It seems every fan and media member is making so much of that one game against the Cincinnati Bengals and I know it was terrible, but it was one game and so many outside factors that affected the team. I still don't understand why people aren't talking more about all the events that transpired for the team in 2022.
PFF ranked the Bills fifth in the league in their power rankings, with the top four being the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and Bengals, in that order. I'm ok with the top four but Buffalo should be ahead of the Bengals. They lost both of their starting safeties and their secondary is inferior compared to the Bills. Here is what PFF said about the Bengals.
"After losing two starting safeties in Jessie Bates III and Vonn Bell this offseason, the Bengals were always going to draft at least one. They settled on Alabama's Jordan Battle, who earned 80.0-plus PFF grades in each of the past three seasons. They also drafted a solid cornerback in DJ Turner, who allowed a catch on just 46.5% of the passes thrown into his coverage and forced 14 incompletions in 2022."- Pro Football Focus
The funny thing is that PFF had the Bills ranked at number four before the draft, one spot ahead of the Bengals. Seems naive to move the Bengals up a spot based on a couple of rookies. Now let's see what they had to say about the Bills.
"The loss of Tremaine Edmunds is significant for the Bills' defense, but they were able to retain safety Jordan Poyer and linebacker Matt Milano to maintain some stability. They also boosted their offensive line by signing tackle Connor McGovern, but their other free agency moves have been fairly lackluster.- Pro Football Focus
Edmunds‘ departure in free agency was slightly offset by Buffalo drafting Dorian Williams, who produced a top-10 coverage grade among FBS off-ball linebackers in two of his last three seasons at Tulane."
Apparently, PFF feels the Bengals two secondary players they drafted are enough but they fail to take into consideration any other signings or draft picks. For example, they mention the Bills signing McGovern but nothing about drafting O'Cyrus Torrence or Dalton Kincaid. Then their comment about other free agent moves being lackluster, I guess Leonard Floyd and Taylor Rapp are nobodies.
They also failed to mention the return of Micah Hyde, Von Miller, DaQuan Jones, a healthy Jordan Poyer, and a 100 percent Tre'Davious White. This team improved in so many positions via free-agent signings and simply getting healthy, which they were not at the end of the season. Oh and Josh Allen's elbow will be fully healthy now too.