Friday, September 18, 2020

Buffalo Bills Week 2 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: 7.8 (T-7th)
  • Best ranking: 6th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 12th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Bills in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

What we learned: It didnt take long to get Stefon Diggs going. Josh Allen was 8-for-9 for 86 yards when targeting Diggs. Diggs made some difficult catches in traffic, coming down with the ball despite taking a couple crushing blows. He showed good effort as a blocker on a touchdown to John Brown. This was not a perfect game for the Bills. Kicker Tyler Bass missed a pair of field goals, and Allen fumbled twice, but it was an encouraging start. All three starting wide receivers -- Diggs, Brown and Cole Beasley -- had at least one catch of 20-plus yards, and Allen ranked second to only Russell Wilson in passing EPA per snap.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 6

Josh Allen had his first career 300-yard game against the Jets. He appeared much improved, but time will tell. If he is, this is a deep-playoff team.

USA Today -- Rank: 12

They had little trouble handling the Jets -- woo hoo -- but QB Josh Allen must be far more consistent if they're to dethrone New England.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

Best rookie debut: RB Zack Moss
Moss gets the nod here after scoring a touchdown on his first career reception against the Jets. He wasn't effective as a runner -- no Bills player was besides Josh Allen -- but Moss was solid in pass protection and took what the defense gave him as a receiver. It was a solid debut and the 46% of offensive snaps he played show the Bills' trust in him early in the season. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques -- Rank: 6

We got the Josh Allen pu pu platter in Sunday's win over the Jets. Big plays with his legs (57 yards, TD), a career-best passing day (312 yards, two scores) and -- yes -- a pair of lost fumbles, both on the opponent's side of the field. Allen also airmailed a gimme TD to John Brown that would have put New York away in the fourth quarter, but on balance, the day was a successful one for both the Bills and their polarizing third-year quarterback. A trip to Miami is up next on the schedule; getting the Jets and Dolphins back-to-back is pretty much the ideal way to start a football season in 2020.

+ Previous update: Buffalo Bills Week 1 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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