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What they're saying: Bills climb back into the top 10 in NFL power rankings


Here's what national analysts are saying about the Buffalo Bills in this week's power rankings polls.

7. Buffalo Bills (4-1)

At 4-1, they are starting to have that playoff feel about them. That defense is outstanding and will keep them in a lot of games.

7. Buffalo Bills (4-1)

A classic Bills win that featured turnovers and another suffocating defensive performance. The offense remains a concern, but the D is legit.

8. Bills (4-1; No. 9)

The second-best team in the AFC East is the best third best team in the AFC.

8. Bills (4-1) | Last Week's Rank: 12

The Bills rebounded from the loss to the Patriots to win at Tennessee. They perhaps were a bit fortunate, given the four missed field goals by the Titans. But being lucky is part of being good in the NFL, and the Bills continue to make the case that they're for real.

8. Bills (11)

No team west of Foxborough playing better defense. With three in a row at home after bye, they could easily extend start to 7-1.

9. Buffalo Bills (4-1, LW: 10)

One thing to keep in mind: rookie running back Devin Singletary should be a difference-maker for the offense when he gets healthy. He has missed three games in a row. The Bills don't need a ton of offensive punch either; this defense is really good.

10. Buffalo Bills (4-1)

The voracious Bills defense was at it again on Sunday in Nashville, pounding Marcus Mariota for four quarters in a 14-7 win over the Titans. Buffalo sacked the Tennessee starting quarterback five times, despite the return of TitansPro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan from suspension. (The Bills weren't impressed.) Tennessee converted just four third downs in 14 attempts and managed just 252 total yards. This type of dominance is starting to become a weekly thing for the Bills under head coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. Josh Allen escaped from concussion protocol and made enough plays while avoiding a killer turnover. Buffalo is built to win games 14-7. It's unlikely to be the last time.

10. Buffalo Bills (4-1)

Surprise fantasy player: Frank Gore, RB

We probably shouldn't be surprised at this point, but Gore continues to produce in his 15th season. In the three games Devin Singletary has missed with a hamstring injury, Gore has averaged 81.7 rushing yards and 5.4 yards per carry. That being said, his touches likely will decrease once Singletary returns, so Gore isn't likely to hit the 1,066 rushing yards that he is on pace for. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

11. Buffalo Bills (4-1)

The Buffalo Bills have a better record than the Los Angeles Rams. And the Chicago Bears. And the Los Angeles Chargers. And the Dallas Cowboys.

Five weeks into the season, that may be the biggest surprise of the 2019 campaign.

The Bills aren't piling up style points—or points at all, for that matter. Sunday's win over the Titans was the third time this year that Buffalo failed to score 20 points, and the second game in a row in which it scored fewer than 15.

But thanks to a defense that ranks second in the NFL in both total defense and pass defense and sixth in points allowed, Josh Allen and the Bills don't have to score a lot to win games.

The Bills have plenty to be happy about as the team heads into its bye week, and they may have even more coming out of it.

In Week 7, the Bills get the winless Dolphins.

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