Dec 22, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) drops to pass under pressure from Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams (95) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Dolphins 19-0. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Power Rankings countdown: 25. Buffalo Bills

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2014 NFL Power Rankings Countdown

25.  Buffalo Bills (AFC East)

2013 Record:  6-10

Head coach:  Doug Marrone - Marrone enters his second season as the Bills head coach after leading the team to a 6-10 record in 2013.  The Bills have had an unbelievable nine straight losing seasons, and Marrone will try to finally get things going in the right direction in 2014.  He had a top ten defense last season.

Best offensive player:  Sammy Watkins, wide receiver - Watkins is a dynamic playmaker who should immediately have an impact on the Bills offense.  He has good size and speed, and will give second yea quarterback EJ Manuel a reliable target to throw to.

Best defensive player:  Kyle Williams, defensive tackle - Williams had a dominant season in 2013 with 10.5 sacks and is one of the most consistent defensive tackles in the NFL.  He’s one of the main reasons the Bills had a top ten defense last season, and with the talent the Bills have one their D-line it makes it hard to double team him.

Rising Star:  Kiko Alonso, outside linebacker - Alonzo has a torn ACL and will miss the 2014 season.  However, he’s still a rising star in the league, and if he comes back strong from the injury, then the Bills  still have a good young player who has a bright future.

Best new addition:  Sammy Watkins, wide receiver - Watkins should instantly become the Bills number one target in the passing game.  And his abilities as a deep threat should open things up for other receivers and the running game as well.

Biggest offseason loss: Jairus Byrd, strong safety - Byrd is regarded as one of the top safeties in the NFL, and signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints.  He’s a three time pro bowl selection, and his abilities in pass coverage and against the run won’t be easily replaced by the Bills.  However, the impact of the loss should be eased if the Bills continue to have a strong pass rush.

Biggest strength:  The Bills biggest strength is their defensive line.  The Bills had four defensive linemen with over 7 sacks last season, and three had over 10.  That’s a serious pass rush right there.  However, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was recently arrested on drug charges, so his availability for the upcoming season is up in the air.          NFL Power Rankings

Biggest weakness:  The Bills biggest weakness is their passing game.  Rookie receiver Sammy Watkins should this, but until quarterback EJ Manuel can stay healthy for an extended period of time and improves as a passer, then the Bills passing game will continue to be a work in progress.    2014 NFL Power Rankings Countdown

32. Houston Texans

31. Cleveland Browns

30.  Minnesota Vikings

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

28. Oakland Raiders

27.  Washington Redskins

26.  Atlanta Falcons

25.  Buffalo Bills

24.  Tennessee Titans

23.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers

22.  Detroit Lions

21.  Miami Dolphins

20.  St. Louis Rams

 

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