ESPN released it’s weekly Power Rankings of all 32 NFL teams on Tuesday evening and with their dramatic win at home at the expense of the Carolina Panthers, the Bills are moving on up all the way to #26.
ESPN’s rankings have the Bills ahead of the Panthers, Jets, Raiders, Bucs, Browns, and Jaguars, which after watching these teams play on Sunday I definitely agree with. Despite actually having won a game (plus barely losing to New England) the Bills remain behind four teams that are 0-2 to start the season, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, whom have looked like an absolute mess early in the season, and are seemingly ranked based on their franchise history and not actually talent/performance.
The Bills head to the Meadowlands for Week 3 where they will faced the 28th ranked NY Jets, providing them little opportunity to prove their worthiness to move up the rankings substantially.
If the Bills hope to receive the respect they deserve from observers around the NFL they will need their defense to continue to play at the level it displayed on Sunday against the Panthers. The ferocious pass rush gave Cam Newton fits, and anything close to that much pressure on Jets rookie Geno Smith should provide favourable results for Buffalo.
The Bills will need improved play from QB EJ Manuel, who struggled at times with his accuracy on Sunday, but did show great poise a went 6-for-8 for 51 yards including the game winning touchdown to Stevie Johnson on the Bills final drive.
What do you think of the Bills ranking, did they deserve better?