Bleacher Report: Are the Buffalo Bills still Super Bowl contenders?
Current Week’s Ranking: 7
Last Week’s Ranking: 6
Similar to the prior power rankings mentioned, Bleacher Report had the Bills falling only one spot from six to seven. However, they do ask the biggest question currently for fans which is whether or not the Buffalo Bills should still be contenders:
"It’s getting harder and harder to figure out if the Buffalo Bills are a Super Bowl contender or not. Granted, part of the blame for Monday’s loss to the rival Patriots can be blamed on ridiculous weather conditions. But the Bills bear their share as well. Despite knowing full well it was coming, the Bills had no answer for New England’s run game. Twice in the fourth quarter of a four-point game, Buffalo traveled into the red zone and came away empty."
One of the biggest takeaways coming out of this game was seemingly how ill-prepared this Buffalo Bills team was. They had essentially a mini-bye after playing on Thanksgiving and had a few extra days to prepare for the Patriots and the weather should not have surprised anyone.
In fact, it should have helped their game plan because the Bills knew the Patriots were unlikely to throw and lean on the run. The question is was this a matter of lack of planning or execution on the player’s part? Either way, it is concerning and something that has to be fixed if the Bills hope to remain in the playoff hunt.