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Big offseason nets Bills 19th spot in Preseason Power Rankings

Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick passes against the New England Patriots during the second quarter of their NFL football game in Foxborough Reuters

The Bills lost eight of nine games to end the 2011 season, yet expectations for the team are as high as they’ve been at any point in the last decade in Buffalo.

An offseason that saw the addition of Mario Williams, Mark Anderson and Stephon Gilmore has a lot to do with that, as does the team’s investment in key contributors like Stevie Johnson and Fred Jackson. All those moves have people predicting big things for the Bills in 2012 and it has resulted in the 19th spot in our Preseason Power Rankings.

Is that too high for a team coming off such a wretched end to last season? Or have we underestimated what the Bills are going to do in the AFC this season?

Take a minute to let us know in the poll below before or after you read our look at the Bills as they prepare for the preseason.

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8 Responses to “Big offseason nets Bills 19th spot in Preseason Power Rankings”
  1. jrcoop says: Jul 15, 2012 3:23 PM

    Please name one team that has “won the off-season” with big free agent signings, then became the sports media’s “preseason surprise team”, that actually lived up to expectaions. I can name many that failed miserably.

    Usually all the great expectations end up being unrealistic pressure that leads to failure.

  2. moonischasinme says: Jul 15, 2012 3:49 PM

    Bills will get the Wildcard this year. They may be one and done but even making the playoffs at this point would be a huge victory

  3. billsin20xx says: Jul 15, 2012 4:42 PM

    Injuries, injuries, injuries. What did you expect after starting 5-2 then basically losing your offensive line, Jackson and having Fitz ply through broken ribs.

  4. johntonioholmes says: Jul 15, 2012 6:10 PM

    The Bills have the tools to beat anyone in the league.

    They just need to be able to fire on all cylinders, which they seem to have trouble doing.

    As someone who hates the Jets and Pats, I hope they make some noise this season.

  5. squashstroup says: Jul 15, 2012 8:14 PM

    Please name one team that has “won the off-season” with big free agent signings, then became the sports media’s “preseason surprise team”, that actually lived up to expectaions. I can name many that failed miserably.

    Usually all the great expectations end up being unrealistic pressure that leads to failure

    Hater,
    I could talk about how Dallas picked up Deon and went back to the big game. maybe, you are two young for that? or I could bring up the Bucks droping two number ones for Chucky. How about the simple, Indy stealing the Pats kicker and he is the difference in getting past New England.
    the truth is if you do nothing your team will not improve. Name one team that made it to the Superbowl and I will name fifteen that did not.

  6. yankees177 says: Jul 15, 2012 8:54 PM

    The Bills fans need to be cautiously optimistic about 2012. Since the late 90s I have seen the bills fans have such high hopes before their seasons that they get so riled up at a 3-0 start and they start shouting playoffs/superbowl/4 superbowls in a row to anyone and everyone who shows negativity. Bills fans keep your team under the radar until week 12 or so. If they are 8-4 or better you have a legit shot at making the playoffs (baby steps) but dont ruin it like you have for the last 15 years by freaking out about how amazing your team is in july. With that said I think 19 is a lovely spot to start for the bills.

  7. joetoronto says: Jul 16, 2012 5:20 AM

    billsin20xx says: Jul 15, 2012 4:42 PM

    Injuries, injuries, injuries. What did you expect after starting 5-2 then basically losing your offensive line, Jackson and having Fitz ply through broken ribs.
    *************************************************
    You forgot to mention that in the first 7 games, the Bills opponents turned the ball over a crazy amount of times.

    They were feeding off the turnovers and then it stopped.

  8. yanksbills says: Jul 16, 2012 8:25 AM

    I was hoping we’d make #18, but I suppose the 19th slot will suffice.

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