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Bills up 4 spots in power rankings

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2016 – 8:58 am

The Bills grind it out win at Cincinnati last Sunday earned them a bump in the power rankings. Here’s where they checked in this week.


Rex Ryan asked Marvin Lewis for a gift — and the football gods gave it to him. No A.J. Green to deal with, as the Bengals’ star wideout went down with a hamstring injury on the opening drive of the game. Hate seeing Green go down, but fortunately, the injury doesn’t appear as bad as initially thought. And hey, the football gods kinda owed Ryan a favor (or 35). No team in pro football has been beset with more injury problems to key players this season than the Bills. Ryan’s squad stuck it out Sunday on the road, thanks to timely defense and a stout run game — despite yet another injury to LeSean McCoy. That said, Tyrod Taylor has to make that third-and-5 completion to Percy Harvin on the final Bills drive. Jeff Tuel could have made that throw. EJ Manuel could have made that throw. Joe Ferguson could have made that throw. Joe Ferguson — right now, at age 66 — could have made that throw. Still, nice win. Click here for a sweet pic of the final-play scrum.



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Bills move higher in top 10 of NFL rankings

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2015 – 9:33 am’s Week 4 power rankings are out and the Bills have moved up another rung in the top 10.

In the wake of their Week 3 thrashing of the Dolphins 41-14, moved the Bills up to number six in their power rankings. Here’s what they wrote about Rex Ryan’s crew.


That was a butt-kicking by the Bills down in Miami. Everyone got in on the act: the pass rush, Ronald Darby, Corey Graham, Chris Hogan, Bacarri Rambo, Tyrod Taylor, Marcell Dareus, Karlos Williams, Joe Ferguson … OK, maybe not the last guy. But don’t tell me the guys from the ’70s and ’80s Bills didn’t love watching Miami get dominated from kickoff to gun. Week 2’s loss to the Patriots already seems well in the rearview — that’s how you answer a ‘Sit down!’ from the ruler of your division. 
The only teams ranked ahead of Buffalo are, in order, the Packers, Patriots, Cardinals, Bengals, Broncos.

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Final NFL power ranks positive on Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on February 4, 2014 – 2:39 pm has put together their final NFL power rankings and not surprisingly, the Seahawks reign supreme. The Bills, who are coming off a 6-10 season, did not excited the so called experts, but they did paint a positive outlook for the club moving forward.

Buffalo ranked 23rd in the final power rankings for 2013, but here’s what was written about where the team is headed.

23 – BILLS
Buffalo should be in an excellent salary-cap situation, meaning it can fill several small holes at linebacker, on the offensive line and in the secondary, and figure out what to do with Jairus Byrd. Coach Doug Marrone has so much young talent; it will be up to his staff to develop it. Drafting another ‘backer would be pleasant, too.

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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., 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. – 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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Billick’s Power Rankings

Posted by Chris Brown on September 18, 2012 – 12:32 pm

Former NFL head coach and’s Brian Billick has released his power ranking for Week 3 and the Bills moved up two spots on his list.

Billick has the Bills ranked 21st in the league up two places from 23rd last week. Here’s what he wrote.

21 – Bills – Record: 1-1 – High/low: 18/23

The injury to Fred Jackson may have been the best thing that ever happened to this team. C.J. Spiller now leads the league in rushing and is averaging over 10 yards per carry. After getting zero sacks against the Jets, the Bills defensive line totaled fExpand Description
The injury to Fred Jackson may have been the best thing that ever happened to this team. C.J. Spiller now leads the league in rushing and is averaging over 10 yards per carry. After getting zero sacks against the Jets, the Bills defensive line totaled five last weekend. That is more like it.
Billick’s top three right now are the 49ers, Texans and Falcons.

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Power rankings has Bills in lower middle

Posted by Chris Brown on September 4, 2012 – 2:16 pm put out their NFL power rankings and Buffalo was ranked 20th overall.

No real insight about their ranking was provided by the journalist for this piece. Instead he copied and pasted a text from a colleague of his about how he saw the Bills season playing out.

At the top of the rankings list were the Giants (#1), Packers (#2), 49ers (#3).

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Bills top 10 in power rankings

Posted by Chris Brown on October 4, 2011 – 6:58 pm

Despite their last second loss last week at Cincinnati, the Bills still remain in the top 10 in the ESPN NFL power rankings.

Buffalo slipped from 6th to 9th with the loss. Here’s was the one liner to go along with their ranking this week.

The young Bills showed a lack of maturity with a letdown against Cincinnati.

Buffalo’s opponent this week, the Eagles, also slipped three spots from 17th to 20th.

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