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Where the Bills stand in early 2022 Power rankings

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Dawson Knox (88) touchdown. Buffalo Bills vs New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome, November 25, 2021. Photo by Bill Wippert

2. Buffalo Bills

2021 record:11-6

Offseason in three or fewer words:Improve problem areas

There will be no dramatic changes for the Bills this offseason, with much of the roster set to return and the team hiring from within to replace offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who accepted a head-coach gig with the Giants. Instead, the focus needs to be on adding to key areas like cornerback and getting more speed at receiver. Continuing to support quarterback Josh Allen in a variety of ways is important, while getting creative with some cap moves to add to the roster. -- Alaina Getzenberg

2. Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen is on the brink of winning MVP and the Bills are still built strong offensively and defensively to flex right up there with the last two AFC champions, the Chiefs and Bengals.

2. Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen led two go-ahead touchdown drives in the final two minutes of a playoff game and still lost to Mahomes. The Bills must have been sick seeing the Bengals (not the Chiefs) in the Super Bowl. Not much to tweak on either side of the ball here, but the loss of new Giants head coach Brian Daboll — the only offensive coordinator Allen has played for — shouldn't be discounted.

2. Buffalo Bills

Even without Brian Daboll, Josh Allen makes the Buffalo Bills a Super Bowl contender. He nearly carried this team past the Chiefs and likely fell short because of the Tre'Davious White injury earlier in the season. If White stays healthy and Buffalo's young pass rushers improve, this can be the best team in the AFC.

3. Buffalo Bills

The sting of a heartbreaking defeat to the Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Playoffs lives on in Western New York, but the future remains bright for the AFC East champions.Josh Allenwill return in September as a superstar quarterback operating at the height of his powers, and the Bills hopepromoting from withinwill help mitigate the loss of offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who headed south to take a big chair with the Giants. Continuing to add pieces around Allen would be wise, though the Bills will have to get creative, with less than $5 million inprojected available cap space.

T3. Buffalo Bills

Points in poll: 207

Highest-place vote: 2 (1 vote)

Lowest-place vote: 4 (4 votes)

Season results: Lost in divisional round

In a very tight top of the AFC, we actually have a tie between the conference champion and the team that will spend the entire offseason wondering what would have happened if they'd gotten the ball in overtime against the Chiefs.

3. Buffalo Bills

Draft assets: 25th overall pick, three picks between Days 1 and 2.

Estimated salary cap space (rank): -$4.6m, 23rd

2023 Super Bowl odds: +700

Buffalo was 13 seconds from advancing to the AFC title game before being rudely upended by the Chiefs. Along the way, they backed their claim to the AFC East by beating the New England Patriots by 12, then 30 points.

The Bills have a stellar defense and one of the league's top quarterbacks in Josh Allen. Devin Singletary's winter come-up — nearly 100 total yards per game and six touchdowns in the final four games of the regular season — may give him a reliable RB1 to gash defenses early. Buffalo continues to trend upwards, even after a heartbreaking end to 2021.

4. Buffalo Bills

The top four teams are all incredibly talented. The Bills have a very strong case as the most talented team in the NFL, and they were almost the top team in these NFL Power Rankings.

The only reason they're at No. 4 is the loss of Brian Daboll. I'm not sure what it means for Josh Allen and the Bills' offense, but surely his departure can't be spun as an upgrade. Allen showed how dangerous he is when he uses his legs. If they can add a dynamic running back, the sky could be the limit for Buffalo's offense.

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