The Bills are fresh off watching the Buccaneers win Super Bowl LV over the Chiefs on Sunday, but that evidently does not mean much in terms of power rankings, according to ESPN.
The worldwide leader recently took their swing on a traditional “way too early” offseason power rankings for the 2021 NFL season. In it, the Bills finish higher than they did in the 2020 season.
Overall, ESPN slots the Bills at No. 2 in the poll. Here’s why:
They were perhaps the three words uttered most often by Bills players and staff following a loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Buffalo is equipped to make another run in the AFC but will require some tweaks to do so. The Bills will need to hit in this year’s draft as they do gymnastics with a diminishing salary cap. But with so many core players either on rookie deals or already locked in, they are built to make another run to the AFC title game.
With their second-place finish, the Bills are only edged out by another surprising team: the Chiefs, not the Bucs, who just topped them for a title. But considering injuries, the Chiefs, at full health, might actually be a better side than the champs.
Speaking of the Buccaneers, they don’t even land in third. The Packers do, as the Bucs come in at No. 4.
Maybe they’re trying to give Tom Brady some early motivation for a title defense in 2021.
In terms of the AFC East, the next-closest rival is the Dolphins at No. 12. The rest of the division is a far cry from the Bills, as the Patriots land at 20 and the Jets round out the group at No. 29.
It might not even be something we need to note, but the Bills do have a long ways to go to hang onto this No. 2 ranking. There is still free agency and the 2021 NFL draft to consider, which will undoubtedly change such polls.
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