Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Buffalo Bills Week 6 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 6 roundup for the Buffalo Bills in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 6

Fantasy surprise: Defense/Special teams

The Bills' defense was set up to be good, but the second highest fantasy points through five weeks (60.0)? That's better than good. Buffalo leads the league in sacks (21) and takeaways (13). This was a unit that was expected to be a productive defense, and while there are now a number of injuries to deal with, it's been an impressive start with Von Miller now being integrated in and Sean McDermott calling plays for his first time as head coach. -- Alaina Getzenberg -- Rank: 6

I'm willing to buy a little into the notion that waiting to fly to London until Friday made it tough for the Bills to adjust to the time difference. The offense that scored 30-plus points in three straight weeks was lagging until a pair of too-little-too-late fourth-quarter TD drives. Falling like that and sustaining more injuries on defense (Matt Milano and DaQuan Jones were both lost) made this one a double gut punch. With Tre'Davious White going down the week prior, this good defense is in tough shape, even with Von Miller returning on Sunday. Getting Greg Rousseau back eventually should boost the pass rush, but the big plays allowed in coverage were troubling. I still have the Bills ahead of the Jaguars, despite the loss. Why? Because the Bills have the stronger body of work overall and could be favored in a playoff rematch, even in Jacksonville.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

The injuries are killing their defense. They lost Matt Milano for the year against the Jaguars, and he is the heart of their defense. They might have lost too much.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

Just as LB Von Miller returns from the PUP list following last year's knee injury, LB Matt Milano (leg) could be lost for the remainder of this season. Weird as this sounds, Milano might be the more valuable player to Buffalo's defense.

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

Tight end Dalton Kincaid, selected 25th, hasn't exactly transformed the Buffalo offense. Kincaid has been on the field for more than 60 percent of the Bills' snaps but has barely topped 100 receiving yards for the season (17 catches, 118 yards). Buffalo isn't getting much out of the rest of its six-man draft class either. The Bills are getting a pass this week for losing in London to a team that spent the week there, but they need a bounce-back game quickly.

FOX -- Rank: 5

I'm a lot less concerned about the Bills offense looking sleepy at the start of a game that began at 9:30 a.m., Buffalo time. I'm a lot more concerned about a defense that continues losing big pieces. Matt Milano is the latest guy to go down, a week after Tre'Davious White. Buffalo will be competitive as long as Josh Allen is doing his thing, but these types of losses hinder your ability to contend with the heavyweights.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 4

The London trip is tricky, especially against a Jaguars team that is used to it and was there two straight weeks. I still think the Bills are a very good team. But Buffalo can't blow games if it wants the No. 1 seed that would be so important for the Bills. And the losses of linebacker Matt Milano and defensive lineman DaQuan Jones to season-ending injuries is crushing. The defense struggled badly without them in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville.

PFT -- Rank: 8

The Jenga tower is starting to wobble again.

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