Buffalo Bills 'lagging behind' in the AFC?

Marc Sessler of NFL.com grouped the Bills in his lowest tier for the AFC.

The Buffalo Bills have finished their last two seasons at 9-7 and 8-8. Buffalo may have found a franchise quarterback in Tyrod Taylor, and have some pretty talented offensive players such as Sammy WatkinsLeSean McCoyCharles Clay, and Karlos Williams. The offensive line remains intact and the running game has a legitimate chance to finish first in the league for the second consecutive season.

Defensively, the Bills were underwhelming in 2015 but there's no shortage of talent. Jerry HughesMarcell DareusStephon Gilmore, and Ronald Darby are part of a young core of players who can certainly help Buffalo bounce back in 2016. 

Although there are many reasons to feel optimistic about Buffalo's future, Marc Sessler of NFL.com believes the Bills are one of the worst teams in the AFC based upon his rankings. Sessler grouped AFC teams into four groups: The Heavyweights, Playoff-ready, Ready to make the leap?, and Lagging behind.

Buffalo found themselves in the lagging behind category with the Chargers, Dolphins, Titans, and Browns. 

Free agency was factored into the rankings but Sessler's "Playoff ready" category included the Bengals, Chiefs, Broncos, Jets, Ravens, Raiders, Texans, and Colts. Most of those teams should be considered playoff ready, but Buffalo did defeat a few of those teams last season.

In 2015, Buffalo had wins over the Jets (twice), Texans, and Colts. New York made the most of their fourth place schedule last season to the tune of 10 wins, but they're currently looking at starting the season with Geno Smith as their starting QB. The Texans are a curious choice as well. They signed Brock Osweiler to a huge deal in free agency, but the quarterback was carried by a top flight defense in Denver. If the Jets and Texans are "playoff ready," you could argue that Buffalo belongs on that list as well.

At the end of the day these lists don't matter, but perhaps the Bills will use some of these rankings as motivation in 2016.

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