Rex Ryan believed his team was better than the one that started the season 0-2.
After Sunday's 30-19 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, it's becoming clear what the Buffalo Bills' head coach saw.
"The Jets game, we stunk up the joint, especially defensively, and that wasn't what this team looked like," Ryan said. "That wasn't what this defense looked like all training camp. That was disheartening, but it wasn't for a lack of confidences. I knew we could get the ship righted and right now, it looks like we're going in the right direction."
Here is a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling after the Bills' win over the Rams:
• RB LeSean McCoy – He lamented some of the yards he left out there against the Rams, saying he has a tendency to dance at times instead of just hitting the hole and picking up the yardage available to him. There might be some truth in that, but McCoy shouldn't be so hard on himself. His 150 yards on the ground carried the Bills' offense. At 28, he shows no sign of slowing down.
• CB Nickell Robey-Coleman – What a homecoming for the Southern Cal product. His pick-six in the third quarter gave the Bills the lead and provided a much-needed shot of energy to a team that had allowed the Rams to climb out of a 10-point hole. Robey-Coleman now has two defensive touchdowns this season and capped off his game with a second interception of Case Keenum in the fourth quarter.
• TE Charles Clay – Without Sammy Watkins, the Bills need Clay and Robert Woods to step up for the offense. In back-to-back weeks, that's happened. After Woods had a big game against New England, Clay produced his best game of the season against the Rams, finishing with five catches for 76 yards. Clay now has 10 catches the last two games after making just seven in the first three weeks.
• QB Tyrod Taylor – Yes, he threw two touchdowns and scrambled for a 22-yard gain to cover third and 19, but Taylor finished the game 12 of 23 for 124 yards, completing just five passes to wide receivers. Those wideouts didn't do Taylor any favors with several drops, but there were opportunities for Taylor to make some plays that he simply missed.
• CB Stephon Gilmore – He got beat for a 31-yard completion by Tavon Austin, and later took a holding penalty to give Los Angeles a first down. It was another performance from Gilmore that calls into question whether the Bills should give him a massive contract extension after the year.
• K Dan Carpenter – His missed extra point loomed large throughout the game. It was Carpenter's second missed extra point this season a year after he missed six. It's at the point where Bills fans have to hold their breath when he comes onto the field.