The Buffalo Bills put up an absolutely abysmal performance in their loss to the New York Jets last week under the bright lights of Thursday Night Football, and subsequently took a tumble in every national outlet’s power rankings.
Following the loss, Buffalo (5-3) is one-game back from sitting in a tie atop the AFC East, and if the season ended today, they would be the sixth seed in the conference.
Here’s where the Bills stand in the national power rankings heading into their Week 10 game versus the New Orleans Saints.
Bleacher Report has the Bills ranked 12th. Chris Simms wrote that he felt like the Bills didn’t play like themselves against the Jets, and that he still believes in the team because he like "how Sean McDermott has the team playing on both sides of the ball."
USA Today dropped the Bills to down to 13th, citing Buffalo’s unimpressive 1-3 record in away games this season.
Yahoo Sports’ Shutdown Corner has the Buffalo at 14th. Frank Schwab isn’t knocking the Bills as hard as some people are for their loss to the Jets. But on the other hand, he’s only crediting them because of the mediocre play in the AFC - “It’s not like there are a ton of scary wild-card contenders in the AFC.”
Sports Illustrated at the Bills at 14 as well. Among their writers, Buffalo didn’t earn a vote higher than 10th, and received a couple of votes for 19th.
ESPN has the Bills at 15th. It is one those outlets that doesn’t have much respect for Buffalo falling to the Jets. ESPN also chose shine a light in this week’s rankings on the Bills many woes since their playoff appearance in 2000.