Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Buffalo Bills Week 16 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: 2.6 (3rd)
  • Best ranking: 2nd (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 3rd (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 16 roundup for the Bills in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 3

Wish: A willingness to be bold against Mahomes and the Chiefs in a potential playoff matchup. Are we getting ahead of ourselves? Sure. But the Bills were impressive once again in Week 15, and there's no reason to doubt their offense. Josh Allen is playing great, Brian Daboll schemes up explosive plays every week and Stefon Diggs leads a talented group of pass catchers. If you're a daydreaming Bills fan, you're already thinking about how your team could match up better against the Chiefs than it did in a loss earlier this season. One area where they could have an edge is Sean McDermott's game management against Andy Reid's. What's the right formula for the Bills to beat the Chiefs? Maybe it means being even more aggressive on fourth down than usual. Trying to score touchdowns at nearly any cost. A trick play or two on special teams. A defensive wrinkle to steal a possession. If the Bills face the Chiefs in the playoffs, it can't just be a "line up and play" approach. They need to be aggressive, and McDermott has to give them an edge. This would be a really fun matchup and is one I'm hoping we get in January.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

They are flying high on offense now. The Bills have already won the AFC East, which is the first time since 1996. They will be dangerous come playoff time.

USA Today -- Rank: 3

QB Josh Allen spreads wealth nicely, Buffalo's 13 players with TD grabs tying league record ... though one of those scores belongs to Allen himself.

ESPN -- Rank: 2

Most underrated star: WR Cole Beasley

While most of the focus on the Bills' wide receiver corps has deservedly been on Stefon Diggs, Beasley has put together the best season of his career. He has set personal highs in receptions, yards and yards per catch, and with two games left, he is just 50 yards from his first 1,000-yard season. Beasley is a safety net for quarterback Josh Allen, and this offense would have a difficult time moving the ball without him -- even with Diggs' spectacular numbers. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques -- Rank: 2

When you haven't won a division title since "Wonderwall" was on the charts, you don't go in through the back door. The Bills announced themselves as AFC East champions with authority, bludgeoning the Broncos in a 48-19 coronation at Mile High. Josh Allen accounted for four more touchdowns in his latest superstar-level performance, while the rising Buffalo defense continued its December surge. Buffalo piled up 534 yards of total offense, led by playmaking wideouts Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley, who will soon become the first Bills receivers to go over 1,000 yards in the same season since Peerless Price and Eric Moulds back in 2002. The Bills are a rising tidal wave headed for the great wall that is the Kansas City Chiefs.

+ Previous update: Buffalo Bills Week 15 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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