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What they're saying: Bills hold steady in Week 14 power rankings


RANK 14: BILLS. You can't blow a 15-point lead, even against a good Raiders team, if you're fighting to make the playoffs. Now the focus is on Tyrod Taylor struggling a bit, and his future with the team. It'll be an interesting decision, given his contract situation for 2017. Is Cardale Jones going to be ready by next year?

RANK 14: BILLS. Poof! That 15-point lead they had in the second half against the Raiders vanished in an instant in what turned into 14-point loss.

RANK 15: BILLS. The Bills had the Raiders on the ropes but couldn't close the deal. The secondary was disappointing once again, getting shredded for 29 unanswered points. Tyrod Taylor has to play better if he wants the Bills to pick up his hefty $15.5 million option because he hasn't looked like a franchise quarterback.

RANK 16: BILLS. Bills (6-6; No. 12): Sometimes, a season evaporates slowly. Sometimes, it goes really, really quickly.

RANK 16: BILLS. Tweeted some time during the third quarter Sunday that the Bills looked awfully impressive. Then they were just plain awful. Literally five minutes after that thought bubble punctured the Twitterverse, Tyrod Taylor starting playing like Bruce Mathison (look him up), the defense appeared to be transported by Scotty directly from the Gailey years and the rest of the afternoon became a Silver & Black track meet. Now what? Win out. Steelers, Browns, Dolphins, Jets ... Gotta win out.

RANK 18: BILLS. Tyrod Taylor and the running game haven't been bad, so how are the Bills 6-6? They've lost five games this season when scoring 24 or more points, most in the NFL. The defense will have its hands full again this week with the Steelers.

RANK 18: BILLS. After a miserable 0–2 start, it seemed as if Rex Ryan's Buffalo days were numbered. After a few wins, he's back in that predicament once again: the Bills are 6–6, Ryan admitted he's not sure what ails the defense and Sammy Watkins just criticized his team's mental toughness. Check that schedule, though: If Buffalo can knock off Pittsburgh, a 10–6 record is very doable.

RANK 18: BILLS. Buffalo can rumble as much as it wants with the run, but that doesn't mean anything when Tyrod Taylor is off and the defense falls apart. Flirting with .500 won't make Rex Ryan feel secure at all. This week: vs. Steelers, Sunday

RANK 22: BILLS. Yeah, they've got a half-dozen victories, but they're definitely not Bowl-eligible when you take a closer look at who they've beaten.

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