Buffalo Bills: A chance to move up the power rankings in Week 12

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The Buffalo Bills had an extra week of preparation and should enter Sunday’s game with plenty of confidence following a big win.

It is a great week to be a football fan. Add in the Thanksgiving festivities and it’s an all out celebration.

The week started with one of the best games in NFL history and there are three games on Thursday. Then comes Sunday, when the Buffalo Bills are back in action after a week off.

Josh Allen is back in as the starter and the Bills essentially get a fresh start with six games remaining. It is amazing how optimism can begin to creep back in when Nathan Peterman and Derek Anderson aren’t fighting for a starting job.

Just out of curiosity I checked in on some power rankings ahead of Sunday’s game. ESPN.com has the Bills down at No. 28 overall, while NFL.com has the team in the same spot.

These rankings aren’t all that surprising considering the way the season has gone. But I do expect a small rise due to Allen’s return and an easy upcoming schedule. A Bills win on Sunday would certainly lead to some fascinating postgame comments from Jalen Ramsey. It may break him.

Along with the motivation of avenging last year’s playoff loss, the Bills are still technically in the playoff hunt. That small sliver of hope should help the team realize that they aren’t just playing for draft position. At least not yet.

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The season has not gone as expected, but stability appears to be on the way. And the release of Peterman at least gives Bills fans comfort knowing that he won’t take the field again if something goes wrong with Allen.