Saturday, October 17, 2020

Buffalo Bills Week 6 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: 7.8 (8th)
  • Best ranking: 5th (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 11th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Bills in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

EPR dropped the Bills six spots after their loss to the Titans. I looked at it as one bad game under unusual circumstances where they were missing some key players like Tre'Davious White, John Brown and Matt Milano. Having said that, they got stomped and were sloppy. The Bills had three turnovers and 10 penalties. They didn't have a single game last season where they hit both those marks. In the next month, Buffalo has matchups with the Chiefs, Patriots and Seahawks. They're still well-positioned in the AFC East, but after that stretch we'll have a better sense of whether the Bills should be taken seriously as Super Bowl contenders.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

They got caught in a tough situation because of the Titans' COVID-19 issues, and it showed. Now they have to try and regroup against the Chiefs.

USA Today -- Rank: 11

In fairness to them, Tennessee's situation dealt Buffalo a very tough hand. But no one expected P Corey Bojorquez to be Bills' best player Tuesday night. If defense is Buffalo's Achilles' heel, it appears to be quickly fraying.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Biggest weakness: Pass defense

Death, taxes and an elite Bills pass defense. Those are the absolute truths we have become accustomed to over the past two seasons, when Buffalo finished fourth and first, respectively, in passing yards allowed. In typical 2020 fashion, the Bills are polar opposites from their previous selves in that regard, allowing the fourth-most passing yards per game through four games this season. They have battled injuries in both the secondary and at linebacker, neither of which have helped their case; fortunately for Leslie Frazier's unit, Buffalo's offense has proved more than capable of winning a shootout. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques -- Rank: 7

The Bills had been so stellar this season that it was jarring to watch them struggle so mightily on Tuesday night in Nashville. Ill-timed penalties, killer turnovers, defensive lapses; Buffalo was not nearly sound enough against a Tennessee team that played crisp football despite a long layoff. Josh Allen made his usual collection of big throws, but was held back by accuracy issues that recalled his first two seasons. The defense struggled mightily in the red zone, playing withou starters Tre'Davious White, Matt Milano and Levi Wallace. The Titans scored a touchdown all six times they entered inside Buffalo's 20-yard line. A night to forget.

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