In this week's NFL power rankings, all four of the sites we follow have moved up the Buffalo Bills from the 20s. The highest they have reached is 15, which is where three of the sites currently have them ranked. The other keeps them in the 20s. One more tough battle against Atlanta and the Bills could get out of that category and maybe into the top 10.
ESPN moved the Bills up 13 spots from their Week 3 rankings. They now sit at 15th in the NFL and is good for the biggest change in ESPN’s week-to-week rankings.
In Elliot Harrison's NFL.com rankings, the Bills made an identical move. Harrison had the Bills ranked 26th last week and has bumped them up 11 spots to 15th. Harrison thinks that the noise about playing for the future has been silenced for now.
“While not many people circled Broncos-Bills as a must-watch contest, or thought, Sure, Buffalo might lose, but the Bills will play Denver tough, Sunday's matchup at Ralph Wilson was perhaps the least-talked about upset of Week 3,” writers Harrison. “Despite missing a couple of key players, the Bills controlled the engagement all second half. Forcing two Trevor Siemian turnovers and riding an effective Tyrod Taylor performance (20 of 26 passing for 213 yards, two scores and a passer rating of 126.0), all of a sudden, the play-for-next-year fiction has been turned on its ear. Sean McDermott's defense, which has allowed 37 points in three games, has turned into viable-this-year nonfiction. Next up: at Falcons. Oh boy.”
Monday Morning Quarterback kept the Bills low on their list. This week, 14 of their writers voted on where to rank teams. For the Bills, an impressive win against a top defense in the NFL is only good to move up four spots. Moving up from their week 3 26th spot, the Bills now sit at 22nd. However, 2 of their writers voted for the Bills to crack the top 20 as the 17th-best team.
In their “Hope Rankings”, SBNation moved the Bills up six spots from 21 to 15, which seems low if the rankings are based off of hope. The Bills are 2-1 and leading the division after Week 3.
If the Bills do pull off the upset next week, the majority of these sites will have the Bills in the top 10. The Falcons may be the best team in the NFL, but there is always going to be a puncher’s chance, no matter who plays on any given Sunday.