Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Buffalo Bills Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Buffalo Bills in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 9

Best debut performance: DE Leonard Floyd
Week 1 stats: 1.5 sacks, 3 tackles, 2 QB hits, tackle for loss

The Bills were looking for pass-rushers to step up with Von Miller missing at least the first four games still recovering from surgery on his right ACL. Floyd made an impression throughout the opener against the Jets. Floyd consistently went after Jets QB Zach Wilson and played well alongside third-year pass-rusher Greg Rousseau, which is good news for Buffalo defensive line moving forward -- even if it was against the not-as-talented Jets offensive line. -- Alaina Getzenberg

NFL.com -- Rank: 8

Buffalo's 11-play, 75-yard drive in the second quarter on Monday night -- capped by a fabulous Josh Allen-to-Stefon Diggs touchdown against a very good Jets defense -- felt like a massive statement. The message? "We're back." Then the Bills were held out of the end zone for the next 35 minutes of football. After the touchdown, Allen threw two picks (giving him three total on the night) and lost a fumble. Just too many careless passes and poor overall ball security. Allen made big throws late, and his offensive line gave up a number of pressures, but he just seemed to make his job a lot harder than it needed to be. The Bills have a Super Bowl-caliber squad, but it's predicated on the offense being much better than what we saw in the season-opening loss to the Aaron Rodgers-less Jets at MetLife.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

That was a terrible loss against the Jets. Losing that game was inexcusable after Aaron Rodgers went down. Josh Allen has to stop forcing the ball.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

They knocked Jets QB Aaron Rodgers out of the game early Monday night, then watched their own signal-caller, Josh Allen, consistently undermine the offense in a loss that may come back to haunt Buffalo in a really bad way.

The Athletic -- Rank: 19

That's it. Mark Sanchez is off the hook. Eleven years after the "Butt Fumble," Sanchez should finally be allowed to live in peace thanks to Josh Allen's fourth-quarter fumble that looked very similar to Sanchez's infamous play and capped a horrible night for the Bills' quarterback. It was Allen's fourth turnover of the game and helped the Jets take the lead with less than two minutes to go. Before that play, Allen was picked off three times by New York safety Jordan Whitehead.

Go live your life, Mark!

FOX -- Rank: 7

Oh, Josh Allen. You're so, so talented — and so, so chaotic. Dating back to the start of last season, Allen has now thrown 19 interceptions in his last 20 games. His four turnovers are the single biggest reason the Bills are now 0-1, having gotten walked off in overtime by the Jets. I'm not going to overreact to the offensive line struggling against New York's nasty pass rush, as it's one of the best in the league. But Allen's recklessness continues to be a problem. When he's on, this is one of the best teams in the league. The problem is this troubling trend of being off.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 5

Josh Allen cost the Bills that game. He can't turn it over four times. When the Bills got the ball first in overtime, they didn't even get a first down. Allen is a fantastic quarterback and the Bills will be fine — especially with the Jets probably taking a step back without Aaron Rodgers — but Monday night was a pretty ugly loss.

PFT -- Rank: 10

The Jenga tower that is the Bills could be starting to fall, far earlier than expected.

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