1. Bills rank Top 3 in Yahoo's Power Rankings
This is not a drill. The Bills are ranked No. 3 in Yahoo’s Power Rankings this week up from No. 4 last week.
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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.
Don't stop reading now because it gets even better. Yahoo's Frank Schwab thinks quarterback Josh Allen deserves to be in the too-early MVP candidate conversation after putting together two record-breaking performances to start the season.
Allen leads the NFL with 729 passing yards. He has six touchdowns and no interceptions. He also has 75 yards rushing. Week 2 is way too early to talk about MVP candidates, but it's also fair to say that if Allen plays anywhere near this level all season, he'll be in the mix. Russell Wilson is the obvious two-week MVP, if there is such thing, and Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and others will likely pass Allen in the race before the year is over. But Allen doesn't need to be the best quarterback in the NFL for the Bills to be good. If he's even in the top eight or so, Buffalo can compete with anyone. And Allen looks like he could be at least in that range.
2. Why Josh Allen is silencing his critics
CBS Sports personality and NFL.com columnist Adam Schein has continued his support of the Bills after a hot start to the 2020 season. In his Schein Nine, Schein noted nine things he loved and hated from Week 2.
At the top of the list is Josh Allen. Schein spells out why the Allen haters need to disappear.
The No. 7 overall pick from 2018 has a rocket arm, dangerous legs and a spectacular work ethic. After showing flashes as a rookie, Allen blossomed in Year 2, helping Buffalo nab a wild-card slot by routinely answering the bell in the clutch (SEE: four fourth-quarter comebacks and five game-winning drives, both league-highs). Now he's taking the next step to stardom, thanks to his continued growth -- and GM Brandon Beane's brilliant trade.
Beane and head coach Sean McDermott have done a spectacular job in building the team around their franchise signal-caller. And no single move currently shines brighter than the March acquisition of Stefon Diggs. Buffalo gave up a lot in the deal with Minnesota, including a first-round pick, but the Bills received a true No. 1 receiver, as evidenced by Diggs' prolific effort on Sunday. With eight catches for 153 yards and a touchdown in the three-point win at Miami, Diggs was a game-changer. The trade was a season-changer. The bona fide WR1 takes Allen -- and Buffalo -- to the next level.
3. What Leslie Frazier thinks of Jordan Poyer's growth
Safety Jordan Poyer is in his fourth season with the Buffalo Bills, and assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has seen a lot of growth in him since he first got to Buffalo. Poyer has totaled 22 passes defensed in three seasons, with a career-high 13 in 2017. The safety has also recorded six sacks, forced five fumbles and 276 total tackles.
"He comes from being just a guy who was kind of in the background trying to find his way to being a leader on our team, not just on our defense, and making plays all over the place," Frazier said. "So just seeing the growth as a person and as a football player as well is something that we're all very pleased with. He's a guy that you can talk to about strategy as well because he understands the game at a high level, and that helps me as a coach as well just to be able to bounce ideas off of him.
"We had a situation in the game where we wanted to make an adjustment and he felt like we could get it done. We talked about it, we made that adjustment on the sideline and went out and executed on the field. It helps to have a guy who thinks at that high level, who's a very talented football player as well. His growth in his leadership role is what I've probably seen the most."