Buffalo Bills: Positional Rankings & Grades for Top Players

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Colton Pool @CPoolReporter Aug 31, 2022, 2:23 PM
  • The Bills are one of the most complete teams in the NFL.
  • The Bills are the NFL betting favorite to win the Super Bowl.

After falling short in a thrilling playoff shootout, the Bills seem to be poised for a Super Bowl run in 2022. They have the best NFL odds to win this season’s title at +650.

Here’s a position-by-position look at the Bills, one of the most complete teams in the NFL.

Quarterback Rankings: Josh Allen

Josh Allen is ranked No. 3 out of the 32 starting NFL QBs for the 2022 season, with an overall grade of 94/100.

Allen never proved how great of a quarterback he can be more than in his most recent game. In a postseason shootout against the Chiefs that went to overtime, Allen threw for 329 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the final two minutes with no picks.

For the season, Allen was 11th in DYAR and 15th in DVOA. But he was rated third by PFF for offensive production among QBs in part because he was the top-graded rushing QB.

With an impressive offensive arsenal, Allen should be able to take another step up.

Running Back Rankings: Devin Singletary and James Cook

The Bills’ running back group featuring Devin Singletary and James Cook is ranked No. 16 for the upcoming 2022 NFL season, with an overall grade of 72/100.

The Bills were graded the best ground attack by PFF and were ninth in rush DVOA in 2021. Singletary played a key role in that, though he was 16th in DYAR and 20th in DVOA last season.

The Bills also drafted former Georgia running back James Cook in the second round this year, who will either provide depth or challenge Singletary for the lead role.

Wide Receiver and Tight End Rankings: Stefon Diggs, Gabriel Davis and Dawson Knox

The Bills’ wide receiver and tight end group featuring Stefon Diggs, Gabriel Davis and Dawson Knox is ranked No. 10 for the upcoming 2022 NFL season, with an overall grade of 85/100.

Diggs remains one of the most formidable wide receivers in the league. He was eighth in the NFL in 2021 with 1,225 yards to go with 103 catches and 10 touchdowns.

After scoring four touchdowns in the Bills’ playoff loss to the Chiefs, Davis is expected to take a step up in his third year. The Bills also picked up Jamison Crowder and drafted Khalil Shakir out wide. 

At tight end, Knox was eighth in DYAR and 10th in DVOA after catching 49 passes for 587 yards and nine touchdowns. The Bills also added OJ Howard in free agency to provide depth.

Offensive Line Rankings

The Bills’ offensive line is ranked No. 14 for the upcoming 2022 NFL season, with an overall grade of 76/100.

The Bills face massive expectations this season, and they trust their O-line to rise to the challenge. They were second in adjusted sack rate and 12th in adjusted line yards last season.

They return four players who started at least 10 games up front. Dion Dawkins was 17th among tackles in PFF’s grades last season.

Defensive Line and Linebackers Rankings

The Bills’ front seven is ranked No. 2 for the upcoming 2022 NFL season, with an overall grade of 96/100.

The Bills were top 10 in both adjusted line yards (fourth) and adjusted sack rate (seventh). Their run defense grade via PFF was 13th and their pass rush was 10th.

They then made a splash move by signing future Hall of Fame pass rusher Von Miller. Former Pro Bowler Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano, 23rd in PFF’s linebacker grades, are reliable defenders.

Secondary Rankings

The Bills’ secondary is ranked No. 1 for the upcoming 2022 NFL season, with an overall grade of 99/100.

Three of the Bills’ starting four defensive backs are former Pro Bowlers or All-Pros. In 2021, Jordan Poyer made the All-Pro team and was PFF’s 12th-highest graded safety.

Micah Hyde, though, was tied for fifth in those grades at safety. While playing just 11 games in 2021, Tre’Davious White made the Pro Bowl the previous two seasons and is among the best corners in the game.

Taron Johnson was 29th in PFF’s cornerback grades. While Dane Jackson is another projected starting corner, the Bills also picked up Kaiir Elam in this year’s draft to infuse this group with young talent.

Buffalo Bills Average Positional Score: 89.6

Super Bowl Odds

TeamConference ChampionshipOpening OddsWild CardDivisionalTicket%Handle%
BillsOff the Board75037532512.4%16.1%
Chiefs27075032528010.4%11.6%
Bengals270120075080010.0%10.0%
Eagles25040005005008.7%9.0%
49ers30016004504008.7%10.7%
CowboysOff the Board1200160011005.4%4.8%
BuccaneersOff the Board25002500Off the board5.0%5.9%
ChargersOff the Board25002500Off the board4.3%3.8%
PackersOff the Board1600Off the boardOff the board3.7%3.3%
VikingsOff the Board40003000Off the board3.3%2.6%
BroncosOff the Board1600Off the boardOff the board3.0%2.3%
RavensOff the Board20004000Off the board2.8%2.0%
GiantsOff the Board6600660025002.5%1.9%
DolphinsOff the Board50008000Off the board2.5%4.9%
RamsOff the Board1100Off the boardOff the board2.1%1.5%
LionsOff the Board15000Off the boardOff the board2.0%1.3%
JaguarsOff the Board10000500035001.8%1.0%
RaidersOff the Board5000Off the boardOff the board1.4%1.3%
ColtsOff the Board2500Off the boardOff the board1.3%1.0%
TitansOff the Board2200Off the boardOff the board1.2%0.8%
SeahawksOff the Board400010000Off the board1.0%0.5%
SteelersOff the Board4000Off the boardOff the board0.9%0.5%
CardinalsOff the Board2000Off the boardOff the board0.9%0.7%
JetsOff the Board15000Off the boardOff the board0.8%0.5%
SaintsOff the Board4000Off the boardOff the board0.7%0.6%
PatriotsOff the Board2200Off the boardOff the board0.7%0.4%
BrownsOff the Board3000Off the boardOff the board0.7%0.4%
CommandersOff the Board5000Off the boardOff the board0.5%0.3%
BearsOff the Board6600Off the boardOff the board0.4%0.2%
PanthersOff the Board5000Off the boardOff the board0.3%0.1%
TexansOff the Board15000Off the boardOff the board0.3%0.1%
FalconsOff the Board5000Off the boardOff the board0.3%0.1%

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Colton Pool

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Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.

Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.