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Three up, three down following Bills' disastrous loss to Chargers

After the Buffalo Bills shocked the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4, LeSean McCoy had a message as the media came into the team's locker room.

"Y'all picked us to lose, right?" he shouted. "Come talk to the winners!"

McCoy and the Bills knew expectations for the team were low. They were more than ready to play the "nobody believed in us" card. As the Bills kept winning, eventually reaching 5-2 on the season, that changed. Fans and the media started buying in, thinking this could be the year the team finally ends a 17-year playoff drought.

Then the last three weeks happened. The Bills have managed to find new and different ways to humiliate themselves during a three-game losing streak that includes Sunday's 54-24 shellacking by the Los Angeles Chargers. Suddenly, all those preseason predictions about a team winning anywhere between five and eight games are looking a lot more like the reality.

Here is a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling after Week 11.

Three up

• LeSean McCoy: Facing the worst run defense in the league figured to be a good chance for Shady to put up some numbers, and he did just that. McCoy finished with 114 yards on 13 carries. In a different game, he might have gone for 200 rushing yards.

• Stephen Hauschka: He set an NFL record by making his 13th straight field goal from 50 yards or longer. Neat.

• CB Tre'Davious White: According to analytics website Pro Football Focus, White allowed just two catches on four targets for 19 yards. Here's an idea: It might be time to start putting him on the other team's No. 1 receiver.

Three down

• QB Nathan Peterman: This doesn't need much explanation, so I'll use this space this way: I can't see any way that Sean McDermott goes back to Peterman as his quarterback. As ridiculous as the idea sounds right now, the Bills are still in a playoff race. Peterman showed Sunday he's not close to being ready to be an NFL starter – and there are serious doubts now that he'll ever get there. That's how bad of a showing it was.

• RT Jordan Mills: It was a mismatch on paper, and it played out that way, as Mills had his hands full all afternoon with Chargers pass rusher Joey Bosa. PFF charged Mills with one sack allowed, one quarterback hit and four hurries. He also took a penalty in what was his lowest-graded game of the season.

• LB Lorenzo Alexander: He hasn't had a sack since Week 3 and appeared to get replaced in the lineup by rookie Matt Milano at times. According to PFF, Alexander hasn't had a single quarterback pressure in the last two weeks, and has just four since Week 5.

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