Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Buffalo Bills Week 10 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 10 roundup for the Buffalo Bills in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 11

Non-QB MVP: WR Stefon Diggs

For all of the inconsistencies that have plagued the Bills' offense this season, it's hard to imagine where the unit would be without Diggs. He is consistently making splash plays, such as a 34-yard gain on the opening drive against the Bengals that got the Bills moving downfield, and is arguably the most reliable performer on an offense that is dealing with its share of issues. Diggs leads the team in almost every receiving category (70 receptions for 834 yards and seven touchdowns), and getting Diggs the ball is a recipe for success. -- Alaina Getzenberg -- Rank: 11

You can convince yourself that Sunday's loss was simply a Bengals problem; it was clear last season Cincinnati had an edge against this Bills team, and perhaps that edge just carried over. But Buffalo is now 5-4, and the offense has arguably had as many issues as the defense, at least relative to expectation. The Bills put together an impressive 85-yard TD drive on their first possession, then gained just 108 yards in their next six drives. The offensive line wasn't really an issue. The offensive personnel appears to be in decent shape. But the up-tempo pace and some of the four-wide formations they seemingly flourished with against Tampa were nowhere to be found against the Bengals. Can they secure five more victories somewhere against a really tough remaining schedule?

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

They have offensive issues in large part because of the play-calling. They need to let Josh Allen play fast because the defense has lost too many players.

USA Today -- Rank: 9

They've only got one more road game (at Philadelphia) before December 10 — a good time to right the ship given the advantage Buffalo enjoys at Orchard Park ... and maybe to try and evolve this offense beyond QB Josh Allen running or throwing to WR Stefon Diggs.

The Athletic -- Rank: 11

Report card: C-plus

Buffalo spends more salary-cap space on its defense ($111 million) than any team in the NFL other than Pittsburgh. Yet it has a defense that ranks 14th in the league in total defensive EPA (27.09). Josh Allen has to be Super Josh Allen for this team to win big games, and he wasn't that Sunday, completing 26-for-38 for 258 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

FOX -- Rank: 11

As I've said before, I'm worried that the Bills are incurring the sorts of injuries that derail a season. Terrel Bernard and Micah Hyde left the loss to Cincinnati early. Buffalo has at least one major injury at all three levels of its defense. Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs are great, but are they great enough to overcome that, week in and week out?

Yahoo! -- Rank: 11

Von Miller's whiff on Joe Mixon in the backfield, when the Bills needed a tackle on third down to get the ball back, sums up where the Bills are at. The talent is there, but Buffalo is a step behind. Buffalo is about a coin flip to make the playoffs at this point. It still seems like a decent bet that the Bills will make the postseason, but it's surprising this conversation is taking place after nine weeks.

PFT -- Rank: 12

They need to get things figured out, or the playoffs won't happen this year.

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