Saturday, October 16, 2021

Buffalo Bills Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 2.2 (2nd)
  • Best ranking: 1st (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 5th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Bills in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 1

Most improved player: WR Emmanuel Sanders

How they've improved: This isn't a particularly difficult decision. Sanders -- the oldest player on the Bills' roster -- has exploded in his 12th NFL season and is a key piece of the offense as a downfield weapon. He has two games with two touchdowns already this season, including Sunday's win over Kansas City. Prior to this season, Sanders had only six career games with two or more touchdowns, and the last was in 2017. Outside of his scoring, Sanders is averaging a career-high 16.9 yards per reception, as opposed to his average target depth last year with the Saints -- a career-low 8.98 yards. He has transformed into one of quarterback Josh Allen's favorite targets. -- Alaina Getzenberg -- Rank: 1

Defeating the Chiefs in October and defeating them in January are two very different beasts, but that doesn't mean Sunday night's 38-20 stomping of the defending conference champs wasn't important. For the Bills, it was affirmation of what they already believed: With superstar quarterback Josh Allen out front, they can beat anyone. They might even embarrass you. That's what happened at Arrowhead Stadium, where Patrick Mahomes struggled to find any rhythm against a Buffalo defense that played like it knew what was coming. Bills defenders might tell you they did, which is a credit to Sean McDermott and his entire coaching staff. Buffalo is a juggernaut.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

That victory at Kansas City sends a big message to the rest of the AFC. They showed that defense is legitimate and Josh Allen can light it up.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

After exacting retribution in Kansas City, surging Buffalo can get more of the same Sunday in Nashville, where they got blown out 42-16 by the Titans last year during a game played on a Tuesday night due to Tennessee's COVID-19 outbreak.

The Athletic -- Rank: 2

Breakout player: When the Bills lost to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game last year, Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane bemoaned not having anybody like tight end Travis Kelce. Maybe Dawson Knox took that personally. He had three catches for a career-high 117 yards in the win over the Chiefs Sunday night and is the first tight end in Bills history with a touchdown in four straight games.

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