Without their top two linebackers, the Buffalo Bills were given a scare by the Miami Dolphins in Week 2.
Ryan Fitzpatrick attacked the middle of the defense in the absence of Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano while also throwing at Levi Wallace early and often. Miami was able to put up 28 points on Buffalo’s vaunted defense–something few teams have done under the Sean McDermott era–but 28 points was not enough.
Quarterback Josh Allen picked up where he left off in Week 1 and threw the ball all over the field with success. One week after having the best day of his young career, Allen eclipsed it with a 400-plus yard, four touchdown day through the air.
Now sitting at 2-0, the Bills find themselves climbing in most NFL power rankings. Here’s a look at where they sit entering Week 3.
USA TODAY: No. 11 (Previously No. 12)
Third-year QB Josh Allen followed the first 300-yard passing game of his career with the first 400-yard effort. Big test upcoming vs. Jalen Ramsey and Rams, who have allowed one TD pass so far.
ESPN: No. 6 (Previously No. 7)
Under-the-radar fantasy standout: WR Cole Beasley
He is a known commodity in the NFL, but Beasley was somewhat of an afterthought entering the season. However, he has seen at least six targets in each of his first two games, turning them into 128 yards on nine catches. Beasley’s involvement in the passing game shouldn’t be a surprise, considering he is picking up where he left off in 2019 — when he saw at least six targets in 11 of the 15 games he played. He might not have many explosive outings, but he is clearly a factor in a surprisingly fertile Buffalo passing attack (league-leading 359.5 yards per game) and worth rostering in PPR leagues.
Yahoo: No. 3 (Previously No. 4)
Stefon Diggs put up 153 yards and a touchdown Sunday. It’s reasonable to think they overpaid in the trade to get Diggs from the Vikings, but it was a bold, aggressive move for a team that saw its window to win a division title (and maybe more) opening up. It’s hard to find a difference-making receiver like Diggs, and they won’t come cheap if they are available.
Pro Football Talk: No. 5 (Previously No. 7)
The Bills finally have found their next Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas, in the same guy.
CBS Sports: No. 5 (Previously No. 6)
The defense gave up some big plays, but they were without two top linebackers. But Josh Allen has to love having Stefon Diggs to throw the football to this season.
NFL.com: No. 6 (Previously No. 6)
The Bills are 2-0 after wins over the Jets and Dolphins, and Josh Allen — so far, at least — is making all his believers look smart. Here’s a fun stat from our NFL Research team: Allen is the second quarterback since 1948 to throw for 700 yards and complete 70 percent of passes with zero interceptions in the first two weeks of a season. The other guy? Patrick Mahomes. Allen’s game has been undoubtedly lifted by the arrival of Stefon Diggs. The wideout has been worth his weight in gold, delivering a 16/239/1 line through two games. A Week 3 showdown with the 2-0 Rams will serve as a great litmus test.
Bleacher Report: No. 6 (Previously No. 7)
To take the next step as a franchise and make a deep playoff run in 2020, the Buffalo Bills need their young quarterback to do the same and improve as a passer in his third season.
If Sunday’s win in Miami is any indication, Josh Allen is doing just that.
The former Wyoming standout had the best game of his career as a passer against the Dolphins, throwing for 417 yards and four touchdowns. Allen made good use of his new No. 1 receiver, connecting with Stefon Diggs on eight passes for 153 yards and a score.
Through two games this season, Allen has thrown for an eye-popping 729 yards with six touchdowns and zero interceptions. However, those numbers come with an asterisk of sorts: They came against two of the NFL’s worst defenses from last year.
Next week’s home tilt with the 2-0 Los Angeles Rams will be Buffalo’s biggest test of the young season. But through two weeks, there’s no denying that Allen and the Bills offense have been impressive.
Washington Post: No. 6 (Previously No. 8)
Josh Allen’s improvement as a passer is striking. If he continues to play at this level, the Bills will make it tough for the Patriots to win another AFC East title.