Saturday, November 21, 2020

Buffalo Bills Week 11 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: 7th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 12th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Bills in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 12

How do you digest that one? Prior to the DeAndre Hopkins catch, the Bills' defense produced an interception and a pair of three-and-outs. Josh Allen came back from two interceptions with a 12-play, 73-yard touchdown drive that included a great throw to Stefon Diggs for what looked like the game-winning score. This was set up to be a resilient win by an undermanned group until that last play. This will not make Bills fans feel any better, but they were 4-0 in one-score games prior to Sunday, so they were probably due for some bad luck. At 7-3, Buffalo is still in first place in the AFC East.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

That was a tough way to lose at Arizona. They are now in a battle for the division with Miami.

USA Today -- Rank: 12

You won't find many better defensive back trios than Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer and Tre'Davious White ... probably the most talented threesome ever burned for a game-ending Hail Mary.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

What would they take back: DeAndre Hopkins' game-winning Hail Mary catch

There's not much you can do when arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL makes a play worthy of that title, but the Bills would love a redo on Hopkins' 43-yard Hail Mary grab in triple coverage at the end of their Week 10 loss. If Buffalo's pass rush could have contained Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray better, perhaps he never would have scrambled out of the pocket long enough to find Hopkins downfield. And if the Bills' three defenders timed their jumps better, perhaps Hopkins would have never made the catch. We're nitpicking what-if scenarios, but that's the name of this exercise, right? -- Marcel Louis-Jacques -- Rank: 7

"That's why you here!" That was the excited message from Isaiah McKenzie after the wide receiver greeted Stefon Diggs in the end zone on Sunday in Glendale. Diggs had just beaten Patrick Peterson for a touchdown on a beautifully thrown pass from Josh Allen to put the Bills ahead of the Cardinals with 34 seconds to play. Everything was in place for the biggest win of the year -- Buffalo just needed to keep Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins out of the end zone. They couldn't do it. The Hail Murray was a display of spectacular athleticism by the opponent, and the Bills found themselves on the wrong side of the cruelest finish of the season. It's the type of stomach-punch loss that creates a fork in the road for the Bills: Where do they go from here?

+ Previous update: Buffalo Bills Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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