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What they're saying | Bills approach the top of these NFL power rankings polls

Jake Kumerow (87) touchdown Buffalo Bills vs Denver Broncos, December 19, 2020 at Empower Field at Mile High. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing
Jake Kumerow (87) touchdown Buffalo Bills vs Denver Broncos, December 19, 2020 at Empower Field at Mile High. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing

No. 2. Bills (11-3): If anyone from The Field is going to beat the Chiefs, it's the Bills.

No. 2 Buffalo Bills (11-3)

When you haven't won a division title since "Wonderwall" was on the charts, you don't go in through the back door. The Bills announced themselves as AFC East champions with authority, bludgeoning the Broncos in a 48-19 coronation at Mile High. Josh Allen accounted for four more touchdowns in his latest superstar-level performance, while the rising Buffalo defense continued its December surge. Buffalo piled up 534 yards of total offense, led by playmaking wideouts Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley, who will soon become the first Bills receivers to go over 1,000 yards in the same season since Peerless Price and Eric Moulds back in 2002. The Bills are a rising tidal wave headed for the great wall that is the Kansas City Chiefs.

No. 2. Buffalo Bills (11-3)

Most underrated star: WR Cole Beasley

While most of the focus on the Bills' wide receiver corps has deservedly been on Stefon Diggs, Beasley has put together the best season of his career. He has set personal highs in receptions, yards and yards per catch, and with two games left, he is just 50 yards from his first 1,000-yard season. Beasley is a safety net for quarterback Josh Allen, and this offense would have a difficult time moving the ball without him -- even with Diggs' spectacular numbers. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

No. 2. Buffalo Bills (11–3)

Next week: at New England (Mon.)

Josh Allen's all grown up, and so is this Bills group—and it's no mistake they're here. Four years of building has manifested in an AFC power that looks like it could be Kansas City's long-term foil in the conference.

No. 3. Buffalo Bills (11-3)

Wish: A willingness to be bold against Mahomes and the Chiefs in a potential playoff matchup. Are we getting ahead of ourselves? Sure. But the Bills were impressive once again in Week 15, and there's no reason to doubt their offense. Josh Allen is playing great, Brian Daboll schemes up explosive plays every week and Stefon Diggs leads a talented group of pass catchers. If you're a daydreaming Bills fan, you're already thinking about how your team could match up better against the Chiefs than it did in a loss earlier this season. One area where they could have an edge is Sean McDermott's game management against Andy Reid's. What's the right formula for the Bills to beat the Chiefs? Maybe it means being even more aggressive on fourth down than usual. Trying to score touchdowns at nearly any cost. A trick play or two on special teams. A defensive wrinkle to steal a possession. If the Bills face the Chiefs in the playoffs, it can't just be a "line up and play" approach. They need to be aggressive, and McDermott has to give them an edge. This would be a really fun matchup and is one I'm hoping we get in January.

No. 3. Buffalo Bills (11-3)

They are flying high on offense now. The Bills have already won the AFC East, which is the first time since 1996. They will be dangerous come playoff time.

No. 3. Buffalo Bills (11-3)

The Bills are AFC East champions for the first time since 1995, but head coach Sean McDermott declared after Saturday's blowout of Denver that they "still have work to do." Buffalo also hasn't won a playoff game over that 25-year span, but Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs and the Bills clearly look like they plan to be a factor in the AFC. Next: Monday at New England

No. 3. Buffalo Bills (11-3)

The last time the Buffalo Bills were champions of the AFC East, Bill Clinton was in his first term as president. The top grossing movie that year was Batman Forever (the Val Kilmer one). The highest-selling album was Cracked Rear View by Hootie and the Blowfish. Bills quarterback Josh Allen wasn't even born yet. In other words: 1995 was a long time ago. Twenty-five years later, the Bills are kings of the division once again after blasting the Broncos in Denver. But as Allen told his teammates after the game, the Bills have their sights set higher than just an AFC East title.

"We did something that nobody's done in a long time," Allen told reporters. "Understand what's at stake, though. Understand what there is out there more for us. This hat's fine and dandy. This hat and shirt's fine and dandy. I want the one that says Super Bowl champs."

Given that the Bills are playing arguably their best football of the season as the postseason nears. Allen's aspiration isn't unreasonable.

No. 3. Buffalo Bills (11-3)

QB Josh Allen spreads wealth nicely, Buffalo's 13 players with TD grabs tying league record ... though one of those scores belongs to Allen himself.

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