Friday, September 25, 2020

Buffalo Bills Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Buffalo Bills rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 6.8 (6th)
  • Best ranking: 5th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 11th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Bills in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

What we learned: Their wide receivers are going to be tough to match up with in man coverage. Stefon Diggs was a monster against the Dolphins, catching eight balls for 153 yards. Through two weeks, his 239 receiving yards are tied for tops in the league. Diggs' competitiveness has popped off the screen. He's making catches in traffic. He's out-fighting opposing defensive backs. And he's playing with a fearless mentality. John Brown had a 46-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Cole Beasley caught five passes for 70 yards. And rookie Gabriel Davis had an outstanding diving grab on a clutch 6-yard touchdown. Brian Daboll has been an aggressive play-caller, and Josh Allen leads the league with 729 passing yards. Bills-Rams should be a fun matchup in Week 3.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 5

The defense gave up some big plays, but they were without two top linebackers. But Josh Allen has to love having Stefon Diggs to throw the football to this season.

USA Today -- Rank: 11

Third-year QB Josh Allen followed the first 300-yard passing game of his career with the first 400-yard effort. Big test upcoming vs. Jalen Ramsey and Rams, who have allowed one TD pass so far.

ESPN -- Rank: 6

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: WR Cole Beasley

He is a known commodity in the NFL, but Beasley was somewhat of an afterthought entering the season. However, he has seen at least six targets in each of his first two games, turning them into 128 yards on nine catches. Beasley's involvement in the passing game shouldn't be a surprise, considering he is picking up where he left off in 2019 -- when he saw at least six targets in 11 of the 15 games he played. He might not have many explosive outings, but he is clearly a factor in a surprisingly fertile Buffalo passing attack (league-leading 359.5 yards per game) and worth rostering in PPR leagues. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques -- Rank: 6

The Bills are 2-0 after wins over the Jets and Dolphins, and Josh Allen -- so far, at least -- is making all his believers look smart. Here's a fun stat from our NFL Research team: Allen is the second quarterback since 1948 to throw for 700 yards and complete 70 percent of passes with zero interceptions in the first two weeks of a season. The other guy? Patrick Mahomes. Allen's game has been undoubtedly lifted by the arrival of Stefon Diggs. The wideout has been worth his weight in gold, delivering a 16/239/1 line through two games. A Week 3 showdown with the 2-0 Rams will serve as a great litmus test.

+ Previous update: Buffalo Bills Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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