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NFL Week 6 power rankings: Buffalo Bills move up slightly

An ugly win against the Tennessee Titans buoyed the Bills in the power rankings, but not by much

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After gutting out a 13-12 victory over the Tennessee Titans, the Buffalo Bills find themselves with a 2-3 overall record. While not ideal by any means, the team’s record is much better than the 0-5 many felt the team would attain through the season’s first five games.

Most power rankings reflect the thought that the Bills are among the league’s worst teams, even though they have more wins than some other clubs that many outlets rank ahead of them at this time. The Bills are almost universally ranked as the worst of the league’s two-win teams heading into Week 6.

ESPN has the Bills at number 29 this week, which is up two spots from their rankings last week. The New York Giants (28), Indianapolis Colts (26), and Atlanta Falcons (19) all have one victory, yet the Worldwide Leader currently has them ranked ahead of the two-win Bills. Giving Bills’ fans a glimmer of hope is Buffalo’s projected strength-of-schedule over the next 11 games, which is 30th out of 32 teams.

The MMQB ranks Buffalo 29th, also behind the Colts (28), Giants (24), and Falcons (16). That boosts Buffalo one spot from last week. They provide a pretty crazy statistic, as the Bills have allowed an average of 9 points per game in their two wins, but an average of 33 points per game in their 3 losses. Obviously the latter number is blown up by the 47-3 debacle against the Baltimore Ravens to open the season, but it’s still a jarring split.

SB Nation also had the Bills moving up one spot on their list, except they moved from 31st to 30th this week. The biggest jump was on the list at The Sporting News, where Buffalo went from 29th to 25th. Vinnie Iyer wrote that “The Bills’ toughness and scrappiness are evident with Josh Allen matching the hard-nosed physicality of the defense.”

While the Bills moved up three spots in the USA Today power rankings, jumping from 31st all the way to 28th, the report came with a depressing statistic. Reporter Nate Davis wondered how Josh Allen has managed to engineer two wins, as “no quarterback has been sacked more (19) and none has a worse passer rating (60.4).”

The Associated Press did put Buffalo ahead of all the 1-4 teams, notching them at 26. The Bills are the worst-rated 2-3 team but have moved up from the 30th spot a week ago.