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What they're saying: Bills move up in NFL power rankings


Rank 6: BILLS. Ever since the Bills faked their own death back in Week 2, they've been playing about as well as any team in football. With its blowout win over San Francisco, Buffalo now boasts the NFL's best point differential (59), one better than the first-place Patriots.​

RANK 7: BILLS. So happy for these guys. As mentioned previously in this space, I reserve the right to cheer for the Bills. When the early injuries (and one very important suspension) contributed to an 0-2 start, I feared we were in for another empty, 8-8, playoff-less season. Well, now look: Buffalo is 4-2 after taking four in a row, including a huge division win over the Patriots. The defense looks fantastic. Soon it will be Shaq-tastic, when the first-round pick gets healthy. Sure would be nice to have Marcell Dareus back this week ... jussssst in time for the Dolphins.

RANK 7: BILLS. Beware the look-ahead game: The Bills play at Miami this week, and then have the Patriots at home in what will be one of the biggest games in Buffalo in years. But they can't afford to be thinking about the Patriots this week.


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RANK 8: BILLS. 2.92: The blocking that has led to the Bills averaging 211.8 rush yards per game the past four weeks has translated to the passing game. Tyrod Taylor is averaging an NFL-high 2.92 seconds before passing this season, giving him plenty of time to find a depleted group of receivers.

RANK 8: BILLS. Rex Ryan and new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn keep climbing the ladder. Four consecutive wins. A legitimate MVP candidate in superstar running back LeSean McCoy, who ripped off three more touchdowns in a rout over the 49ers. The Dolphins, fresh off their upset against the Steelers, await in South Beach.

RANK 8: BILLS. From near the bottom to No. 8, the Bills have experienced quite the rise since firing offensive coordinator Greg Roman after Week 2. They've won four straight and have the best point differential in the NFL as Buffalo has dominated its opponents the past four weeks. The Bills still have plenty to prove, particularly in the passing game, but there's plenty of hope as long as LeSean McCoy keeps running the way he has been.


Current record: 4-2

Last week: 15 ( 6)

Rex Ryan is deploying his dream defense right now.

Zach Brown and Lorenzo Alexander (two combined sacks) continue their standout seasons. That secondary is flying around. And we haven't even seen Marcell Dareus yet.

Ryan has the offense to match. These Bills remind me of his early Jets teams—power running to complement all the exotic defensive stuff Ryan loves. No team plays better with a lead.

Only the Dallas Cowboys get this much production from running backs. LeSean McCoy is playing like it's 2011. In fact, his three-touchdown effort in Week 6 is his first since that year. He needs to be mentioned in any MVP discussions starting right now.

Looking forward: Le'Veon Bell could've had 175 rushing yards against Miami last week. Let's see if the Bills let LeSean McCoy try.


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RANK 9: BILLS. Little surprising we haven't seen or heard Rex Ryan pounding his chest after the Bills have come to life in western New York.

RANK 10: BILLS. The Bills are in a great spot.

They're one game behind the Patriots in the AFC East and they've already beaten New England in Foxboro. Granted, the win that came over New England and kicked off the team's current four-game win streak came without Brady at QB.

It's still hard to imagine Buffalo being in a better position.

RANK 11: BILLS. They've ripped off four consecutive victories. But now the schedule gets really tough the next month, starting with a road game at Miami.

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Offense: I could care less what Tyrod Taylor's stats say. The quality of his completions is what stands out. New offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn asked him to clean up on third down on the rare occasion the 49ers stopped LeSean McCoy (140 rushing yards, 3 TD). He kept the chains moving, particularly when San Francisco brought additional blitzers.

Defense: The Bills blew coverage on a streaking Torrey Smith. They also allowed Colin Kaepernick to break outside and pick up a few rushing first downs. Other than that, they dominated the day. There's not a better linebacking tandem than Zach Brown and Lorenzo Alexander. And they're doing this all without Marcell Dareus.

Grade: A

LeSean McCoy, running back, Buffalo. The man is on fire, and he's doing it in a very neat and mathematically easy fashion. In the four games since Anthony Lynn has taken the offensive coordinator reins from the dismissed Greg Roman, McCoy has rushed for 110, 70, 150 and, on Sunday against the Niners, 140 yards. He added three touchdowns on Sunday. Over four games, McCoy has produced 117.5 yards per game, 6.44 yards per carry, and five touchdowns. I'd guess he likes Lynn's play-calling. And Buffalo's offensive line. "They whipped the 49ers up and down the field," McCoy said.

Defensive interior: Kyle Williams, Buffalo Bills, 86.1

Much like the Bills, Kyle Williams has had a little revival this season. Williams looked firmly in the twilight of his career last year, but has showed recently that, at least against weaker opposition, he can still be very effective. He beat the 49ers for two QB hits and four hurries, though he couldn't finish any with a sack.

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Buffalo Bills: Like the Redskins, theBills have won four straight, and they tallied nearly 500 yards of total offenseagainst the 49ers on Sunday. Buffalo, running behind the likes of Cordy Glennand Eric Wood, had 312 yards on the ground -- the fifth highest total in franchise history -- and dominated in time of possession (35:11). You can betLeSean McCoy wanted to have a big day going against Chip Kelly, the coach who traded him away when he was in Philly -- and he definitely did, notching 19 carries for 140 yards (7.4 yards per carry) and three touchdowns, with 106 of those yards coming in the first half. He has had at least 110 yards in three of the last four games. In addition, the Bills led the league this week in rushing yards before contact (147).

Having a mobile quarterback certainly helps the offensive line, as Tyrod Taylor contributed 68 yards on the ground. Taylor was actually sacked three times, but all of those sacks came on scrambles, so they were not attributed to the O-line.

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