Thursday, November 18, 2021

Buffalo Bills Week 11 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 5 (5th)
  • Best ranking: 3 (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 6 (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Bills in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 6

Most important remaining games: Dec. 6 vs. Patriots and Dec. 26 at Patriots

The Bills have big matchups against the Buccaneers and Saints on the schedule, but the key games remaining are versus the Patriots. Buffalo leads the AFC East, with a chance to win the division for a second straight year. However, the Patriots are a half-game back, and the division could come down to their two December meetings -- the first of which is on Monday Night Football. How will Mac Jones fair against the league's top scoring defense? With the way the Patriots dominated the AFC East for so long, these games will have a variety of implications. -- Alaina Getzenberg -- Rank: 5

The Jets were just what the doctor ordered for the Bills' slumping offense. Josh Allen picked apart New York's weak defense, throwing for 366 yards with two scores in a 45-17 win at the Meadowlands. Allen's offensive line provided him ample time to work from the pocket, and he re-established his connection with star receiver Stefon Diggs, who enjoyed just his second 100-yard day of the season. The Jets were a nice confidence booster, but we'll need to see more evidence before declaring that Brian Daboll and Co. have successfully counteracted the game plans that stifled the attack before Sunday.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

Nothing like beating up on the Jets to get your season back on track. They can't let up with the way the Patriots are playing.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

They improved to 3-0 in divisional games with a nice bounce-back effort against the Jets ... which should help against the hard-charging Patriots, who might ultimately regret that Week 1 loss to Miami.

The Athletic -- Rank: 5

Steal a player: Nick Chubb, Browns running back

The Bills know they are allowed to run the ball, right? If they had a back like Chubb, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll could call a more balanced game, and one that might be better suited for the Buffalo conditions in December and January, when the Bills hope to be hosting playoff games. Quarterback Josh Allen is understandably the focal piece of the offense, but it would be nice to take some of the pressure off him to be a primary rushing threat (Allen is second on the team in rushing yards, with 322, and third in attempts).

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