Bills Surge in Latest ESPN NFL Power Rankings

Devon Platana
The Buffalo Bills are surging in the latest ESPN NFL Power Rankings ahead of Week 13.
The Buffalo Bills are surging in the latest ESPN NFL Power Rankings ahead of Week 13. / Chris Graythen/GettyImages

The Buffalo Bills had a big-time feast for Thanksgiving, defeating the New Orleans Saints, 31-6, last Thursday. While Buffalo has been streaky as of late, its latest victory has the team surging in ESPN's latest NFL Power Rankings.

The Bills sit at No. 7 in this week's power rankings — five spots better than the No. 12 spot they were ranked last week. That's more fitting for a team that's tied for the fourth-best odds (+800) to win Super Bowl 56, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Bills Power Ranking

One thing that Bills fans may take issue with is the fact that their team is the fourth-highest ranked AFC team, trailing the Baltimore Ravens (No. 4), New England Patriots (No. 5) and Kansas City Chiefs (No. 6).

Despite the Bills ranking, they've been inconsistent over the last month or so. After beginning the year 4-1, Buffalo is 3-3 since then and hasn't won consecutive games since the beginning of October.

One way to improve the Bills' ranking is if Josh Allen starts playing smarter with the ball. While he has 25 passing touchdowns and has thrown for over 3,000 yards, he has nine turnovers (seven interceptions, two fumbles) in his last four games alone.

Fortunately, the Bills defense (16.5 PPG, 2nd) has been pretty solid as of late aside from letting the Colts score 45 points on them. They've held opponents to 17 or fewer points in four of their last five games.

The Bills will be put to the test in the coming weeks. Two of their next four games are against the AFC East-leading Patriots and another is against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Depending on how those games go, fans will have a better idea if Buffalo is a contender or pretender.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.