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Bills inching up power rankings

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2013 – 10:13 am

We can all take the widespread NFL Power Rankings for what they’re worth, which is nothing more than someone’s opinion on which teams are better than others. What happens on the field obviously matters a whole lot more. In any event the Bills are slowly working their way up the rankings boards in the following national postings.

NFL.com, Elliot Harrison – No. 21, up five
OK, who would have thought coming into the year that Buffalo could have beaten the Dolphins inMiami with Thad Lewis at quarterback and C.J. Spiller gaining 7 — 7! — yards? The Bills make things painfully exciting every week, and though the networks don’t air their games, they’re becoming a can’t-miss matchup. 

Pro Football Talk – No. 20, up four
20. Bills (3-4; No. 24):  Mario Williams is playing well.

ESPN.com – No. 21, up four
Mario Williams has now reached double-digit sack totals in each of his two seasons in Buffalo, something he did only twice in six seasons with the Texans.

USA Today – No. 17, up seven
Turns out Mario Williams might be worth the money after all. 

CBS Sports, Pete Prisco – No. 24, up four
That was an impressive victory at Miami. The defense made some big plays. Thad Lewis got his first victory because of it. 

CBS Sports, Pat Kirwan – No. 23
My hat’s off to Doug Marrone for playing Thad Lewis when he lost EJ Manuel. That being said, the Bills need Manuel back to go anywhere. 

Bleacher Report – No. 20, up two
The legend of Thad Lewis grows following a Week 7 win over the Miami Dolphins, but the real story here is the Buffalo Bills defense.

Led by well-known players like Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus, the Bills defense isn’t quite a no-name group. That said, the key playmakers have been rookies Kiko Alonso and Nickell Robey, two players very few people outside the Pac-12 thought of this time last year.

First-year head coach Doug Marrone has done a remarkable job getting this team ready to play each week no matter who the quarterback is or how much experience he has. Marrone is proving himself to be a top-tier game-planner, and the Bills are reaping the benefits. 

FOX Sports, Brian Billick – No. 16, up six
Thaddeus Lewis earned his first win as a starter in the NFL, but the game ball should go to the defense who forced three turnovers, one of which was returned for a touchdown. 

Yahoo Sports, Frank Schwab – No. 22, up five
Quarterback Thad Lewis has now played two good games in a row. EJ Manuel will get his job back when he returns (right?), but Lewis could make things really interesting. 

SB Nation, Ryan Van Bibber – No. 21
The Bills were once so desperate for a second quarterback that they signed Kevin Kolb. And they signed Matt Flynn last week. But there was Thad Lewis all along. In Miami, he kept the ball moving and it kept his team in control of the game, enough for the defense and Dan Carpenterto do the rest of the work. Now they have to do it against the Saints and Chiefs over the next two weeks.


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