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What they're saying | Bills hold top spots in these NFL power rankings polls


No. 1. Buffalo Bills (12-3)

Four resounding wins in four straight nationally-televised games shows that the Bills are ready to win multiple games in January

No. 2. Buffalo Bills (12-3)

The Bills sent a message on Monday, walking into Gillette Stadium like they owned the place and strutting out with a 38-9 win over the helpless Patriots. This is the same Buffalo franchise that served as a relentless punching bag for New England during the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady reign of terror over the previous two decades. Those days are over now, and you can understand if the Bills saw Monday night as payback for 20 years of misery. Meanwhile, after another dominant performance by Josh Allen, is it time to put his name into the MVP conversation with Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes? If you don't, you're not paying close enough attention to the magic brewing in Western New York.

No. 2. Buffalo Bills (12-3)

Josh Allen and the Bills put an exclamation point on their already-clinched first AFC East title since 1995 by pasting their longtime divisional tormentors — Bill Belichick and New England — on Monday night. Buffalo holds the tiebreaker over Pittsburgh, so it can earn the coveted No. 2 seed (thus, avoiding the Chiefs until the AFC Championship game) with a Week 17 win or a Steelers loss. Next: Sunday vs. Miami

No. 2. Buffalo Bills (12-3)

Anyone else getting excited for a Bills-Chiefs AFC championship game? That could be a lot of fun.

No. 3. Buffalo Bills (12-3)

AFC field shaping up so Josh Allen might face Patrick Mahomes in conference title game. How much fun would that gunslinger showdown be?

No. 3. Buffalo Bills (12-3)

That offense will carry them a long way in the postseason. Josh Allen is playing a high level.

No. 3. Buffalo Bills (12-3)

New Year's resolution: Get comfortable with a target on their backs

The Bills are a tough team to find a resolution for -- they're doing almost everything well as the regular season rounds out. But after winning the AFC East for the first time in 25 years, it'll be hard to play the underdog card that Buffalo has often played the past two seasons. There will be raised expectations for the Bills once the calendar turns; they'll need to be as comfortable with a target on their backs as they were with a chip on their shoulders. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

No. 3. Buffalo Bills (12-3)

The Kansas City Chiefs are widely regarded as the favorites to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LV. The Chiefs are 14-1, the defending champs and own a win over the Bills. But if Monday's blowout of the New England Patriots is any indication, the Bills aren't far off—at all. The Bills destroyed an overmatched team at Gillette Stadium. Josh Allen had all day in the pocket and made the most of it with 320 passing yards and four scores in just over three quarters of work. Wide receiver Stefon Diggs set a new franchise record for receiving yards (and helped more than a few folks win fantasy championships) with nine catches for 145 yards and three scores. The Bills can wrap up the No. 2 seed in the AFC (and knock another division rival out of the playoffs) next week with a win over the Miami Dolphins. And there isn't a team in the conference that wants to play this one right now—the Chiefs included.

No. 4. Buffalo Bills (12–3)

Next week: vs. Miami

Some say they had already clinched the AFC East, but it really took that pantsing of the Patriots in Foxboro, before a national audience, to really make it official.

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