The Buffalo Bills have fallen to the middle of the pack in an average of 10 national power rankings following Sunday's 28-25 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Buffalo's average position is 14.3 in the 10 rankings from national outlets. All but one of them had Buffalo as a top-10 team going into the Miami game. The average drop was nearly six spots (5.9 to be exact).
For the rest of the 2016 season, the rankings will be averaged here every Tuesday:
• NFL.com, Eliot Harrison, No. 13 (down from No. 7): "Why the significant drop following a close road loss? One reason: With all the missing personnel this team has endured, the single player it can't afford to be without is LeSean McCoy. This is a run-first team that's already down its top two wideouts. So it will be difficult for Tyrod Taylor to pick up the slack through the air if Shady is out for any extended period of time. Shocking that this front seven – or any front seven – let Jay Ajayi rack up two bills (his second straight week hitting that mark). Yikes."
• ESPN.com, No. 16 (down from No. 8): "The Bills couldn't get their ground game going against the Dolphins and they lost, a common theme for them this season. The Bills are averaging 73 rushing yards in losses and 212 rushing yards in wins. They ripped off 134 the first time they played the Patriots in Week 4. Can they do it again this week?"
• CBSsports.com, Pete Prisco, No. 20 (down from No. 11): "That loss at Miami hurts even more when you see the next three games. It starts with a tough one against the Patriots. This time it's with Tom Brady."
• FOXsports.com, Cameron DaSilva, No. 14 (down from No. 8): "Were we quick to anoint the Bills after seemingly discounting them too soon, as well? Possibly. The Dolphins sold out to stop Buffalo’s ground game and challenged Tyrod Taylor to beat them with a limited wide receiver group, and it worked. The Bills need to find ways to be successful through the air without Sammy Watkins because a hindered LeSean McCoy can’t carry the load every week."
• Bleacher Report, Chris Simms, No. 12 (down from No. 9): "The Bills sorely miss Marcell Dareus on the interior of that defense. For the first time since their 0-2 start, it showed. Buffalo needs someone to eat up blocks on the interior to free up guys such as Jerry Hughes and Zach Brown. Without that, a good offensive line such as Miami's can get rolling. LeSean McCoy's loss hit Buffalo just as hard. It was clear its offensive MVP couldn't shoulder his normal workload. He couldn't even act as Tyrod Taylor's security blanket in the flat. Why did No. 25 even suit up?"
• Washington Post, Mark Maske, No. 15 (down from No. 5): "Isn’t it just like the Bills to lose in Miami right when things were going so well? Now they must try to regroup Sunday by hosting the Patriots and they very well could be without RB LeSean McCoy because of his hamstring injury."
• Pro Football Talk, Mike Florio, No. 15 (down from No. 10): "The Bills last swept the Patriots in the same year the Bills last went to the playoffs. Ending one streak on Sunday would go a long way toward ending the other one."
• Yahoo.com, Frank Schwab, No. 13 (down from No. 7): Bad, bad loss at Miami but it was a classic look-ahead game, with a home game against the Patriots on deck. Now Sunday’s game is practically a must-win. If the Bills lose, the Patriots will lead the AFC East by three games with eight to go.
.• USA Today, No. 13 (down from No. 9): "So after beating up on the Brady-less Patriots four weeks ago, will turnabout be fair play Sunday given Shady McCoy will not be 100%?"
• SB Nation, Adam Stites: No. 12, down from No. 10.