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Three up, three down following another embarrassing Bills loss

The Buffalo Bills' playoff drought is now eligible for a driver's license.

For 16 straight seasons, the Bills will be at home when the NFL's postseason begins, with the nail in the coffin coming Sunday in the form of a 35-25 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Here is a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling after the game:

 

Three Up

• Sammy Watkins: The Bills' No. 1 receiver had another big game, finishing with five catches for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Watkins also made it clear players inside the locker room need to hold each other accountable for the team's failures. On the field and off, he gave the Bills what they needed from him Sunday.

• Mike Gillislee: The Bills' reserve running back, signed off the practice squad just three weeks ago, rushed for a touchdown for the second straight game. Gillislee's 60-yard touchdown run was the Bills' longest since Fred Jackson's  80-yard score in October 2011. For the game, Gillislee gained 81 yards on just four carries.

• Manny Lawson: The Bills' versatile defender had two passes defensed and a tackle for a loss. Hey, it's something.

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Three Down

• Dennis Thurman: It would be easy, and deserving, to put Rex Ryan here again, but we've been down that road plenty this season. Instead, some of the blame can go to Thurman, the Bills' defensive coordinator. A week after calling the officiating in the NFL "a disgrace," that same adjective described Thurman's defense Sunday. Once again, the Bills had to waste timeouts on defense because players either weren't line up properly or were late getting the play call. Ryan rightfully gets most of the blame for the Bills' failures on defense, but it's worth wondering what exactly Thurman is doing to make things better. On the surface, it doesn't seem like much.

• Greg Roman: Thurman wasn't the only coordinator to have a miserable day. On the offensive side of the ball, Roman also made a mess of things. From running jet sweeps with Marcus Thigpen to putting Cyrus Kouandjio in motion to insisting on using EJ Manuel to run Wildcat plays, Roman's game plan plain stunk. A four-play stretch in which the Bills were unable to punch the ball in from the Washington 1-yard line exemplified that perfectly. Roman called three straight run plays against one of the biggest, most physical defensive lines the Bills have faced, then called a fade route to Sammy Watkins, who is a tremendous athlete, but not a size mismatch for most cornerbacks.

• Chris Hogan: He had a pair of drops, including one on a perfectly placed deep ball that would have set the Bills up with a first and goal. Hogan is a decent-enough player, but doesn't have one skill which would seem to worry defensive coordinators. The Bills certainly should look to upgrade their No. 3 receiver position in the offseason.

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