ESPN’s way-too-early 2018 Power Rankings doesn’t have much Process in it

By: Nick Wojton

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The 2017 NFL season ended less than two days ago.

So the world-wide leader decided to drop their national power rankings for the 2018 NFL season on Monday.

ESPN’s headline even admitted it, calling it the “way-too-early” 2018 rankings. Even so, someone will need to ship a gallon of Sean McDermott’s Process over to ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn.

In its first 2018 NFL rankings, the Buffalo Bills sit at No. 20.

Here’s why, per ESPN: The Bills spent most of last offseason shedding key pieces from their roster, so it will be interesting to see what they do this offseason after ending their playoff drought. The biggest question mark is Tyrod Taylor, who despite having a winning record and the 13th-best Total QBR over the past three seasons (right behind Russell Wilson), could find himself out of a job.

The Bills are sandwiched between the Detroit Lions at No. 19, who’ve only had a head coach in Matt Patricia for a day (hired on Monday following Super Bowl LII) and the Washington Redskins, who’ve all but shipped out their three-time, 4,000-plus yard quarterback in Kirk Cousins after trading for now-ex-Kansas City QB Alex Smith.

But, it could be worse. The Cleveland Browns were ranked last.

Some things just never change. No, seriously.

Despite their Super Bowl LII loss, the New England Patriots have emerged as ESPN’s top-team. The defending champion Philadelphia Eagles sit in second, with the Pittsburgh Steelers in third.

While the Pats sit at one, Buffalo is still the second-best team in the AFC East, according to ESPN. The Miami Dolphins were ranked at No. 27 while the New York Jets round out the division at No. 29.

And to wrap it up, the Jacksonville Jaguars, who topped Buffalo 10-3 in the AFC Wild Card round in the 2017 postseason, sit in fifth.


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