Friday, September 29, 2023

Buffalo Bills Week 4 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Buffalo Bills in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Biggest issue on offense: First-down production

The Bills' offense has looked solid over the last two games, but a theme has emerged early -- Buffalo makes things harder on early downs. Currently ranked 28th (4.3) in yards per play on first down, the average per play jumps significantly on second (6.7) and on third downs (6.6). The Bills have completed back-to-back lopsided wins, so it hasn't been a game-altering issue, but minimizing long situations on later downs would help the efficiency of the offense. -- Alaina Getzenberg -- Rank: 5

Though it seemed to get a bit lost in the Sunday shuffle (perhaps because people hadn't respected what the Commanders accomplished earlier this season), the Bills put together a really impressive statement performance, outclassing previously unbeaten Washington for four quarters. Buffalo's defensive line overwhelmed the Commanders' offensive line, generating pressure on nearly two-thirds of pass plays that didn't feature a blitz. The Bills' offensive line was equally dominant, giving Josh Allen mostly clean pockets. But the biggest development might have been what Allen did as a scrambler: taking slides and protecting the ball better. If the Bills play like this in all three phases, they are really tough to beat. Week 1 feels like a distant memory.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 5

After losing in Week 1, they are rolling now. The defense came up big against Washington with five takeaways and nine sacks. Now they have to face Miami's explosive offense. Good luck.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

They've won their past two games by an aggregate 75-13 score. Impressive, if merely a day's work in South Florida. However the Dolphins are headed to Buffalo, where they've lost seven straight and 11 of 12.

The Athletic -- Rank: 5

QB confidence rating: 8

All is forgiven after Josh Allen's Week 1 meltdown. In the last two weeks, he has thrown four touchdown passes and only one interception and has an NFL-best off-target percentage of 1.4 percent. Plus, he's still making plays like this:

FOX -- Rank: 5

I love how quickly the narrative can shift in this week-to-week league. The Bills had one of the most embarrassing losses of Week 1, and 14 days later they're a well-oiled machine. The defense has looked ferocious in two straight outings, and these guys have outscored the last two opponents, 75-13. Sunday's showdown with Miami will be must-see TV.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 4

Here's the difference between a good and bad franchise: The Bears signed LB Tremaine Edmunds to a four-year, $72 million deal. Edmunds was good for the Bills but not great. He plays an increasingly devalued position, but the Bears apparently wanted to appease their fans who speak wistfully about Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher. Meanwhile, the Bills put second-year player Terrel Bernard in Edmunds' old spot, and Bernard has been excellent. On Sunday, he became the first linebacker with two or more sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery in a game since (coincidentally) Urlacher in 2007. The Bears still have one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

PFT -- Rank: 6

If the defense keeps playing like it has, they could trade Josh Allen for Zach Wilson and still win.

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