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Around the nation: Bills power rankings

Posted by Dallas Miller on December 4, 2013 – 6:41 pm

POWER RANKINGS
Yahoo Sports, Frank Schwab – No. 22, up two
That’s what happens when you sell out your home-field advantage for Toronto games. They probably beat the Falcons on Sunday if the game was at Buffalo and not on a neutral field.

USA Today – No.23, same
TE Scott Chandler’s OT fumble was a killer; blame Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (Fred Jackson jersey).

Sportsnet, Geoff Lowe – No. 23, down one
The Bills defence got roasted by Matt Ryan and the Falcons in Toronto on Sunday, but that wasn’t what cost them the game. An uncharacteristic fumble by Stevie Johnson in Atlanta territory effectively ended the game and Buffalo’s slim post-season dreams. The Bills are now 1-5 in their games north of the border.

Pro Football Talk, Mike Florio – No. 24, same
24.  Bills (4-8; No. 24): In defense of Stevie Johnson and Scott Chandler, Mayor Rob Ford was spotted with some of the game balls after devouring a basket of greasy chicken wings.

ESPN.com – No. 24, same
C.J. Spiller had 131 total rushing yards before contact Sunday, the fourth-highest total by a running back this season. Spiller’s 140 yards between the tackles was a season high.

FOX Sports, Brian Billick – No. 25, down one
The Bills had their second-highest point total of the season but had back-to-back fumbles that cost them the game.

NFL.com, Elliot Harrison – No. 26, same
What a shame that the Bills dropped another game they could’ve had. What was not a shame, however, was the way the 1-2 punch in the backfield finally produced. C.J. Spiller was awesome, rushing for 149 yards on 15 carries, while Fred Jackson put up 78 yards from scrimmage and scored twice. This was the way it was always supposed to work for the 4-8 Bills. Spiller wasn’t supposed to get dinged up and then all but disappear, EJ Manuel wasn’t supposed to miss four games, and a bunch of other bad things weren’t supposed to happen. And oh yeah, they weren’t supposed to be “the 4-8 Bills.”

CBS Sports, Pat Kirwan – No. 26
The Bills lead the NFL in sacks with 43 and an offense being built for the future. The Last month has three winnable games and a good test to prepare for next season.

Bleacher Report, Matt Miller – No. 26, down two
The 2013 Buffalo Bills are a very young team coached by a first-year NFL head coach. They will make mistakes. There will be bad games. Week 13 can be chalked up to a lot of youth facing an Atlanta Falcons team with tons of experience.

The Bills were hot early but couldn’t close things out, and that’s the mark of an inexperienced ballclub. The learning experience will be valuable, though, for coach Doug Marrone and for players like EJ Manuel and Kiko Alonso.

The 2013 season is about development and evaluation for the Bills, and there was plenty of good in their loss to Atlanta. And in 2014, the raw talent will be better prepared to win close games.

SB Nation, Jason Chilton – No. 27, down four
Last week, we opined that 650 yards from scrimmage over the last five games would be the perfect gift for C.J. Spiller to give to his already-eliminated Fantasy owners. Spiller got 157 of them out of the way last Sunday, smoking Atlanta on a fast Toronto track while Fred Jackson hammered the Falcons between the tackles. Unfortunately for the Bills, their receivers were also in a giving (read: fumbling) mood, and that largesse combined with some questionable dealing from E.J. Manuel helped the Falcons stick around and eventually win in overtime. While the 2013 Bills aren’t all they were cracked up to be, with Spiller providing explosiveness they could serve as a stretch-run spoiler. BONUS: In honor of the game’s Toronto venue, the preceding paragraph contains several Rob Ford jokes. Can YOU find them all? (Last Week: 23)

CBS Sports, Pete Prisco – No. 30, down five
They might want to work on fumbling drills. How does that happen against Atlanta?


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