The Buffalo Bills won't have any problem playing the "nobody believed in us" card in 2017.
A sampling of offseason power rankings shows little is expected of the team in 2017. ESPN debuted its rankings Monday, with the Bills coming in at No. 26.
"Sean McDermott has consolidated power in a very short time. And he came out of the first two rounds with a new cornerback, a new wide receiver and one of the draft's top guards. Buffalo likes both of its lines, and if quarterback Tyrod Taylor is reliable, the Bills could surprise," author Dan Graziano writes. "One of these years, they'll surprise. Right?"
USA Today had the Bills at spot lower, at No. 27 in the 32-team league.
"GM Doug Whaley's firing marks the completion of the transition to the Sean McDermott era," the explanation reads. "QB Tyrod Taylor and WR Sammy Watkins both enter a year that could define their future in Buffalo.
CBS Sports' Pete Prisco also has the Bills 26th, explaining "new coach Sean McDermott is clearly running things with general manager Doug Whaley out. They had a solid draft, but they are the third team in the division."
Ready for some good news? The Bills were looked at more favorably by Sports Illustrated, coming in at No. 19 in that publication's rankings.
"The Bills may very well be a mess, but with a strong draft in the books, Tyrod Taylor under center and new coach Sean McDermott calling the shots—both on the field and up and down the roster, at least until the team finds a replacement for ex-GM Doug Whaley—they could easily be a 9–7, playoff-contending mess," author Eric Single writes. "There are wins to be had on that schedule before December, when Buffalo crams in two games each against the Patriots and Dolphins.