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No. 4 - Bills (7-3)

A showdown with the Steelers is looming, and a division title is waiting.

No. 5 - Bills (7-3)

What they're thankful for: A franchise quarterback

Although he improved drastically in his second year, the jury was still out on Josh Allen being the Bills' franchise quarterback. The thought was, by the middle of the 2020 season it would be clear whether he was worthy of the title. Ten games in, he has the Bills at 7-3, in position to win their first AFC East title since 1995 and ranks seventh in the NFL in passing yards. He is a legitimate MVP candidate at his best and a good starter at his worst. After nearly two decades of below-average play at the position, Buffalo fans can sit comfortably knowing Allen will captain this offense for years to come. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

No. 5 - Buffalo Bills (7–3)

Josh Allen's rise to stardom has masked a struggling defense, but the fact that they lost their No. 2 and 3 corners 24 hours before the trip to Arizona and still came within a Hail Mary of winning counts as encouraging. And with the Dolphins losing in Denver and struggling to figure out their quarterback situation, the likely worst-case scenario for the Bills is an AFC East championship game against Miami during Week 17 in Orchard Park.

No. 5 - Buffalo Bills (7-3)

The bye week came at an inopportune time for the Buffalo Bills, in that it gave them an extra week to stew while watching replays of the "Hail Murray" play that brought about their third loss of the season.

Despite that heartbreaker, the Bills are 7-3 for the second year in a row and come out of the bye in first place in the AFC East. The schedule sets up relatively well down the stretch for the Bills. Only two of the team's last six games are against teams that sport a winning record—a prime-time tilt with the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 14 and the season finale against the surprising Miami Dolphins. Both of those games are in the friendly confines of Bills Stadium.

Part of the reason the NFL schedules so many intra-divisional games on the last weekend of the regular season is to add some drama to Week 17. With the Bills and Dolphins locked in a battle for a division that has belonged to the New England Patriots for the past decade-plus, that one could be for all the marbles.

No. 7 - Buffalo Bills (7-3)

The weather is about ready to turn in Western New York, which means it's time for the Bills to finally figure out their running game. It's been a near-constant issue this season, and it puts too much pressure on Josh Allen and the passing game on a week-by-week basis. Sean McDermott told reporters at the beginning of the Week 11 bye that he wants to find ways to improve the ground attack, and you have to expect that might mean more opportunities for third-round rookie Zack Moss. Devin Singletary's high-end abilities as a pass protector will keep him in the mix, but Moss deserves a shot to show what he can do in early-down situations. A subplot to watch Sunday against the Chargers.

No. 8 - Buffalo Bills (7-3)

They come off the bye with a little breathing room in the division with Miami losing. They have to be better on defense down the stretch.

No. 8 - Buffalo Bills (7-3)

The Dolphins loss was a big one for the Bills, who are back to having some breathing room in the division. The Bills want to make sure a Week 17 game against the Dolphins doesn't have any impact on the division race.

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