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Ranking NFL 2021 'Triplets,' Part II: From the middle (Raiders) to the top (Packers)

 

7. Buffalo Bills (7.0)

QB: Josh Allen RB: Zack Moss WR: Stefon Diggs

This is quite a jump for the Bills, who ranked 23rd heading into last season. That'll happen when you have maybe the most improved player in the NFL, and that player is your quarterback. Allen was a considerably below-average player during his first two NFL seasons. Last year, he was a legitimate MVP candidate. With the whole offensive line coming back, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll somehow not getting a head coaching job anywhere, and the receiving corps still intact (with Emmanuel Sanders replacing John Brown), he should remain productive this year. Diggs is absurdly good, and damn near impossible to cover. The Bills don't utilize their backs all that often, but it's not difficult to see them being ranked higher if people had more confidence in Moss or Devin Singletary.

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AFC East Roundup: Biggest remaining questions

Buffalo Bills: Will the pass rush be enough?

For the Buffalo Bills, one thing was consistent throughout the season—that was their inability to get to the quarterback without the blitz. This was pretty evident in both of their matchups against the Kansas City Chiefs when Patrick Mahomes was able to comfortably operate in the pocket and find open receivers. We saw the effects of a dominant pass rush when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. To try and improve, the team selected defensive ends Gregory Rousseau and Carlos Basham Jr. in the first two rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. However, will it be enough? Jerry Hughes isn’t getting any younger and even though Ed Oliver had a decent season, he didn’t have the sack numbers to show for it. We all know the offense will be able to put up points but will the defensive be able to keep the score low? ...

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In 2018 I'd have laughed if someone said going into the 2021 PFF figured Buffalo had the fourth best receiving squad. Today? I think it is too low a ranking/projection.

 

Ranking all 32 NFL receiving corps ahead of the 2021 season
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Steve Palazzolo
 

4. Buffalo Bills

Last season, Bills wide receivers earned the second-highest receiving grade in the league at 89.0, and they’ve done a fantastic job of building this group of playmakers. Stefon Diggs was the final piece last year, as he dominated at all levels of the field and finished with the No. 2 receiving grade in the league. Meanwhile, Cole Beasley led the league with 948 yards in the slot, and he’s best open on 70.2% of his targets against single coverage since 2018, best in the NFL.
 

With John Brown moving on, Emmanuel Sanders and Gabriel Davis will both see plenty of playing time, as the Bills used the second-most four-wide receiver sets in the NFL last year. Sanders is a good route-runner who can still produce in a possession role, even at age 34 years of age. He’s graded at 70.0 or better in all but two of his 11 years in the league. Davis, on the other hand, was a productive vertical threat, averaging 17.5 yards per reception. He’ll be counted on for more of the same in 2021, as his size and game speed was a valuable asset as a rookie. Isaiah McKenzie also returns as the screen/jet sweep option.
 

Bills tight ends finished with a receiving grade of just 59.0 last season, good for 26th in the league. A Year 3 breakout from Dawson Knox would help, given that he’s graded in the ’50s as a receiver in his first two seasons. Jacob Hollister will compete for snaps as a move tight end who can separate in one-on-one situations.
 

The Bills have one of the best receiving units in the NFL once again, and more production out of their third and fourth options along with better play at tight end could put them at No. 1 by the end of the season.

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12 hours ago, Ann said:

In 2018 I'd have laughed if someone said going into the 2021 PFF figured Buffalo had the fourth best receiving squad. Today? I think it is too low a ranking/projection.
 

 

Makes sense, since they're including the TEs in the rankings.

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The number 1 seed.

 

2021-2022 NFL Simulated Season Division Results

... Buffalo Bills: 16-1

Miami Dolphins: 11-6

New York Jets: 6-10-1

New England **Patriots: 5-12

 

The Buffalo Bills will repeat as AFC East champions and will be joined in the playoffs by the Miami Dolphins. New England will miss the playoffs for the second straight season for the first time in 20+ years. ...

 

 

https://twitter.com/BuffaloBills/status/1397598403807354880

 

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I can’t sleep, so I’ll opine.
 

The Bills finish 15-2, and head into the post season as the number one seed in the AFC.

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Ranking the 7 Teams Best Set Up for the Future Entering 2021 Season
Kristopher Knox
Bleacher Report


2. Buffalo Bills
 

While the Buffalo Bills only have their own draft picks in 2022—aside from a conditional seventh-rounder from Atlanta—and are projected to be up against the cap next offseason, they're still set to be perennial contenders.
 

Quarterback Josh Allen had a breakout campaign in 2020, passing for 4,544 yards with 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 421 yards and eight more scores. He's only 25 years old and may not have reached his ceiling.
 

A contract extension for Allen will be coming, but he has two years left on his rookie deal.

Aside from him, the Bills have one of the league's best, most-balanced rosters—one Pro Football Focus ranked fifth before the draft. Buffalo also ranked second in both yards gained and points scored last season, while ranking 14th in total defense.
 

With contributors like Tre'Davious White, Micah Hyde, Matt Milano and Stefon Diggs—the reigning league-leader in receptions and receiving yards—under contract through at least 2023, the Bills are poised to be a permanent fixture in the Super Bowl chase.
 

Buffalo also has a quality head coach in Sean McDermott, who has taken Buffalo to the playoffs in three of his four seasons.

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