Friday, October 30, 2020

Buffalo Bills Week 8 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: 9.2 (8th)
  • Best ranking: 8th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 12th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 8 roundup for the Bills in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 12

Not the most inspiring showing in Week 7. The Bills drove inside the Jets' 35 on all nine of their possessions, but they didn't score a touchdown, instead settling for six field goals in an 18-10 win. The Bills host the Patriots and Seahawks the next two weeks.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

It wasn't a dominant showing against the Jets, but they found a way. Now they have a big one with the Patriots.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

Among their vexing flaws is inability to run ball. If not for QB Josh Allen, Buffalo would average league-worst 67.9 rushing yards per game.

ESPN -- Rank: 8

Who needs to step up: LB Tremaine Edmunds

To his credit, Edmunds has played through a shoulder injury that he suffered in Week 1 and caused him to miss the Bills' following game. But when he has been out there, the third-year linebacker hasn't looked like the Pro Bowler we saw last season. His reactions seem slower, he has missed tackles and he has difficulty shedding blocks. Buffalo's defensive struggles represent the team's biggest surprise this season, and if the Bills are going to turn it around in pursuit of an AFC East title, Edmunds needs to lead the charge. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques -- Rank: 8

The Jets did indeed prove to be a get-right opponent for the Bills, but an 18-10 win didn't exactly follow the expected game script. Buffalo fell behind 10 points in the first half and failed to score a touchdown -- instead relying on six Tyler Bass field goals across eight (!) attempts to account for all their scoring. Sunday was about the long-delayed rise of the Bills defense, which dominated the second half to snap a two-game skid. Buffalo's defense allowed just 4 yards in the second half -- not a typo -- and was led by Jerry Hughes, who wreaked havoc in the backfield and came down with the game-sealing interception on a deflection in the final minutes.

+ Previous update: Buffalo Bills Week 7 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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