The 2017 NFL season has officially come to an end and the media outlets have released one final list of power rankings heading into the 2018 season. Although the Bills broke their 17-year playoff drought, they plummeted in the eyes of the national media.
Not a lot of websites come out with end of the year power rankings, so we pulled together all the ones we could find and put them all here for you.
In Elliott Harrison’s NFL.com Power Rankings, he dropped the Bills out of the top half of the league all the way down to 19. Harrison writes that the many question marks surrounding the team (quarterback, center, Shady’s age etc.) are cause for concern. One thing the Bills have going for them that hasn’t been he case in years past is high draft capital and adequate cap space heading into the new league year.
One place that has the Bills even lower is ESPN. Their panel of writers has Buffalo as the 21st-best team in the NFL heading into 2018. ESPN’s logic behind the ranking is that there’s no telling what the regime will do. Given what they did last season, the writers are confident there should be more unexpected moves on the way out of Orchard Park this offseason.
The Sporting News has Buffalo coming in even further down at 22nd. The come in so low primarily because of the question at the quarterback position.