Expectations are low for the Buffalo Bills next year.
As pointed out earlier Monday, the team has some long odds to become Super Bowl LII champions. Fans of the team would likely settle for a playoff spot, but experts aren't holding out much hope of that.
In ESPN's first power rankings of 2017 -- which were updated just minutes after the Patriots' Super Bowl victory Sunday night -- the Bills are ranked 26th. A panel of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities ranked all 32 teams, with the Patriots coming in No. 1 and the Cleveland Browns ranking 32nd.
Kevin Seifert, who wrote the article, explained why the Bills are ranked in the bottom fourth of the leauge.
"The Bills have moved on to their eighth coach since they last made a playoff appearance in 1999. Sean McDermott has a defensive background -- much like Rex Ryan, Dick Jauron, Gregg Williams and Wade Phillips before him -- but what the Bills really need to focus on is their offense," Seifert wrote. "Quarterback Tyrod Taylor has shown some promise, but the front-office decision to bench him in Week 17 suggests the team will commence yet another offseason search for a quarterback. The cycle continues in Buffalo."
Seifert goes on to mention that the addition of McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier givest he Bills a "foundation of a strong unit."
"If 2016 rookies Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland can get healthy, the defense could be an early strength," he writes. "The Bills' spot at No. 10 in the 2017 draft probably precludes the drafting of a quarterback who can help immediately, but it is high enough to gain immediate help in some fashion."