Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Buffalo Bills Week 12 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: 10.6 (10th)
  • Best ranking: 7 (
  • Worst ranking: 12 (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 12 roundup for the Bills in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 12

Most memorable Thanksgiving game: Bills topple Cowboys 26-15 on Nov. 28, 2019

O.J. Simpson had a record-breaking performance on Thanksgiving Day in 1976, rushing for 273 yards on 29 carries and finishing with two scores. But that game ended with a loss to the Lions during a 2-12 season for Buffalo. Instead, some recency bias is leaking in, and it's the last Bills game on Thanksgiving that gets the nod. It was the team's first game on the holiday in 25 years. The win over the Cowboys was a coming-out statement for the Bills and quarterback Josh Allen and helped put them on the national radar, with high expectations remaining ever since. -- Alaina Getzenberg -- Rank: 7

The alarm bell has been sounded in Western New York -- and rightfully so. The Colts came to town and made themselves at home on Sunday, dominating the Bills in all three phases of a 41-15 blowout victory. Jonathan Taylor scored five touchdowns and gained 185 of Indy's 264 rushing yards, the most surrendered by a Buffalo defense in three years. Josh Allen and the offense weren't much better: The quarterback threw two interceptions and fumbled once as the Bills' attack continued to look average when the Jets aren't prominently involved. Now a second-place team, Buffalo will be under the microscope on Thanksgiving night in New Orleans.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

They are starting to look like a big disappointment if they don't get it going. That won't be easy at New Orleans Thursday night.

USA Today -- Rank: 12

Scrutiny on a struggling crew was already building, and now Buffalo will have to figure out its issues on a national stage -- the next two games on Thanksgiving night (at New Orleans) and a Monday nighter against New England in Week 13 ... preceding a road trip to Tampa.

The Athletic -- Rank: 11

Best side dish: No matter how much we'd like the Bills to show they care even a little bit about offensive balance, we know they don't, so it's up to the passing game to get things back on track. That means more Stefon Diggs. He had just six targets against Indianapolis but turned two of them into touchdowns. He's the Bills' most likely player to win his matchup on any given play, and he'll need to do that Thursday when he's facing the Saints' Marshon Lattimore.

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