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Three up, three down following Buffalo's Week 16 loss to Miami

In true Buffalo fashion, the Bills got all the help they needed in Week 16.

But they couldn't take care of their own business. Losses by the Ravens and Titans meant the Bills would have gone into Week 17 with their postseason hopes still alive had they beat the Dolphins on Saturday at New Era Field. We all know how that turned out.

Had the Bills won (I know, I know), they would have needed to beat the Jets in Week 17 and have the Ravens, Dolphins, Broncos and Titans lose to sneak into the postseason.

Anyway, here is a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling after Week 16:

Three up

• QB Tyrod Taylor: It might be too little, too late in regards to his time as the Bills' starter, but Taylor was magnificent against the Dolphins. He threw for 329 yards – his first career game topping the 300 milestone – with three touchdowns and a 118.4 passer rating. He also added 60 rushing yards. It's hard to believe, but the Bills have lost Taylor's best games this season, with Saturday's effort surpassing what he did in Seattle on Monday Night Football.

• Charles Clay: Say it with me, again – Where has this been all season? Clay now has 15 catches over the past two games, finishing Saturday with eight grabs for 85 yards and two scores. If nothing else, the last two weeks have shown that the Bills can reasonably expect to get more from Clay next season, especially if they have a quarterback more willing to throw to the middle of the field.

• Sammy Watkins: Seven catches for 154 yards, including a beautiful touchdown reception. Watkins continues to gut through his foot injury, whatever that may be. He deserves plenty of credit for playing hurt for a team with long, and now dead, postseason odds.

Three down

• Dan Carpenter: It was bad enough that Carpenter missed two field goals, including a 45-yarder in overtime, but to then duck out of the locker room before it was open to reporters made things even worse. How about standing there and answering a couple questions about what happened on those attempts? It was an all-around weak showing by the Bills' kicker.

• Zach Brown: The Bills' inside linebacker missed two tackles, giving him five in the last three weeks, according to analytics website Pro Football Focus. Brown has just five "stops," over that stretch, according to PFF. Those are defined as failures for the offense. In the first six weeks of the season, Brown had 30 stops and just five missed tackles.

• Shaq Lawson: The Bills' No. 1 draft pick played only 16 snaps and did not register a defensive statistic against Miami. Lawson is now nine games into his career, and has 12 tackles and two sacks, none since Week Nine.

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