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What they're saying: NFL power rankings for the Bills this week


Tight end: Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills, 89.1

Catching all seven of the passes thrown his way, Charles Clay ended the game against Cleveland with 72 receiving yards and a score. His touchdown required an impressive adjustment to a badly underthrown pass from QB Tyrod Taylor, despite a coverage bust on the play, and for the game, Clay beat five different Browns defenders for catches.

RANK 17: BILLS. The only silver lining for the Bills when they get eliminated from the playoffs is being able to shut Sammy Watkins down. He's obviously not fully healthy and they don't want him suffering an injury that ruins his offseason.


Current record: 7-7

Last week: 19 ( 1)

Buffalo probably knew it could get a special day out of LeSean McCoy.

Shady tore up the Browns to the tune of 153 rushing yards and two scores. But so did Charles Clay (72 yards, touchdown)—and that's just a bonus for a team teetering on the playoff edge.

Also a bonus: getting Kyle Williams back. He's the big guy who plugged all of Cleveland's runs (Robert Griffin III was the Browns' leading rusher with 48 yards) and added 1.5 sacks. Buffalo missed him something fierce.

Looking forward: If Rex Ryan is going down after the season, he's going down swinging. Expect Matt Moore to face the gambit of Ryan's blitz packages.


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RANK 18: BILLS. Rex Ryan is coaching for his job each and every week, which makes every victory that much more important. That alone gives the Bills motivation, even if they're in serious danger of missing the playoffs. LeSean McCoy has been their best player all year, but he can't do enough to allow Tyrod Taylor and Ryan to keep their jobs. They both could be out in 2017.

RANK 18: BILLS.  Buffalo could be plotting a new future at the quarterback position. After all, who would pay him $27.5 million for next season?

RANK 19: BILLS. What to make of the Bills? Still alive in the postseason race? Check. Blowout win? Check. Against one of the worst teams of the modern era? Uh, yeah -- check. Speculation ran rampant regarding both Rex Ryan and Tyrod Taylor's future in Buffalo this week. Both men will find the next two weeks more promising if the Bills run like they did Sunday. Shady McCoy scampered past the 1,000-yard mark on the season while the offense ran up 280 rushing yards on the hapless Browns. Getting back to the point: It's difficult to consider firing a head coach who is 15-15 with his team still in the playoff hunt. And considering this is only Taylor's second year starting, and given the uneven play of established starters like Andy Dalton, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Cam Newton, Carson Palmer, Blake Bortles, Sam Bradford and so on, can we really judge Taylor so quickly and definitively?

RANK 19: BILLS. Have you heard that Rex Ryan probably won't keep his job as coach of the Bills? Has that been reported anywhere yet?

RANK 20: BILLS. At .500, they play a big game this week with Miami. It looks like Rex Ryan is in trouble -- no matter what.

RANK 21: BILLS. Hat tip to ESPN for this one -- of Rex Ryan's 15 wins in Buffalo, two have come against playoff teams (Texans in 2015, Brady-less Pats in 2016).

RANK 25: BILLS. The Bills keep hovering around the .500 mark -- and not just this season. Buffalo is 24-22 the past three seasons, and have no playoff berths to show for it. The Bills are still technically alive, and a win against Miami on Saturday could keep them in the hunt.

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