, they will have the opportunity to show the Power Rankers that not only is E.J. Manuel a better rookie QB than Geno Smith, but that the rest of the Bills offense, and defense for that matter are better than the Jets, when they head to the Meadowlands in Week 3. I think it’s plain that the Bills are a better team than the Jets and am already looking forward to that matchup.
The Bills can’t be looking ahead to that divisional matchup however as they need to focus their attention on beating their opponent on Sunday, the 24th ranked Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are a team that the Bills should beat at home, so if they do lose to the Panthers at the Ralph I’ll probably have to agree with any ranking they get.
That all being said, these rankings are completely meaningless, the only thing that really matters is putting W’s on the board, if the Bills do that, people will have to take notice whether they like it or not.