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Three up, three down following Bills' Week 16 loss to New England

Say this for the Buffalo Bills: While the result against the New England Patriots is predictable, the way it's achieved is always interesting.

Buffalo's 37-16 loss on Christmas Eve had a bit of everything: Terrible officiating, painfully conservative coaching and a classic defensive collapse.

Here's a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling after Week 16:

Three up

• S Jordan Poyer: Hopefully he kept the ball. Poyer's first career touchdown came on a 19-yard interception return. On its own, that would be special enough. But coming against the greatest quarterback of all time takes it to a whole other level. Poyer tackled well, and even though he gave up a couple catches in coverage, the yardage allowed was not bad.

• RB LeSean McCoy: The Bills' best offensive threat is too often their only offensive threat. McCoy once again did his part against New England, rushing for 71 yards and adding 76 more as a receiver. McCoy looked as dynamic as ever in the open field.

• WR Kelvin Benjamin: He got robbed. Benjamin's touchdown catch in the second quarter – let's just call it that, because it should have been – was one of the nicest plays by the Bills this season. It's a crime the NFL overturned it on some nonsensical review. Benjamin had five catches for 70 yards, including a 35-yarder against former Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore. It was a gutty effort as he deals with a knee injury that is likely to require surgery after the season.

Three down

• RB Mike Tolbert: It's hard to understand what the coaching staff sees in Tolbert that the rest of us don't. He had three carries for minus-3 yards. Since Week 9, Tolbert has missed three games because of injury, was a healthy inactive for another one and has 30 yards on 15 carries. The only game in over that stretch he was remotely productive in came against Indianapolis, and he lost a fumble on one of his six carries in that game. Again, the Bills have to do better than that.

• K Stephen Hauschka: The call to try a field goal on fourth and 1 from the Patriots' 32-yard line early in the fourth quarter were awful, but so too was Hauschka's attempt. He didn't come close from 50 yards out, giving the Patriots the ball at their own 40-yard line. A short time later, they put the game away with a touchdown. Hauschka has been solid this season, but this was not a good sequence for him.

• CB Leonard Johnson: He gave up four catches on five targets for a total of 58 yards, according to analytics website Pro Football Focus. Johnson also missed a team-high three tackles.

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