The Buffalo Bills are now 3-1 after a 23-17 road victory against the Atlanta Falcons. Most of the national power rankers are beginning to take note with big jumps this week, and a few even have the Bills ahead of their perennial torture masters, the New England Patriots. One notable outlet, however, didn’t feel the need to move them at all.
Let’s take a look:
USA Today vaulted the Bills from 14 all the way up to 3 (The Patriots are at 12)
"All chicken, no buffalo sauce. AFC East leaders allowing less than two touchdowns per week, while their plus-6 turnover ratio paces conference."
NFL.com has the Bills at 7, also up from 15 last week (The Patriots are at 12)
"Surprised? Don't be. Not when the Bills' defense allows all of 54 points in four games. That's fewer than 14 points per -- and yes, tops in the NFL."
CBS Sports has the Bills at 8, up from 15 last week (The Patriots are at 9)
“This team is in first place in the AFC East and impressed winning at Atlanta. Sean McDermott has done a nice job.”
Bleacher Report moved the Bills up to 10 from 15
"This isn't a team with a lot of superstars on defense, but it forces teams to play mistake-free football. When they don't, they pay."
SI.com moved the Bills up to 14 from 22
"Maybe they won’t score enough points to get to 10 wins, but it looks like Sean McDermott's team is going to hang around every week."
Yahoo Sports moved the Bills up to 15 from 21
"Who would you pick as coach of the year after four games: Sean McVay or Sean McDermott? Tough call. Both have done remarkable jobs so far."
ESPN.com didn't move the Bills from last week, keeping them at 15
"One. That's how many pass touchdowns the Bills have allowed through four games this season. It's no wonder Buffalo has allowed the fewest points per game this season and currently owns sole possession of first place in the AFC East."