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Power rankings: Where the Bills land heading into playoffs

The Buffalo Bills head into the NFL playoffs as the 2023 regular season has come to a close.

Rounding out the year for the Bills (11-6) was a 21-14 win over the Miami Dolphins. It handed Buffalo their fourth-straight AFC East title. 

As far as power rankings are concerned, it helped there too.

Here’s a quick roundup of where the Bills stand in national media power rankings heading into the postseason:

NFL Wire

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Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

3. Buffalo Bills

I have complete faith that the Bills can win the Super Bowl. On their best day, they can beat anybody. It’s the days where they aren’t their best that worry me. When Josh Allen starts going sicko mode and launching prayers while blaring “Highway To Hell” in his head. That said, this is an AFC that is as wide open as it’s been in quite some time, I like Buffalo’s odds.

Pro Football Talk

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(Photo by Rich Storry/Getty Images)

3. Bills (11-6, No. 3):

Let Josh sizzle.

Pro Football Network

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(Photo by Rich Storry/Getty Images)

3) Buffalo Bills

The Bills finished the season on a five-game win streak and claimed its fourth consecutive AFC East title with a victory over the Dolphins. Josh Allen tried to give away the game with multiple first-half endzone interceptions, but he pulled out his usual Superman antics to pull out the win.

Buffalo’s defense deserves credit, too, after holding Miami to 57 yards and zero points in the second half. They’ve allowed 22 or fewer points in each of their last five games and might be meshing just in time for the postseason.

Bleacher Report

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(Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

4. Buffalo Bills (11-6, AFC No. 2 Seed)

Last Week: 5

Week 18 Result: Won at Miami 21-14

Not that long ago, it appeared the Buffalo Bills might not make the playoffs at all. There was a scenario in Week 18 where they could have been frozen out altogether.

Instead, the Bills beat the Miami Dolphins for the second time this season and are the AFC East champions for the fourth consecutive year.

After Buffalo won its fifth straight game, quarterback Josh Allen talked up his team’s heart while addressing the media.

“What a resilient group. So proud of our guys,” Allen said. “They battled their tails off. The final couple of drives I felt we found a groove on the offensive side of the ball. The ball was coming out of my hands the best all year.”

The Bills have been inconsistent at times this season. And Allen’s propensity for turnovers (he had three in Miami territory Sunday night) could be a killer in the postseason.

However, he is an elite quarterback, and Buffalo has a top-five offense in terms of yards per game, a top-five defense in terms of points allowed, and it’s red-hot entering the playoffs.

In other words, the Bills are not going to be an easy out.

NFL.com

(Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
(Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

4. Bills (+2)

Which Josh Allen will we get against the Steelers? First-half-against-Miami Allen? That was the guy who threw two end-zone interceptions and was lucky Trent Sherfield caught his batted pass for a touchdown. Or will we get second-half Allen, who — though he did lose a big fumble at the Miami 28 late in the third quarter and was stopped on a late sneak attempt — willed the Bills to victory? Allen completed 14 of 15 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown in the second half, also converting five third/fourth downs with his legs, including an absurd 15-yard scramble on third-and-13. I joked with a friend midgame that Josh probably uses a blowtorch to kill mosquitoes. Sometimes you roast ’em. Sometimes you burn down your backyard. Allen tried to set the grass ablaze in the first half, but in the end, the blowtorch won. The early weather reports for Sunday’s game suggest it could be … wintry. Bring on the thundersnow. I’ll be watching this puppy with Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter” as my pregame hype music.

CBS Sports

(Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
(Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

4. Bills (–)

They ripped off five straight victories to win the AFC East. They are a real threat to any team and to win it all.

Yahoo! Sports

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3. Buffalo Bills (11-6, LW: 3)

The Bills made a statement Sunday night, and not just by winning the AFC East. Not many other teams would be able to overcome three turnovers in Miami territory and a clock management fiasco at the end of the half to beat a team like the Dolphins on the road. Buffalo at Baltimore would be a fantastic AFC championship game.

Story originally appeared on Bills Wire