Thursday, October 21, 2021

Buffalo Bills Week 7 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: 4.6 (4th)
  • Best ranking: 2nd (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 8th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Bills in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 2

With the way the Bills played against the Steelers to start the season, the initial rating seemed spot-on. Since then, Buffalo has played like one of the best teams in the NFL, winning every game outside of Monday night's loss to the Titans. Honestly, Buffalo's rating could be higher, especially after the way the win in Kansas City went. This team has an incredibly high ceiling, and the confidence will only increase as it fixes the issues that were on display in Tennessee. The Bills still have the potential to be the best team in the AFC, if not the league. -- Alaina Getzenberg -- Rank: 2

Sean McDermott might receive criticism for his decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 rather than kick the chip-shot field goal late in the closing seconds against the Titans, but he won't deserve it. The coaches who matter in today's NFL eschew conservative decision-making in favor of trust in their best players. On Monday night, with the game hanging in the balance, McDermott put his faith in Josh Allen to secure the win. The disastrous outcome -- Buffalo's offensive line was compromised by Titans bodies and Allen lost his footing short of the marker -- is unfortunate, but the Bills likely went to the locker room knowing that's a game they win nine out of 10 times.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 7

What happened to the defense Monday night? Even Josh Allen couldn't bail them out. The decision to go for the touchdown late was the right call.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

Their four-game streak with at least 35 points came to an end in Nashville as did their status as prohibitive AFC favorites, Buffalo is now projected as the conference's fourth playoff seed through six weeks.

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

Rookie Heat Check: The Bills have incredible defensive line depth, which takes pressure off first-rounder Greg Rousseau and second-rounder Carlos Basham Jr. early in their rookie seasons. Rousseau is playing more than 50 percent of the Bills' defensive snaps and had his best game of the season in Week 5 against Kansas City, with four solo tackles, an interception and a tackle for a loss. Basham has played much less -- he didn't debut until Week 4 and didn't play Monday night against Tennessee -- but he has 1 1/2 sacks in limited work. We'll see if he can find a bigger role in the next third of the season.

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