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Power rankings roundup: Bills drop on ESPN's list despite big win

Here is something to consider on this rainy Tuesday ...

What's more confusing: The Buffalo Bills defeating an AFC East rival, 41-14, and dropping two spots in ESPN's power rankings, or Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throwing for five touchdown passes and getting a negative grade from Pro Football Focus?

I'll take PFF's grading of Rodgers, but either answer is a good one. The Bills dropped to No. 10 in ESPN's weekly power rankings despite manhandling the Dolphins, down from No. 8 the previous week.

Here is a roundup of power rankings put together by members of the national media:

ESPN – No. 10. Comment: "Ground and pound. LeSean McCoy is averaging about 49 rushing yards per game this season, but that hasn't stopped the Bills from leading the NFL in rushing."

ESPN's NFL Football Power Index – No. 5. The Bills made the biggest jump, up six spots from Week Two to Week Three.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports – No. 11. Comment: "They went to Miami and showed they will be a factor in the AFC East. That defense was dominant for much of the game."

Fox Sports – No. 6. Comment: "When the Bills play disciplined and avoid the unnecessary penalties, they have a dominant defense that can generate pressure and stop the run. On the offensive end, quarterback Tyrod Taylor continues to prove doubters wrong."

USA Today – No. 8. Comment: "Another sign they're poised to break 21st century playoff drought? They only face two more teams who reached postseason last year."

Yahoo! Sports – No. 7. Comment: "Give Rex Ryan credit for going with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback. Most coaches would have played it safe. Ryan took a chance and it's paying off."

Peter King*, The MMQB – No. 9. Comment: "In Tyrod Rex Trusts. This is why: Tyrod Taylor has put up 73 points the last two weeks. Tyrod Taylor is completing 74 percent of his throws. Tyrod Taylor has a passer rating 33 points higher than Peyton Manning. * - King ranks his top-15 teams in his "fine fifteen" column.

Elliot Harrison, NFL.com – No. 6. Comment: "That was a butt-kicking by the Bills down in Miami. Everyone got in on the act: the pass rush, Ronald Darby, Corey Graham, Chris Hogan, Bacarri Rambo, Tyrod Taylor, Marcell Dareus, Karlos Williams, Joe Ferguson ... OK, maybe not the last guy. But don't tell me the guys from the '70s and '80s Bills didn't love watching Miami get dominated from kickoff to gun. Week 2's loss to the Patriots already seems well in the rearview -- that's how you answer a Sit down! from the ruler of your division."

SB Nation – No. 6. The Bills moved up from No. 9 a week ago.

Bleacher Report – No. 7. Comment: "Maybe workers can resume construction on that Tyrod Taylor statue now? Here's to hoping the blueprint wasn't burned, because after a stumble against the New England Patriots, lowlighted by three interceptions and eight sacks, the Buffalo Bills' answer at quarterback looked at ease again in Week 3. Taylor is in his natural environment when rolling out and asked to make throws on the run. He did that often during a win over the Miami Dolphins while completing 72.4 percent of his throws. The 26-year-old also threw three touchdown passes without an interception and without being sacked. Soon enough his Week 2 woes against the Patriots could look like a minor blip and far from the norm for Taylor."

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