Saturday, December 12, 2020

Buffalo Bills Week 14 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: 5.2 (5th)
  • Best ranking: 5th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 6th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 14 roundup for the Bills in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

Best-case scenario: They finish the season on fire and run away with the AFC East. The Bills had one of Week 13's most impressive performances. After an early Zack Moss fumble, they scored on six straight possessions (four touchdowns, two field goals) in a dominant win over the 49ers. Josh Allen was in complete command, throwing for 375 yards and four touchdowns, and Brian Daboll called another outstanding game as the Bills piled up 31 first downs. Buffalo is 5-1 in its last six, with its only loss coming on the Hail Mary against the Cardinals. The Bills have been good all year, but Sunday night's win was something else. It showed they really have a high ceiling. If they can finish strong, they'll achieve "team nobody wants to play" status for the playoffs.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 5

Josh Allen is at his best when the team plays fast and loose. He was outstanding against the 49ers. Will they play fast this week against the Steelers?

USA Today -- Rank: 5

They've won five of six and just secured their first "Monday Night Football" victory in 21 years. Now let's see how they fare in prime time Sunday against Pittsburgh.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Person with most at stake: TE Dawson Knox

The Bills' second-year tight end has underwhelmed in 2020. Part of that is due to injuries and COVID-19, but he hasn't done much to build on an inspiring rookie season. With John Brown out at least the next two weeks, there are more targets to go around in Buffalo's offense -- and Knox will have an opportunity to show the front office it doesn't need to look for other options at the position this upcoming offseason. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques -- Rank: 5

Buffalo looked like a team ready to raise its ceiling on Monday night. Out front was Josh Allen, who played the best game of his pro career in a 34-24 win over the 49ers. Allen carved up Robert Saleh's defense for 375 yards while becoming the first quarterback in franchise history to complete 80 percent of his passes with four touchdowns in one game. Allen looked completely at ease in the pocket, playing like a quarterback who was seeing everything unfold in front of him in slow motion. Allen threw scoring passes to Cole Beasley, Dawson Knox, Isaiah McKenzie and Gabriel Davis, commanding an offense that didn't send punter Corey Bojorquez onto the field until the 3:44 mark of the fourth quarter. Bojorquez's subsequent punt traveled 68 yards, because that's the kind of night it was for the AFC East leaders.

+ Previous update: Buffalo Bills Week 13 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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