Power rankings: Some polls welcome Bills back to top five

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Here is how the Buffalo Bills fared in national power rankings polls heading into Week 11 following their 45-17 win against the New York Jets:

USA TODAY

6. Bills (8): They improved to 3-0 in divisional games with a nice bounce-back effort against the Jets … which should help against the hard-charging Patriots, who might ultimately regret that Week 1 loss to Miami.

Touchdown Wire

5. Buffalo Bills (6-3)
Last week: 8

Not exactly talked about much following Sunday: The Bills smashed the Jets, 45-17. It’s just the Jets, but good teams use “get-right games” to… get right. Buffalo did that as their offense ignited with 162 yards from WR Stefon Diggs and their defense continued their elite pace with five takeaways.

Sporting News

5. Buffalo Bills 6-3 (8)

The Bills quickly forget their Jaguars clunker by making sure there was no road repeat against the Jets. They adjusted their offense well to support their defense with a strong running game and it also got Josh Allen back on track against another defense that was trying to take the big play away from him.

Bleacher Report

6. Buffalo Bills (6-3)

Last Week: 6

Week 10 Result: Won at New York Jets 45-17

There wasn’t a more surprising result across the NFL in Week 9 than Buffalo’s 9-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Buffalo had another date in Week 10 with one of the NFL’s tomato cans, and there would be no repeat of last week’s faceplant.

An angry Bills team shellacked the Jets on Sunday. Offensively, the Bills racked up 489 yards and drove the field at will—the team had just seven third downs over the entire game. Defensively, the Bills forced five Jets turnovers and didn’t allow New York to find the end zone until the game was totally out of hand.

It was the sort of performance we expected from the Bills against Jacksonville, and it sends the team into the most daunting part of their schedule with some positive momentum. Josh Allen and Co. will need it. Buffalo’s next six opponents are all .500 or better—including a pair of matchups with a New England Patriots team that is just a half-game off the pace in the AFC East.

NFL.com

5. Buffalo Bills (6-3)

Previous rank: No. 8

The Jets were just what the doctor ordered for the Bills’ slumping offense. Josh Allen picked apart New York’s weak defense, throwing for 366 yards with two scores in a 45-17 win at the Meadowlands. Allen’s offensive line provided him ample time to work from the pocket, and he re-established his connection with star receiver Stefon Diggs, who enjoyed just his second 100-yard day of the season. The Jets were a nice confidence booster, but we’ll need to see more evidence before declaring that Brian Daboll and Co. have successfully counteracted the game plans that stifled the attack before Sunday.

CBS Sports

3. Bills (6-3)

Nothing like beating up on the Jets to get your season back on track. They can’t let up with the way the Patriots are playing.

Pro Football Talk

7. Bills (6-3, No. 8): A home-and-home with Bill Belichick looms.

Yahoo! Sports

5. Buffalo Bills (6-3, LW: 8)

The Bills can look really good at times, which makes their bad games so frustrating. Seeing Stefon Diggs put up 162 yards might be the best news from their blowout win.

ESPN

6. Buffalo Bills (6-3)
Previous ranking: 8

Most important remaining games: Dec. 6 vs. Patriots and Dec. 26 at Patriots

The Bills have big matchups against the Buccaneers and Saints on the schedule, but the key games remaining are versus the Patriots. Buffalo leads the AFC East, with a chance to win the division for a second straight year. However, the Patriots are a half-game back, and the division could come down to their two December meetings — the first of which is on Monday Night Football. How will Mac Jones fair against the league’s top scoring defense? With the way the Patriots dominated the AFC East for so long, these games will have a variety of implications.

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