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Three up, three down following Bills' win over Houston

The Buffalo Bills are still alive in the AFC playoff race thanks to Sunday's 30-21 victory over the Houston Texans. Here's a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling after the game:

Three up

Tyrod Taylor: He completed only 11 of 21 passes, but three of them went for touchdowns and he added another one on the ground. Taylor continues to do a good job of protecting the ball, having not thrown an interception since Week Four against the New York Giants.

LeSean McCoy: He finished with 112 yards on the ground for the third time in five games. When he went out in the third quarter to be checked for a possible concussion, the Bills' offense grounded to a halt. It's clear that things run through McCoy when he's on the field.

Bacarri Rambo: His hit on Cecil Shorts III forced an incomplete pass, which led to a Houston punt. That led to the Bills' winning points. It was the type of play that will be looked back on at the end of the year as one that potentially saved Buffalo's season.

Three down

Dan Carpenter: The Bills' kicker missed a 50-yard field goal that would have given his team a two-possession lead late in the third quarter. On its own, that would be forgivable since that's not a chip shot. But Carpenter made things worse by missing an extra point in the fourth quarter. That left the Bills up just six points, and could have cost them the game had Houston scored a touchdown.

Mario Williams: He played 72 of 76 defensive snaps and registered only one quarterback hit. Yes, his presence helps the defense in other ways, but the Bills aren't paying nearly $20 million on the salary cap  this season for Williams for that.

Ron Brooks: A holding penalty on special teams cost the Bills 51 yards of field position. Luckily for Brooks, the Bills scored on the possession anyway. He also suffered a shoulder injury late in the game, the severity of which is still to be determined.

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