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What they're saying: Where the Bills rank in NFL power rankings


RANK 11: BILLS. Merely a guess here, but thinking Rex Ryan's job is not in jeopardy right about now. So will these Bills break their fans' hearts? If the defense performs as it has the last three weeks, some integral parts get healthier (please, Sammy Watkins), and LeSean McCoy continues to rip off Shady-style runs, anything is possible. There are no world beaters in the AFC right now. The Patriots already fell to these guys (though they were without Mr. Brady). The Steelers are vulnerable in the secondary. The Broncos have trouble stopping the run (hello again, Shady). You get the point. #Billsmafia


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RANK 11: BILLS. What has gotten into Rex Ryan's Bills? They've won three straight after firing their offensive coordinator, doing so without the help of injured receiver Sammy Watkins. Ryan has the Bills playing hard once again, both offensively and defensively. It's not easy going across the country and playing on the road, which they did in Sunday's win. Just ask the Cardinals how they feel about that.

RANK 11: BILLS. That 0-2 start by Rex Ryan's club has been long forgotten as the Bills have now gone on the road the last two weeks and notched wins over the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams. In Sunday's victory on the west coast, running back LeSean McCoy looked awfully spry. He rushed for 150 yards on a mere 18 carries and Buffalo racked up 193 yards in the ground against the vaunted Los Angeles' defense. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw for only 124 yards but connected for two scores. He was also sacked only twice by Rams defenders as Ryan's squad played turnover-free football in the impressive victory.

Next Week: For the second straight Sunday and the third time in four weeks, the Bills will face an NFC West opponent as they host Chip Kelly and the reeling 1-4 San Francisco 49ers. Buffalo hopes to take advantage of a Niners' team that has lost four straight games and allowed a combined 140 points in those setbacks.

Playoff hopes: After that miserable start, the Bills are suddenly riding a three-game winning streak and appear to be playing with a lot of confidence. Early conference losses to the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets may come back to bite them but that's nothing to worry about at the moment.

RANK 11: BILLS. Expectations have returned for the Bills, who really should move to 5–2 considering how their next two opponents (San Francisco and Miami) have been playing. And if they make that happen, might we request someone strap a microphone to Rex Ryan for the entire week leading up to Buffalo's Week 8 rematch with New England?


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RANK 12: BILLS. LeSean McCoy still has it. He looked great in gaining 150 yards on 18 carries against the Rams. The Bills aren't going to light it up in the passing game, so they need many more games like that from McCoy.

RANK 13: BILLS. LeSean McCoy averaged 58.5 rushing yards before Anthony Lynn took over offense, but has produced 110 yards per game (all wins) since.

RANK 14: BILLS. At 3-2, they've really turned their season around. LeSean McCoy is running wild.


Current record: 3-2

Last week: 19 ( 4)

So much for Rex Ryan's red-hot coaching seat.

His team has rattled off three consecutive wins. The latest: an impressive road win in Los Angeles that saw Ryan's offensive line steamroll the Rams.

If you didn't believe me when I said LeSean McCoy was back, you better believe me now. The veteran ran through lanes like he was speeding on the 405. He rattled off 150 ground yards on only 18 carries, including a second-quarter scamper that went 53 yards.

Ryan's defense came up with its own big plays to match. Nickell Robey-Coleman snagged a 41-yard pix-six. Lorenzo Alexander tallied three sacks. Todd Gurley was held under 100 yards yet again.

Looking ahead: Don't look now, but the Bills have a winning record! And another winnable game against the 49ers at home.

RANK 16: Since coach Rex Ryan and the Bills made the switch at offensive coordinator, the team is 3-0 and averaging a whopping 178 rushing yards per game on 5.9 yards per rush. The move seemed unnecessary, but give Rex's crew credit: It has worked so far.

Number 1 Rank: Nickell Robey-Coleman. While Buffalo's top two cornerbacks (Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby) continued their relative struggles in Sunday's win over the Rams, Robey-Coleman was near-perfect. He played 25 snaps as the team's slot corner and was thrown at three times in the game, allowing no catches and picking off two passes. Rams QB Case Keenum had a passer rating of 0.0 when targeting him in the game.

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