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Three up, three down following Buffalo's Week 14 loss to Pittsburgh

The Buffalo Bills announced that coach Rex Ryan will hold his usual his usual Monday press conference at 4:40 p.m., so it appears that any change the team is planning to make won't be immediate.

Nevertheless, at this point it feels inevitable that a coaching change is coming. That should make for an interesting final three weeks of what will become a 17th straight season of missing the playoffs.

Will General Manager Doug Whaley join Ryan in getting a pink slip? Is Tyrod Taylor's time as the starting quarterback finished? Those questions will be answered soon enough.

In the mean time, here is a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling after Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Steelers at New Era Field:

Three Up

• CB Stephon Gilmore: He made his fifth interception of the season, setting the Bills up for their first touchdown and briefly making a game of it. Gilmore has now set a career single-season high in interceptions and has rebounded nicely over the last month after some up-and-down play earlier in the season.

•  WR Sammy Watkins: With four catches for 54 yards, it wasn't some monster statistical performance, but Watkins did score his first touchdown of the season and played 49 of the 52 offensive snaps. Given that he did so on an injured foot, that's impressive.

• LB Lorenzo Alexander: He got his first career interception and registered the only hit of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. On a day when not much went right for the defense, that's noteworthy.

Three Down

• QB Tyrod Taylor: It feels like he's taken up permanent residence here. Taylor had 71 yards entering the fourth quarter, then threw an interception on the first play. There really shouldn't be much of a debate left about whether the Bills should pick up Taylor's option. It's clear that he's not the answer for the Bills.

• LB Jerry Hughes: He played a season-low 30 snaps, just 40 percent of the team's defensive total, and has just one sack in the past nine weeks. Hughes is supposed to be the team's top pass rusher. Instead, he's losing snaps to Alexander and rookie Shaq Lawson.

• K Dan Carpenter: He missed yet another extra point and made one of the worst attempts at an onside kick that you'll ever see. It feels like Carpenter is playing out the string on his time in Buffalo.

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