Did Buffalo's Week 1 Win Help the Bills Get Any Respect From ESPN?

This summer, we covered in fairly great detail that no one at ESPN thinks much of the Bills. Here’s just a few ways the “Worldwide Leader” were leading the way in Bills hate this preseason:

– “Scouts” Inc. released an absolutely embarrassing set of positional rankings that included ranking Ryan Fitzpatrick as the 32nd-best QB in the league (32nd!), and Fred Jackson as just the 30th-best RB in the NFL. I can’t talk about this again or I’ll get very upset.

– The Bills were ranked 31st (out of 32) in ESPN’s preseason Power Poll.

Every single ESPN expert picked the Bills to finish last in the AFC East in ESPN.com’s preseason preview.

So did Buffalo’s 41-7 dismantling of Kansas City help change any minds at ESPN?

Sort of.

The Bills did rise a bit in this week’s NFL Power Poll…but just to 27th. And that’s despite beating a 2010 division winner on the road by 34 points without trying to score for the last 13 minutes of the game. Oh, and Kansas City was ranked 21st. Six spots ahead of a team it lost to by 34 points at home. Huh?

I realize it’s just one game, but seriously?

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick did a bit better in the respect department. ESPN unveiled a new stat this year called Total Quarterback Rating, or QBR for short.  Basically, the stat uses video footage and a lot of math to measure everything a quarterback does. And through one week, your NFL QBR leader is none other than Fitz, who recorded a QBR of 91.2. (For reference, a QBR of over 70 for a season is outstanding.) Yes, that’s even higher than Aaron Rogers or Tom Brady this week.

There’s no way Fitz keeps up a 90+ QBR for a whole season, but for right now he’s gotta be feeling pretty good about himself.



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