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What they're saying: Bills move into top 15 in NFL power rankings


RANK 12: BILLS. Such an important win for the Bills on Sunday. At 6-5, they are still a game back in the wild-card race. Yet, two of the teams they trail are certainly vulnerable. The 7-4 Broncos still have games remaining against the Patriots, Chiefs and Raiders. The Dolphins are the weakest team in the NFL with seven wins or more. Buffalo will host Adam Gase's upstarts at New Era Field on Christmas Eve. Then Rex Ryan's outfit closes out the season in, of all places, MetLife Stadium against those lovable Jets. #footballisfamily

RANK 12: BILLS. Sammy Watkins' 62-yard catch was huge for the Bills. Not just in that game, but for the rest of the season. The Bills don't have a receiver that's close to Watkins' level, when he's healthy. Hopefully he stays healthy the rest of the season.

RANK 12: BILLS. The NFL is better when Rex Ryan is in it, and the Bills may be doing enough to ensure that he will be.

RANK 13: BILLS. It was ugly, but the Bills got the job done against the Jaguars. Tyrod Taylor made due with what he had at wide receiver and let his playmakers make plays at key moments. LeSean McCoy being fully healthy certainly helps, allowing the Bills to lean on the run. A date with the Raiders in Oakland next week will be a huge test for Buffalo.

RANK 13: BILLS. Can the Bills find four more wins on a schedule that still includes games with Oakland, Pittsburgh and Miami? Does Rex Ryan deserve Coach of the Year consideration if he somehow gets his team to the playoffs? Is that Rob Ryan's real hair or does he just refuse to take off a Gandalf wig? All questions without easy answers.

RANK 14: BILLS. The Bills haven't surrendered, but their path to a playoff spot does not seem particularly realistic.


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RANK 14: BILLS. Tough road ahead with trip to Oakland followed by visit from Steelers. Bills need to win both to be relevant down the stretch.


We know Buffalo is a second-half team, but c'mon.

A full 60-minute performance has eluded Rex Ryan's team in 2016. Come playoff time, LeSean McCoy (75-yard run to start the second half) and Sammy Watkins (62-yard catch) won't be available to bail the Bills out.

In fact, they might not be available at all. Buffalo kept a team quarterbacked by Blake Bortles competitive. It couldn't keep a team quarterbacked by Blake Bortles off the scoreboard when it reached the red zone. It might not have what it takes to make the playoff cut against more competent passers.

RANK 15: BILLS. Along with Seattle, they've committed the fewest turnovers (6) to this point. Not bad for such an undisciplined team.

RANK 17: BILLS. Not only are the Bills 6-5, but they also have the sixth-best point differential this season, better than the 8-3 Chiefs, the 7-3-1 Seahawks and even the 9-2 Raiders, whom Buffalo travels to play this week.

RANK 17: BILLS. When Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy are feeding off each other and rushing effectively for chunk gains, they have the ideal ground to complement their defensive pound. Watch for Sammy Watkins sparking a final surge.

RANK 20: BILLS. By rallying to beat the Jaguars, they are still alive and kicking in the playoff chase. They face a tough, long trip to Oakland this week.

RANK 23: BILLS. Glass half full: They're one game out of the wild-card slot. Glass half empty: Only team they've beaten above .500 was Brady-less Pats in Week 4.

What they're saying: National media on the Bills

  1. Richie Incognito, Buffalo Bills

Against the Jaguars, Bills guard Richie Incognito was pretty close to flawless. He didn't allow any pressures over 29 pass-blocking snaps, despite quarterback Tyrod Taylor averaging a league-high 3.7 seconds with the ball in his hands. Incognito was also a force in the running game, helping Buffalo rack up 150 yards on the ground and routinely moving his man from the point of attack.

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