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Buffalo Bills into top half of power rankings following Week 7 win

The Bills are trending up, kind of

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NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Sitting at 4-2, the Buffalo Bills have one of the top records in football and would be in the playoffs if they started tomorrow. The weekly power rankings are putting them right on the cusp of ending the drought.

This is where the Bills stand as of now with the Oakland Raiders looming around the corner.

Sports Illustrated jumps the Bills up from 17 to 13

Highest-place vote: 9th (3)
Lowest-place vote: 18th

Yahoo Sports’ Shutdown Corner moved the Bills up one spot to 16

“The Bills’ leading receivers Sunday were Deonte Thompson and Nick O’Leary, and if you’re playing in a fantasy league in which either of those two were starting, you need to cut about 10 teams from that league. Their only passing touchdown was caught by tight end Logan Thomas, who in an earlier life was drafted as a quarterback out of Virginia Tech. The Bills scored 30 points with some unlikely contributors. Give this coaching staff credit: They’re putting everyone in positions to succeed.”

The Bills won, but USA Today dropped them 3 spots

“Bend-but-don't break defense making huge plays, collecting 11 takeaways over past four games to offset worrisome amount of yards allowed through air.”

Bleacher Report moves the Bills up to 10, 3 spots higher than last week

“The Buffalo Bills continue to find ways to win. They dominated the Buccaneers early, ran the ball well, and Tyrod Taylor made some big plays off play action and the bootleg. Perhaps more importantly, Buffalo seems to have found some receiving help. Former quarterback Logan Thomas—now a tight end—had a big touchdown grab. the Bills need him to contribute with Charles Clay out. Wideout Deonte Thompson had a breakout game with four catches and 107 yards. Buffalo is still a team to watch in the AFC.”

ESPN moves the Bills up 3 spots to 15

“Their division chances might not be high, but the Bills have the seventh-best chances of making the playoffs in the AFC (39.0 percent). They still have four games against the Patriots and Dolphins from Weeks 13 to 17, so if they can keep winning in the meantime, who knows what will happen down the stretch?” moves up Buffalo 2 spots to 9th

“Picked up to the Bills' broadcast team toward the end of Buffalo's close call against the Bucs. They really get their money's worth out of Steven Hauschka: He's Hausch-money ... The Bills are playin' with Hausch-money ... It's the game-winner from Hausch-money. Tyrod Taylor to Nick O'Leary made the Bucs' defense look like ... wait for it ... a Hausch of cards. That was a heckuva effort from Buffalo's full-Hausch backfield, with LeSean McCoy, Mike Tolbert and Taylor. Newly signed receiver Deonte Thompson proved to be quite the rental ... Hausch ... OK, I'm done. #BillsMafia”